Jehovah Rapha Meaning
The origin of the name Jehovah Rapha can be traced back to two Hebrew words used in the Old Testament, which in combination means “God who heals.”
“Jehovah,” which is derived from the Hebrew word Havah can be translated as “to be,” “to exist” or “to become known.” The Hebrew translation of Rapha means “to restore” or “to heal.”
Jehovah Rapha is also recognized as Yahweh Rapha.
God first revealed Himself as Jehovah Rapha to the Israelites after their exodus out of Egypt.
After three days of wandering in the Desert of Shur, the Israelites were in desperate need of water. They discovered a river, however, the water was unfit to drink. As a reflection of the quality of the water and their emotional disposition, the Israelites named the river “Mahra” (bitter).
God divinely cleansed the water by instructing Mose to throw a piece of wood into the water, thereby making it drinkable.
Following this miracle, God declared Himself as Jehovah Rapha to His people by proclaiming, “If you listen carefully to the Lord your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all Hos decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, who heals you.’ (Exodus 15:26).
This promise was also a gesture of assurance from God to the Israelites, who bore witness to the 10 plagues that God had released over all of Egypt prior to their release from slavery.
The varying healing power of God tremendous healing power as Jehovah Rapha can be found in the following biblical passages to combat the following:
- Sickness and infirmity – Psalm 41:3
- Healing from mental, affliction – Jonah 2:5-7
- Spiritual fatigue- Psalm 23:3
- Emotional suffering- Psalm 147:3
- Anxiety or worry – John 14:27
Old Testament References To God As The Healer
The following are a few biblical references that refer to Jehovah Rapha in the Old Testament:
Psalm 103:3, “Who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases.”
Psalm 147:3, “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.“
Isaiah 30:26, “The moon will shine like the sun, and the sunlight will be seven times brighter, like the light of seven full days, when the Lord binds up the bruises of His people and heals the wounds he inflicted.”
Jeremiah 30:17, “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds, declares the Lord because you are called an outcast, Zion from no one cares,”
Hosea 6:1, “Come, let us return to the Lord. He has torn us to pieces but He will heal us. He has injured us but He will bind up our wounds.
Jehovah Rapha In The Next Testament
The prophet Isaiah foreshadowed the healing ministry of Jesus in Isaiah 61:1. This was confirmed by the Apostle Matthew in Matthew 8:27.
In the New Testament, Jesus is known as the Great Physician (Mark 2:17)). The 4 Gospels record the various healing miracles that Jesus performed, including the following:
Healing the man with leprosy – Matthew 8:1-4
Forgiving and healing a paralyzed man – Mark 2:5-12
Raising Lazarus from the dead – John 11:41-44
Restoring the eyesight two blind men – Matthew 9:27-31
Healing a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years – Luke 8:42-48
Healing of a multitude of from touching Jesus’s garment in Gennesaret – Mark 6:53-56
Jesus’s healing incorporated the qualities that Jehovah Rapha bestowed upon the Israelites of the Old Testament – healing from the physical ailment as well as spiritual healing through forgiveness (James 5: 14-16).
Jehovah Rapha Today
We can call, upon Jehovah Rapha today to heal us of our physical ailments and to provide redemption for our sins. Through the power of the blood of the Great Physician – Jesus Christ -, we can rise from our old sinful life as a new creation in eternal fellowship with God.
Additionally, as the Israelites were cleansed of their bitter hearts and resentment at the river Mahra, so we can ask God to examine our hearts we can examine our own hearts also) and cleanse them of bitterness, pride, and other afflictions of the heart that are rooted in sin (Psalm 52:10: Psalm 139:23-24).