What Does Jehovah-Rophe Mean?

heart-665185As we pray through the Navigator’s tool “30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God” we’ve been blessed to think about God in ways that are, if not new, at least deeply thought provoking.

So often when we pray we have some specific need.  And as Ecclesiastes so often proclaims, “there is nothing new under the sun.”  Our needs and God’s miraculous working in regards to those needs can be found when we examine the Bible for inspiration and comfort.

When I think of praying for needs I think of Job.  God uses the man and the book of Job to announce to our hearts that He is a prayer hearing and a prayer answering God. It records hurts in every area of our existence.  Job loses his loving family, showing his emotional need.  Then his losses include wealth and position in society, revealing his financial and circumstantial need. To conclude Jobs hurts God allows a huge physical need to present itself.

Like many of us, Job prays through those emotional, circumstantial, and physical needs.  But the biggest need in Job’s life became his spiritual hurt of wondering why God was allowing these trials to happen.  He prays earnestly for God to answer that burning question.  But God never answers.

At the end of Job’s book we see that ultimately God answers every prayer and heals Job of every need.  He’s given back a family, his wealth, and his health.

God is a healing God.  He answers every genuine prayer of need.  His timing may not meet the schedule we desire, but we can know God will ultimately answer – even if the final answer doesn’t come until heaven.

Think about your needs.  Then humbly go to the Lord with confidence that He is the God who heals.

quoting from the Navigator tool:

God is Jehovah-Rophe.

This name means “Jehovah heals.” God alone provides the remedy for mankind’s brokenness through His Son, Jesus Christ. The Gospel is the physical, moral, and spiritual remedy for all people. 

Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Then he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the Lord your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the Lord, am your healer.”       Exodus 15:22–26    

It’s easy for us to put God’s healing into a categories like the emotional, circumstantial, or physical. But I would challenge you to think of Jehovah-Rophe as the God who also heals spiritually.

This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.       1 John 5:14–15   

O Lord my God, I cried to You for help, and You healed me.       Psalm 30:2   

Take your every hurt to the Lord – He heals them all.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.       Psalm 103:1–5  

But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, And by His scourging we are healed.       Isaiah 53:5  

Think about it.

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