Jehovah Rapha – The Lord that Heals (Exodus 15: 26). “Rapha” is a root word that means “to mend (as if boy stitching)”, “to cure”, “to heal”; to “repair”, to “thoroughly, make whole”. In Scripture, “rapha” is also translated as “physician”.
God reveals himself to Israel as Jehovah Rapha the God that Heals- in (Exodus 15: 26) “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, you healer.”
The healing encompassed in the word “rapha” include physical, emotional and even national healing and restoration.
Consider, for example, these verses:
- “Return, O faithless sons; I will heal your faithlessness”. (Jeremiah 3: 22)
- “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed”. (Isaiah 53: 5)
- “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord O my soul and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s”. (Ps. 103: 1-5)
And although the root word is different, we see this same idea of “binding up” (as a wound) in the foretelling of Christ in (Isaiah 61) “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.”
Throughout the Gospels, we see this same Jehovah Rapha in Jesus – repeatedly, Scripture tells us that he has the power to heal and that he healed ALL who came to him (Matthew 8: 16, 14: 14, 12: 15; 19: 2; 21: 14; Mark 3: 10; 6: 56; Luke 4: 40; 5: 17-26; 6: 19). And Hebrews 13:8 tells us Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
The God who heals in the Old Testament is the same God who heals in the New Testament-And the same God who heals today.