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In Case You Missed It 7: Names of God

In Case You Missed It Day 7: “Names of God” by Cara McMichael

            ‘Jehovah Rapha

This is a beautiful series covering seven of the names for God found in Scripture. Cara aptly brings to light the attributes associated with these various names, as well as making practical points for our daily walk with Him. Follow this link to find the whole series.

“O LORD my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.” (Psalm 30:2, ESV) 

“The power of God is displayed to us in many ways, but one that is particularly incredible is His power to heal. Scripture teaches us about God as Jehovah Rapha, the Lord who heals, and it is an abundant blessing that this is part of God’s nature.”

“Clearly, the Lord is speaking of physical healing/protection in this verse, but rapha (the Hebrew word meaning “to restore” or “to heal”) can also refer to spiritual healing. Bible commentators have assessed that, based on the many uses of rapha in the Old Testament (specifically about God, or otherwise), it refers to both types of healing. And overall, rapha indicates the restoration of something to be good and useful.”

“Do we see the healing of God in our lives today? As we’ve already noted, we see it in salvation. Even though the Scriptural uses of Jehovah Rapha most often refer to the Lord’s physical healing, it would be a mistake to think that this is what’s most important. 

God’s Word tells us that we are dead in our sins—without hope. But Christ revealed to us Jehovah Rapha; He took our place, bore our sins, and paid the punishment for them so that we can receive healing (1 Peter 2:24). There is no greater healing we could ever experience than that of the cross of Christ.”

“Sometimes (and especially in regard to healing, it seems) God answers our prayers differently than we want. But even in the depth of whatever sorrow we face, He is good. He is faithful. He has purpose in every single thing He does. We can fully lean on that—on Him. A man in the Bible named Job knew this very well:

The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21). “Though he [God] slay me, I will hope in Him” (Job 13:15).”

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