Jehovah Rapha – The God Who Heals

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).

Do You Have Regrets?

If you’re human, you have regrets. I have been thinking about regrets lately. So I decided to see what the Bible says about it.

We all have minor regrets and I’m sure some of us have major regrets. The choices we’ve made in life, the things we’ve done or haven’t done.what are your regrets? Have you regretted your choice of school, your choice of job, you choice to get married or not? I think my biggest regret was not accepting Jesus as my savior sooner.

But the Bible says “repent and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out” -Acts 3:19

1 John 1:9 says, If we confess our sins he is faithful to you for just forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

So don’t be too hard on yourself, for regretting your past. Luke 15:7 “Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents and over 99 righteous ones with no repentance.”

The Bible tells us that Jesus regretted having set Saul as king, Saul turned back from following Jesus and did not performed his commandments.

Doesn’t it seem a bit surprising that God had regrets? At least it does to me. Yet God has emotions; The Bible is full of examples. Note that in these verses, God didn’t stay in it therefore, we shouldn’t either. So how do we overcome our regrets biblically?

2 Co7:10 says, “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.“

David was a man who has some regrets here is an example of how he felt:

I am feeble and severely broken; I groan because of the turmoil in my heart. Lord, all my desire is before you; and my sighing is not hidden from You. My heart pants, my strength fails me; As for the light of my eyes, it has also gone from me.

Psalm 38:8-10

Jeremiah also wrote how he felt after he turned away from God:

After my return, I felt regret; After I was instructed, I struck my thigh in grief. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.

Jeremiah 31:19

God tells us to let go of the past:

Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I will do a new thing, now it will spring forth; Show you not know it? I will even make the road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:18-19

How To Deal With Your Regrets Biblically

Remember that there is no condemnation in those who are in Christ (Romans 8:1). Regret is not a sin. You just might need to forgive yourself and,et go of the past.

Give your Reggie God. Isn’t it wonderful that He understands what we go through? His comfort and rest are waiting to replace a,of your shame and regrets. Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest” /Matthew 11:27).

Forget about it. Take Paul’s goal of “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead” (Philippians 3:13). Since God forgets your sins after you’ve repented, you can forget your sins too, “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins” (Hebrews 8:13).

Look for the good. I know it’s difficult to think of what good can come from bad Choi, but if you try, you will often find something. If anything, God can use it as a learning experience. He can cause spiritual growth. Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”

Is It Possible To Avoid Having Regrets?

While it’s not possible in our humanness to avoid having regrets completely, it certainly is possible to decrease the potential for them when you live yielded to God. For example, if we rely on our own wisdom, we’ll probably find ourselves with a renter in the future.

We should pray for God’s direction and get His wisdom moving forward. I like what James 1:5 says, “if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives to all generously and ungrudgingly and it will be given to him.

I hope it encourages you to see that you are not alone. Maybe one or more of these verses stood out to you.

Obsessed With Being Busy

American culture values busyness. Your sought after. Needed. in demand. you’ve got better things to do. After all, you are important. Busyness indicates a high social status.

In 2016 Harvard business review did a study on “Why Americans are so impressed with busyness.” According to the research, those who use online grocery shopping and delivery service are perceived as having a higher social status than those of us old-fashioned consumers who just go to the store.

What does Alder say? If you want to be relevant, you’d better get busy…or at least act like it.

In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus warns about busyness after talking about His kingdom and when you will come in all it’s fullness. The Pharisees wanted to know when this would be. Instead of giving an exact time, Jesus warns them to be ready, who stand on guard, and to be alert.

Jesus said people in the days of Noah were “eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage.” each of these verbs is found in an imperfect tense, which denotes action that is in progress. It emphasizes going here and they’re rushing back-and-forth. Busyness.

None of these activities Jesus listed as going on in Noah’s day are simple in and of them selves. Yet, the people of Noah’s day became so occupied with these every day things that they failed to hear Noah’s warning’s about the coming of judgement.And they perished- while being busy.

Is it possible to Jesus is telling us the busyness and cause you to miss out on His kingdom? when we are busy with life, our thoughts can be disengaged from the Lord. Between friends, work, school, and family, we might stop contemplating the kingdom of God. We vow that we’ll think about it again when things slow down. But life keeps us busier.

Sobering, isn’t it?

What’s really imperative is that we keep our focus on the kingdom of God and take Jesus’s plea to follow him seriously. If you’re obsessed with being busy, today is a good day to slow down and make God your priority.

Satan loves to keep us running in circles and trying to beat the clock. If he can distract us, he can minimize our time with God. That’s exactly what he wants.

Comfort

3 Bible Tips For Comfort

And a sad, discouraging and dangerous world, we all can use some comfort.

1. God, our loving and protective shepherd, comforts us

“Yea, Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for You are with me;, your rod and your staff they comfort me.” -Psalm 23:4

.2. God gives us comfort through the Scriptures and the Holy Spirit

“For whatever things were written before were written for our learning. That we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one accord glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.” -Romans 15:4-6; Acts 9:31

3. God comforts us so we will learn to comfort others

“Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ the Father of mercy and God of all comfort, who comforts us all in our tribulations, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves were comforted by God.“ – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4

Driving Out Darkness

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Hate multiplied hate adding deeper darkness, violence Multiplies violence, and toughness multiplies toughness and leads to adescending spiral of destruction.

When Jesus says “love your enemies,“ he is setting forth a profound ultimately inescapable admonition. Have we not come to such an impasse in the modern world that we must love our enemies – or else? The chain reaction of evil-hate begetting hate wars producing wars must be broken or we will plunge into the dark abyss of annihilation.

The idea of love, true Agape love )love that knows no boundaries and is selfless and unconditional). You might be thinking, “Okay great advice, I see quoteslike that all the time on social media.” But the context And atmosphere in which the entire thing is what makes it so unique.

We’ve all heard love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But Matthew 5:43-44 tells us love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.

It would have been easy for Dr. King to adopt hate and preach war, but he followed the example set by Jesus, to love your neighbor, no matter who they are and what they do. Hate breeds hate but like it says in Proverbs 25:21-22:

If you see your enemy hungry, go buy them lunch; if he’s thirsty bring him a drink. Your generosity will surprise him into goodness, and God will look after you.

Proverbs 25:21-22 (MSG)

Light overcomes darkness – every time, and love drives away hate – every time.

In our own lives, we often want to meet anger with anger, instead of reacting in a negative way, what is a proactive step we can take to meet anger with love and kindness and gentleness. If you’re a Republican, how can you love a democrat? How can you love someone with a different ethnic background? How can you love that person at work who is always getting on your nerves? How can you love that neighbor or that negative relative who you can’t seem to see eye to eye with?

We’re going to have differences with each other, we weren’t made to be the theme (which is a wonderful thing!), but we have a unique opportunity through Christ to love anyway.

When we have darkness inside of us we cannot help but spread darkness. When we have a like inside of us we can spread light.

Next time you meet with someone who don’t have the same views as you try spreading the light instead of darkness. And you will see the difference.