“Names of God #5: YAHWEH / JEHOVAH-RAPHA Pt. 2”
Jeremiah 9:23-24 NKJVThus says the Lord: "Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; 24 But let him who glories glory in this, That he understands and knows Me, That I am the Lord, exercising lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight," says the Lord.
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- Jehovah is a combination of the vowels of Adonai and the consonants YHWH
- Several compound forms of Jehovah are found in the Old Testament
- Each compound word describes a blessing Jehovah's followers receive from Him
- Rapha (raw-faw) appears over 60 times in the O.T.
- Jehovah-Rapha is the one who heals, cures, and restores us in numerous ways.
Why is there sickness and suffering in the world?
⇒ The Fall. Apart from the fall/sin there is no conceivable explanation, with it there is a complex one.
If God is so good, why doesn't He heal people?
⇒ He has, He does, and He will!
1. God heals us physically.
- Sometimes miraculously
- Sometimes medicinally
- Sometimes preventively
2. God heals us emotionally.
- Heart & mind trauma
- Self-inflicted trauma
3. God heals us morally.
THE CONDITION: God uses physical terms to describe it.
THE CURE: God's prescription for our personal and national "ills" is OUR repentance.
Proverbs 14:34 NKJVRighteousness exalts a nation, But sin is a reproach to any people.
2 Chronicles 7:14 NKJVif My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
4. God heals us spiritually.
Isaiah 53:4-5 NKJVSurely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.
Romans 3:23 NKJVfor all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,
Romans 6:23 NKJVFor the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Revelation 20:11-15 NKJVThen I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.
Romans 5:8 NKJVBut God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 VERSE
5. God heals us eventually.
2 Corinthians 4:16 NKJVTherefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.
Revelation 21:1-5 NKJVNow I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away." 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
The Cross of Jesus Christ is Jehovah-Rapha's definitive solution to sickness and suffering!
Romans 10:9-13 NKJVthat if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, "Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame." 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."