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what a beautiful name {jehovah-rapha: my healer}

Are you feeling broken? Wounded? Worn out? Ashamed?

I have good news. Our God is Jehovah-Rapha: Healer.


I mentioned before that our ladies’ Bible study group is working on The Names of God Bible Challenge. Though I’ve only just started sharing with you, we are actually about half-way through it. One of the ladies remarked how amazed she is at what she’s learning. She didn’t anticipate that the study of God’s names and titles would reveal so much.

background photo by Michelle Buchanan

Our text is from Exodus 15:22-27.

To gain some insight, let’s look at the events preceding our passage. You can read this account in Exodus 6-14. God had just brought the Israelites out of Egypt in a miraculous way. Egypt faced ten great plagues as Pharaoh refused to let the Hebrews go. He finally relented at the final plague; but, in a rage, chased after the departing Israelites. With Pharaoh and his army in hot pursuit, the Israelites began to panic. However, God was prepared to help their escape. The Red Sea was parted for them; they walked across the sea bed on dry ground! Once the last of God’s people had crossed, the great wall of water let go and Pharaoh and his army were lost.

The people were full of praises!

The Isaraelites traveled in the Wilderness of Shur for three days with no water. Coming to Marah, I’m sure they were anxious for refreshment. To their utter disappointment, the water there was not palatable–bitter. Gone were the praises from their lips, replaced with grumbling and complaining and casting blame on Moses. They were bitter, too.

Moses cried out to God on their behalf. He followed God’s instruction to throw a tree into the water and it was healed–made sweet.

God then revealed Himself to them as the God Who Heals, Jehovah-Rapha. He showed mercy to His people. Though they responded poorly to the bitter water, God gave them a gift. And, as God is wont to do, He provided in abundance shortly afterward in the oasis of Elim, which had twelve wells of water and many palms.

Jehovah-Rapha. Jehovah, the personal name of God. Rapha, physician, to heal, or to make whole. My Healer.

I’ve been teaching my Sunday school class about the miracles Jesus performed. He healed the sick, the lame, the blind. Such power! But look at this account:

Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.” And at once some of the scribes said within themselves, “This Man blasphemes!”
But Jesus, knowing their thoughts, said, “Why do you think evil in your hearts? For which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven you,’ or to say, ‘Arise and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man has power on earth to forgive sins”—then He said to the paralytic, “Arise, take up your bed, and go to your house.”

Matthew 9:2-6

Physical healing was wonderful, but more marvellous yet is His ability to heal the soul and spirit.

Perhaps that tree, which healed the water, was a picture of the cross. True healing, after all, is found in His finished work on the cross:

 But He [Jesus] was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.

Isaiah 53:5

Again, God does nothing in small measure. In this healing of our spirit, we are given more gifts: peace, joy and hope.

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

Romans 5:1,2

Again, I ask you…

Are you feeling broken? Wounded? Worn out? Ashamed?

Look to The God Who Heals You. Bring to Him all that weighs you down, surrender your pain, your sorrow, your life to Him and let healing begin.

Come as You Are
David Crowder

Come out of sadness
From wherever you’ve been
Come broken hearted
Let rescue begin
Come find your mercy
Oh sinner come kneel
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are

There’s hope for the hopeless
And all those who’ve strayed
Come sit at the table
Come taste the grace
There’s rest for the weary
Rest that endures
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t cure

So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are
Fall in his arms
Come as you are

There’s joy for the morning
Oh sinner be still
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
Earth has no sorrow
That heaven can’t heal
So lay down your burdens
Lay down your shame
All who are broken
Lift up your face
Oh wanderer come home
You’re not too far
So lay down your hurt
Lay down your heart
Come as you are
Come as you are

Come as you are Music video by Crowder performing Come As You Are. (C) 2014 sixstepsrecords/Sparrow Records

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