Jehovah Rapha Found in Scripture
It should come as no surprise that people in Scripture call God Jehovah Rapha when they face something a little more detrimental than a stomach ache or the common cold. Let’s dive into each of the verses mentioned above and discuss the context of what’s happening in each.
The Israelites have just escaped the clutches of Egypt and 400+ years of slavery. Right after they lift praises to God in the first part of this chapter, the Israelites start to grumble (one of the first of many cases of them grumbling in the desert). They’ve reached a bitter spring and can’t drink the water.
Through a piece of wood, God makes the water drinkable. He reminds them that he heals and restores those who follow him, and that he preserved them from the 10 plagues in Egypt.
After Jeremiah witnesses the destruction of Jerusalem, thanks to a siege from the Babylonians, and watches his friends and loved ones get taken into captivity, God reminds him that he will restore Israel. He’ll mend their wounds and bring them back home.
Similar to the case with Jeremiah, Israel has turned their backs on God, and now they’re facing a siege from a foreign enemy who will take them captive. Nevertheless, God heals and restores.
Don’t let this uplifting Psalm of David fool you. David had undergone a number of awful trials before he became King of Israel. He ran from the previous king who tried to kill him, lost his best friend to battle, and later in his kingship years, had an affair and massive problems with his offspring.
He has, as this commentary said, a keener sense of his past sin because he’s reached an older and more reflective age. In this verse alone, David declares that not only does God heal us from our physical ailments, but our spiritual ones as well.
In all of these verses, we see that healing itself has many facets. God not only restores us physically, but also spiritually. We often witness this same idea in the miracles of Jesus (Mark 2:1-12).
We may ask God to take away physical pain, and he reminds us that restoration doesn’t just happen at the skin-deep level.
God, our Healer, heals intensively, immersively, and extensively.
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