One weekend when my husband was away for several days I decided to cook up a storm of food. My supplies were gathered and the recipes were close at hand. Several things had already been prepared and were cooking in the oven. I turned my sights onto the next recipe, Sweet potato casserole. After browning the hamburger it was time to cut the slices of sweet potato. I took the mandolin and began the process. Putting aside the hand guard because it was difficult to use I began to slice the sweet potato. Then it happened! I sliced a chunk of skin off of my right hand. Immediately I knew that I had done a terrible thing. there was blood everywhere even after I had pressed a paper towel onto it. After calming down and sitting all by myself for an hour I decided that there was no way that I could fix this and that I needed a doctor. I drove myself to the ER and was amused by the responses the doctors and nurses had. As I was sitting in the hospital room, people would come by and peek in at the silly women who cut her hand! After the doctor stitched up my hand I made a note to myself, the guard is there to protect us! Needless to say from now on I use my food processor to slice things!
We all need a healer
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, "It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Mark 2:17
Jesus is our Jehovah Rapha
The word Heal in the bible also can be translated as Physician. The word rapha means to heal (both figurative and literal healing), to make whole, to restore to normal (restore health), to cure, to repair.
He is both the physical healer and spiritual Healer.
Examples of Physical healer in the Old testament
1Kings 18:30 Elijah repaired the altar of the Jehovah which had been torn down".
2 Kings 2:21 Elisha threw salt in a spring of water and declared, "I have purified these waters; there shall not be from there death or unfruitfulness any longer."
I Samuel 1:9-20 Hannah was healed of barrenness.
Numbers 16:46-50 Aaron prayed for the plague to stop.
The Old Testament points to a new type of healing in Malchi 4:1-2
Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble, and the day that is coming will set them on fire,” says the LordAlmighty. “Not a root or a branch will be left to them. But for you who revere my name,the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its rays.The New testament is also filled with Healings
Jesus touched people and healed their physical sickness. Whether they were blind, lame, dead, bleeding or demon possessed they were made whole.
Jehovah-Rapha is the one who restorers us. He heals not only our physical illness, but also the pains that are in our heart and soul.
He can heal you of
When we are emotionally overwhelmed, depressed, anxious, grieving, or distressed, God is there for us. Only God can repair a broken heart. Only God can purify an unclean soul. Only God can set us free from addictions. Only God can heal us of sin.
He [Jesus] himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed. 1 Peter 2:24.
To read more of my healing story My Healing.
Lord we thank you for coming to heal us. to make us whole again. We trust you to heal us physically and spiritually. You are the medicine that we need. We praise you for being Jehovah Rapha.