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Jehovah Rapha

Date: April 2, 2019


“. . . for I am the LORD, your healer.” Exodus 15:26

 

Recently I had the opportunity to speak in my son's high school chapel. They have been learning some of the Old Testament names of God. Last month's theme was Jehovah Rapha, which means, "the God who heals." This name harkens back to an incredible story found in Exodus 15, more on that in a minute. First, our focus is on one question. Do you believe in the God who heals? 

 

Our family tries to stay a bit behind the times; we just started watching a show called Dude Perfect. Among other things, they display incredible sports feats like throwing a football off a 5-story building and making a basket, and have fun doing it. They make the seemingly impossible, possible. We love watching them accomplish these stunts and wonder about how they do it. 

 

The Israelites had just witnessed the most marvelous feat ever. Chapter 15 records a worship service where the entire nation is praising and marveling that God had just liberated and delivered them out of slavery and the bondage of a cruel empire. Then, just three days into their new-found freedom they were thirsty, tired, and all they had was bitter, disease-filled waters. They were discouraged and had somehow forgotten that their Lord completely provides for them.

 

Back to our question at hand. I’m guessing you are facing some interesting situations. Maybe you are discouraged after a recent victory. Maybe you are facing the seemingly impossible. In the midst of these moments, there is a God who heals, and it may not be in the way you think. Do you believe that Jesus will, not can, heal your situation? 

- Jason Sniff