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Jehovah Rapha. Today begins a new series that will explore the names of God in the Bible. A new post on the names of God will be published on the first Thursday of each month.
The Bible declares that God is at work in the world and in the lives of those who believe in Him. His names illustrate that work in us.
You can find everything that you are looking for about The Names of God and Why We Should Study and Pray Them, in this post as well as in-depth studies on each of the 9 names of God we cover (Adonai, Abba, Jehovah Jireh and many more) but you may also wish to purchase the ebook for your convenience. No ads, no pop ups and you’ll have it forever to refer to when fasting. It includes a video and additional downloads. The best part – it’s only $5! Your choice, read it here or have it forever.
Today, we will examine Jehovah Rapha. This is one of my favorite of all of God’s names as it shows us how he loves us and heals us both physically and emotionally.
Jehovah Rapha – The LORD who heals.
Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rapha (râpâ’) means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined – Jehovah Rapha – it can be translated as “Jehovah Who Heals.” (Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3).
Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.
Jeremiah 30:17 . . . I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the LORD. He wants us healthy and happy.
Isaiah 53:3-4 . . . Surely he has taken up our grief and pain, and carried our sorrows. He carried our grief, sorrow and pain on Calvary.
Isaiah 40:18-29 . . . Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.
1 Peter 5:6-7 . . . Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; he’ll promote you at the right time. Live carefree before God; he is most careful with you.
Job 6:10 . . . This would be my comfort; I would even exult in pain unsparing, for I have not denied the words of the Holy One, my God.
Isaiah 40:31 . . . But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Those who put their trust in the Lord will run and not get tired; they will walk and not fall behind.
Matthew 5:4 . . . Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.
Psalms 30:5 . . . Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
Here is a printable for you to always keep His promises nearby (click the photo for a downloadable version to save or print)
Across a lifetime there is only God’s love. The nights of crying your eyes out will give way to days of laughter. After God miraculously provided for the Israelites by parting the Red Sea, they continued on their journey. After three days without finding water, they came to Marah and were delighted to see water. Their delight soon turned to grumbling, however, when they discovered that the water was bitter. As Moses prayed, God instructed him to cast a tree into the water, and the water became sweet. God then spoke the words in today’s scripture verse. He told them that he is Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who heals you.
The Old Testament recounts many instances of God providing healing and restoration. And, of course, the New Testament is filled with accounts of people being healed by Jesus, and later through the apostles. What Jehovah did at Marah, what Jesus did throughout the New Testament, he will do today for those who trust and obey him.
We all need healing at various times in our lives. Physical, emotional, moral or relationship healing. If you need healing in any area of your life today, listen carefully to God by reading the Bible, by communicating with him in prayer and by seeking godly counsel. Commit to pleasing the Lord, doing things his way. Trust Jesus. God is Jehovah-rapha, the Lord who heals you.
Let’s apply this lesson to our hearts today. I invite you to join me as we allow Jehovah Rapha to examine our hearts. Are you and I more like the Israelites than we care to admit? When God doesn’t work in our lives in the way that we think He should, do we grow bitter? Do we begin to plan ways that we can make things happen through our own efforts? When God’s timing is different than we had hoped, do we harbor resentment against Him? How often do we look at people in our lives who do not seem to have the same struggles that we have and pose the question, “What did I do to make God mad at me? I am as good as they are.”
He is Jehovah Rapha-the Lord who heals you-and He longs to heal us of resentfulness, bitterness and pride if we will but trust Him and walk before Him in obedience. Let’s allow Him to examine our hearts and heal us of the diseases that sin inflicts upon us. The picture here is glorious: Our shepherd offers to come to us in the midst of our pain and depressed condition, and to sit by our side. He promises to bind up our wounds and strengthen the parts of us that have become sick and diseased.
I also have a printable version of the below questions for you HERE.
Questions to Ponder and Discuss
Jehovah Rapha: The Lord who heals
What are some ways that God heals?
Why do you think that God doesn’t always heal the way we think He should?
In those circumstances, what is your reaction to God?
Journal about a time that God has healed you (physical, spiritual, emotional or anyway that applies)
Read Exodus 15:22-23. What happened when the Israelites finally found water? What did they call that place?
How did God provide? (v. 25) Why do you think He chose this method?
Where did God lead them after He issued this decree? (Exodus 15:27)
What did the people find there?
Does bitterness fill your heart today? Do you need refreshing? Share what is on your heart below.
Read 2 Kings 20:5-6. What specifically did Isaiah tell King Hezekiah about his healing in verse 6?
How did God heal Hezekiah? (v. 7) Why do you think He used figs?
What lesson do you glean from this?
I love studying the names of God and learning new facets of His wonders. What is your favorite of the names of God? Had you already known of Jehovah Rapha?
Did you enjoy this new feature at Woman of Noble Character? Do you like the format with the study questions and related Bible verses with printables? I’d love to hear your feedback!
For a great book on stories about our God who heals and prayers for Him, see this book by Mary Nelson (no relation!). You can read an interview with the author about the book HERE.
Because He Lives,