The Names of God Study Jehovah-rapha-Lord Who Heals

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The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him. These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes that you want to learn more about.
The seven names we have studied so far are:
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.

El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save!

Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.

Adonai- Lord, Master and Owner

I Am- the only true God. He is personal, eternal, unchangeable, covenant keeping, self -existent and self-sufficient! Everyone and everything is dependent on Him and His sovereignty!

The name we will look at today is Jehovah-rapha- the God who heals. The Hebrew word raphe means, heal, cure, restore or make whole.

When we looked at Jehovah-jireh we saw God’s provision of a substitute in place of Isaac on the altar. He is the provider for our redemption with the sacrifice of Jesus. With each name we see more and more of God meeting every need in the lives of His people. Jehovah-rapha made Himself known early on in the Israelites wilderness journey. They left Egypt, crossed the Red sea by a miracle of God, and praised Him for His deliverance from the Egyptians and then their attitude quickly changed.

Read Exodus 15

What attitudes and actions do you see in the people?
From verses 22-27 what caused the change in their attitude?
According to Exodus 13:21-22 who led them to the bitter water?
What did God want them to know about Him?
Have you had the same attitude toward God at times?
Have you experienced a great victory then soon after defeat, discouragement, grumbling or despair?
Do you need healed?

List your insights on healing from the following verses: (the word rapha occurs 67 times in the Old Testament, referring to healing of the whole person).
Genesis 20:17
2 Kings 20:1-5
2 Chronicles 7:14
Isaiah 19:22, 53:5
Jeremiah 30:15-17
Psalm 41:4, 103:1-3, 107: 19-20, 147:3

What made the bitter water sweet in Exodus 15:25?

The healing water of the tree foreshadowed another tree at Calvary for our ultimate healing: “ and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” 1 Peter 2:24. (The Greek word for cross is xylon-tree.)

Jehovah-rapha, the Great Physician heals the physical and emotional and the greatest need for healing is spiritual. We need healed from the disease of sin. In Isaiah 1:5-6 Israel (a picture of mankind) is described as being sick from head to toe. But there is good news in verses 16-20, 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24!

Jehovah-rapha is Jesus! During the three years of ministry He was showing the complete healing God will bring about for all His creation, that He makes all things new! Jesus went from town to town healing the blind, lame, demon possessed, sick, deaf, mute and dead. These physical healings pointed to the deeper spiritual healing that was needed from sin and revealed that He is the same God that said to Moses, “I am the Lord who heals you”!

What should our response be according to Exodus 15:26?
1) Listen earnestly to the voice of God. What is God saying to you in your present circumstances? Do you only hear God clearly when you have spiritual victory? Do you hear him when you get to the “bitter water”? We must listen to the voice of the Lord in every situation and ask Him what He wants to do in my life.
2) Do what is right in His sight. Instead of responding by grumbling and complaining when you find yourself at the “bitter water”, do the right thing. You can overcome your circumstances by focusing on the faithfulness and care of God, knowing He has your best in mind and you are to display His glory.
3) Obey God’s commands. When you find yourself in bitter circumstances, check to see if there are areas of disobedience in your life and get to know His commands by knowing Him. This will result in joy and confidence of who He is and what He does.
4) Keep all His statutes. That is to know His word, obey it and walk in it. (Read Psalms 119 to see the benefits of God’s word).

By keeping these commands does not mean we will never be sick but that we can have the promise and assurance that God is with us and will sustain, carry and heal us if he so chooses. Ultimately the healing is the spiritual healing we all so desperately need.

Exodus 15:27 God then took them to Elim. There were 12 springs of water and 70 date palms and they camped beside the water. Their bitterness became sweet only by the hand of God. They were healed, given rest and refreshed for the journey ahead. Same for us, we are healed from the bitterness of sin, refreshed and find rest by Jesus’ death on a tree. All things are new and have access to the tree of life that was lost in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24 and Revelation 22:1-2)

Are you in need of healing, physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually run to Jehovah-rapha the God who heals!

Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for Thou are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

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About kimlenon
Welcome to Inside Out! I desire to offer encouragement and resources to help women live their lives Inside Out because God changes us from the Inside Out! I have been married to Dave for 40 years. We have 3 children and 8 grandchildren. My passion is to teach women how to study and apply God's Word.

3 Responses to The Names of God Study Jehovah-rapha-Lord Who Heals

  1. Beth Whitworth says:

    Awesome study! I remember when dealing with cancer I was grieved about so many praying for my healing and knowing God’s plan may have been to take me home. What should I say to them Father so they don’t lose trust and faith in you? I asked. He told me to tell them that he had already answered prayer and healed me of the greatest disease known to man, sin. What a sweet assurance from him. He also chose to answer the prayer for my body and I am still cancer free!

    • kimlenon says:

      Beth, thank you so much for sharing your story and how God moved in your life! I am so thankful for you and your example of trusting God in a very difficult situation and that you are cancer free!

      Love, Kim

  2. Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Rapha…I praise Him for He is, indeed the Great Provider and Healer of soul and body. Like you well said, studying the names of God gives us great insight into His character, as much as we can comprehend with our limited human brains and as much as He pleases to reveal to us while on this side of Heaven. Thank you for sharing this very insightful study.

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