If you are like me that isn’t conversant with the names of Jehovah, and it’s meanings, it means you are on the right page, because in this article, we will take a look at what jehovah Rapha means, where God first revealed himself as Jehovah Rapha, who Jehovah Rapha is to us today.
But before we proceed, I will love to give a brief definition to what a name is
What is a name?
A name is a representation or symbolism of who a person, an object, or a thing is.
Oftentimes, Names indicate the functionality of its bearer.
For example, when you hear the name ‘pen’, automatically, you know what function a pen performs.
Name give uniqueness to its bearer.
Other names of Jehovah
- Elshaddai ( Almighty God)
- El Elyon (God, most high)
- Yahweh (Lord God)
- Jehovah Nissi (Lord, our banner)
- Jehovah Shammah (The Lord is there)
- Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Sanctifier)
- El Olam (The Everlasting God)
- Elohim (God the creator)
- Jehovah Jireh (Lord, the Provider)
- Jehovah Shalom (God, our Peace)
- Adonai (Lord)
- Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Host)
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What does Jehovah Rapha means?
I am very sure that most of us have encountered the word ‘Jehovah’ a couple of times in Scripture, but what does it mean? Let’s find out.
The name Jehovah Rapha is coined from two Hebrews words “Jehovah” which means God in the old covenant, and “Rapha” which means “to heal” or “restore”.
So basically, Jehovah Rapha means “The God who heals”
His healing is not left to the physical aspect alone, it covers every sphere of your life, wherever it is that you need healing, his healing covers all. Either emotionally, mentally, physically, or spiritually.
Most importantly, you might have come across the name “Jehovah Rophe” or “Jehovah Ropheca”. This name is still same as “Jehovah Rapha”. The only difference is the pronunciation..
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Where did God first reveal Himself as Jehovah Rapha?
Let’s take a little dive into the old testament to the book of Exodus 15:26 for a better explanation of this;
And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee.
Exodus 15:26 KJV
The Children of Isreal had just been delivered from the land of Egyot where they were enslaved for more than 400 years. They had left Egypt to journey into the land God had promised their forefathers.
Alas! They came in contact with a very discouraging situation. “They had no water to drink”. The only water that was available to them was bitter, hence they began to murmur.
Remember when you worked so hard to achieve something tangible and when it looked as though the result was close, you later discovered that you were further from your result? How did you feel? Frustrated right?
This is exactly what the Children of Isreal were faced with. But one thing they failed to look into was the miracles God had performed in Eqypt.
They didn’t even remember their recent miracle, which was how the Red Sea separated and they walked on dry ground.
Moses, then prayed to God, and that bitter situation became sweet.
This experience was where the name “Jehovah Rapha” was birthed and the first place it was mentioned in scriptures.
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Other scriptures in the bible about Jehovah Rapha (Old testament)
For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
Jeremiah 30:17 KJV
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; Who healeth all thy diseases;
Psalm 103:3 KJV
Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.
Isaiah 30:26 KJV
But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.
Isaiah 53:5 KJV
He healeth the broken in heart, And bindeth up their wounds.
Psalm 147:3 KJV
He sent his word, and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Psalm 107:20 KJV
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
Isaiah 61:1 KJV
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Jehovah Rapha in the new testament
There are countless numbers of scenarios In the new testament that testified about the healing nature of Christ.
- The woman with the issue of blood Mark 5:29
- Healing of the Lepers Matthew 8:3
- Raising the dead Luke 8:52
- Restoring and healing the man that was paralysed and a lot more John 5:21
Jehovah Rapha today
Jehovah Rapha today has taken an entirely different course. This is because Christ paid for our sicknesses, peace, and transgression once and for all.
So as believers of the new covenant, the best we can do when we are faced with the challenges of life is to look into what Christ has done.
He was made sin, sickness, death, depression, sadness, and a lot more on the cross. He is the price that was paid for that pain, sickness, worthlessness, and a lot more and by his stripes you are healed.
Conclusively, in todays world, Jehovah Rapha is the one who has healed us of both the past, the present, and the future challenges. Halleluyah! Amen.
A prayer to Jehovah-Rapha
Dear father, Thank you for the privilege of adoption that makes me a son of God. Thank you for the death of Christ on the cross, because I believe that his death took away my pains, scars and heart break. Thank you because I know that I am complete in you and I am healthy spiritually, mentally, and in every areas of my life. I know that by your stripes my heart break, mental illness, fatigue, and stress is healed. In Jesus mighty name I have prayed. Amen
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