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(The Lord That Heals)
Jehovah Rophe My God Who Heals Me (Exd 15:26) Jehovah-Rophe; Jehovah Rophecha; Jehovah Raphah — the Lord "your healer"
"The Existing One" of Our Healing! "to be" Our Healer or "to exist" as Our Healer or maybe suggesting "to become" Our Healer? or specifically "to become known" as The One Who Heals You. "to restore", "to heal" or "to make healthful" and in a straight-forward way, translated as "Jehovah Who Heals" (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3). Jehovah Rophe is "our" Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. How can we begin to understand this? look at the "Healer Named Jesus" ... and consider how many "healings" He performed , and why? Did those people in the scriptures "deserve to be healed" .. or did Jesus just cure them for some unknown reason?
Jesus cured the "blind" , "Lepers" , "Paralytics" , "Women" , "Men" , "Exorcisms" , "Resurrection of the dead" ... what would all this tell you about Jesus being the "fullness" of Jehovah Rophe Made Man ?
Soon after the crossing of the Red Sea, Israel’s water supply ran out; their water- skins were empty following a three-day journey into the Sinai Peninsula (Exodus 15:22). Their rejoicing over God’s miraculous deliverance soon turned to complaining and murmuring of discontent and bitterness. After testing them (Exodus 15:25), God heard their cries at Marah where there were bitter waters; however, He healed the waters. Furthermore, in Exodus 15:26 God said to Israel, “...If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and will give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians for I am the LORD that healeth thee rapha" While in Egypt God had brought many diseases upon the Egyptians because of the hard- heartedness of the Pharaoh.
In some thirty-six passages in the Old Testament the word rapha is found. In Genesis 20:17 Jehovah God healed (bodily infirmities of) Abimelech and his family after Abraham had prayed for them. Jehovah God speaks to Israel in Deuteronomy 32:39, “See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: for I kill, and I make alive: I wound, and I heal rapha; neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand.” In Psalm 147:3 Jehovah heals broken hearts, and in Jeremiah 3:22 Jehovah heals backsliding. A most familiar passage is II Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, who are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal rapha their land.” Jehovah Rapha can heal all bodily, moral and spiritual natures as well as the bitter waters of Marah (Exodus 15:23).
The Hebrew word in Exodus 15:26 and other passages is rapha meaning “to heal,” “to cure,” “to restore,” “to pardon,” “to forgive.” Technically all humanity need a spiritual healer or a spiritual physician. For the Christian we find our Physician in the Lord Jesus Christ. Matthew 12:14, 15 read, “Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him. But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from there; and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all,..” Healed in this passage is the Greek word ther apeuo corresponding to the Hebrew word rapha. The Lord Jesus is the great Physician, while the Jehovah (LORD) God is the great Physician in the Old Testament. Both are God. Jehovah the Healer in the Old Testament is Jesus the Healer in the New Testament. Our Lord said of Himself (Luke 4:18), “The Spirit of the LORD is upon me,...He (Jehovah God) sent me (Jesus) to heal the broken hearted,...” Jesus stated further in speaking to the Pharisees in Luke 4:23, “Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself...” He Who was perfectly healthy, however, needed no healing; in fact, He is the Physician Who can heal every ill. Matthew (4:23) writes, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.” Peter reminds his readers in I Peter 2:24, “By whose (Jesus’) stripes we are healed.”