Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals
As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.
It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.
Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals.
Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. When we think of healing, our minds tend to turn directly to physical healing. However, God cannot and should not be limited. Healing can come in many different forms. Yes, God does heal our bodies, not just here on earth while we are able to see the results first hand, but also He heals when someone is freed from their suffering and pain. It does not always come about according to our preferred plan, but God undeniably is a healer; He is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals.
But how about this? God sent His Son, Jesus, who came to save those who are lost, which at one point was each and every one of us; but, in His coming, Jesus also followed the plan of His Heavenly Father so that we might be made whole while we are here to do the Father’s will. This wholeness is not just for our physical bodies, but also for our souls, which consists of our will, our heart, and our emotions. He came to heal our minds and our broken hearts. He came to heal us from our disappointment and every discouraging moment that we have endured. He came to heal us from those things that try to keep us bound.
Christ came to heal EVERY sickness and disease.
A sickness and disease can be anything that Satan has attempted to overpower us with that is not in the will of God. Anything that clouds our understanding of who God is supposed to be in our lives, is something that we need to be healed from. Some things are visibly easy to recognize within ourselves or others. But some things are kept hidden; however, they can never be hidden from God. He sees all and knows all and has provided a way to heal all.
There is healing for our sin-filled natures.
I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.ROMANS 7:21 NLT
That is why we need to know and call on Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. He brings restoration and is the only One who can make us whole.
23 Now may the God of peace make you holy in every way, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. 24 God will make this happen, for he who calls you is faithful.1 THESSALONIANS 5:23-24 NLT
Not only does God make us holy in every way, but He heals our spirit, soul, and body and helps us to be blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again. We are not perfect, but we have been made righteous through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and are being sanctified each day as we draw closer to Him and walk in obedience to His will. Yahweh Rophe is faithful and He brings healing in all areas of our lives.
Let us take a step back and check in on what the Israelite’s were up to.
You see, God had delivered them from the land of Egypt through the leadership of Moses. They had gone through a lot of ups and downs on their journey. They tended to doubt God’s delivering power, a lot. Their faith wavered and they blamed Moses for a lot of their troubles. They often thought going back to where they were in bondage, and giving up on their total healing and deliverance, was the better option.
Why? Because the process was taking too long.
How many of us in our “process” have wanted to throw in the towel and just say, “Forget it! Healing and deliverance from THIS is not going to happen, so I will just accept things as they are.” THIS can be anything that we are willing to hold on to because of our impatience with God, when His Word says that we can be healed.
He sent out his word and healed them,PSALM 107:20a NLT
With one Word, Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals, can speak healing in our various situations. However, sometimes He allows the process to linger so that He can get to the root of the problems and not just provide a surface healing, where when the smallest flair up happens in our lives, we go running back into those same situations.
This is what occurred a lot with the Israelite’s. They would move forward in their deliverance process only to look back and go back to their old ways.
In Exodus chapter 15, as we reflect on the Israelite’s journey to the Promised Land, we see that they are in the midst of a celebration after they escaped through the Red Sea. Pharaoh and his army had been pursuing the Israelite’s.
19 When Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and charioteers rushed into the sea, the Lord brought the water crashing down on them. But the people of Israel had walked through the middle of the sea on dry ground! 20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a tambourine and led all the women as they played their tambourines and danced. 21 And Miriam sang this song: “Sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.”EXODUS 15:19-21 NLT
God delivered! The people rejoiced and sang songs to the Lord. Then comes a quick turn-around back into their old ways of thinking.
22 Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur. They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water. 23 When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”). 24 Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded.EXODUS 15:22-24 NLT
No. The Israelite’s had not made it to the Promised Land, yet, but God had delivered them from the hand of the enemy. Pharaoh and his army could have destroyed them if God in His protective way had not seen fit to reverse the likely results.
We often do not give God the praise that He is due when He brings about stages of healing and deliverance for us. We quickly turn our focus back to all of the things that are wrong or all of the prayers that have yet to be answered. I, too, have found myself in this position before. I want everything, right now, and I forget to remember what God has already done. If he already has brought deliverance in one area, He will do it again, because He is a faithful God.
A battle victory had just been won in their fight to the Promised Land, but they forgot just that fast in the miraculous healing power of Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. They forgot that his intent was to make them whole and bring healing and deliverance from a life of not enough, to the Promised Land, a life of abundance. God wanted to heal them of all bondage.
But what did the Israelite’s see? What they didn’t have. “What are we going to drink?”
Not, “God, in Your healing and delivering power, You just rescued us from the hand of Pharaoh, so we know, God, that this minor water situation will be resolved. You are faithful and You are in control of everything because You, Elohim, Mighty Creator, created it all.”
Wow! Where’s the thankfulness?
Where’s our thankfulness? Where’s my thankfulness when God, time and time again, turns situations around in my life and I forget how great He is.
25 So Moses cried out to the Lord for help, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink. It was there at Marah that the Lord set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him. 26 He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”EXODUS 15:25-26 NLT
Look at what Moses does. The people are complaining and placing blame on him. Instead of getting angry and retaliating, he turns to God and asks for help.
“HELP ME LORD!”
When we find ourselves in situations that we cannot handle, we must cry out to God and ask Him for help. He will lead and guide us and order our steps so that the right type of healing for our situations can be found. Sometimes outside resources are a requirement for our ultimate healing to take place; but, we need God to direct us to those resources so that the proper help can be received. Sometimes God will just speak over our circumstances and instant healing and deliverance will be granted. Other times, He uses who He will to bring support and help where needed.
When Moses cried out to the Lord, God showed him exactly what to do. If God did that for Moses, Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals, He will do it for us, when we ask. The Lord showed Moses a piece of wood. Then what did Moses do? He walked in obedience to what God said. Moses threw the piece of wood into the water, and this made the water good to drink.
What did this display to the Israelite’s?
“If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you.”
God revealed to them that He is their healer. They simply have to do their part and listen to His voice. But not just listen, but do it carefully. We need to recognize the voice of God, then do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees. We do this by looking in God’s Word for what He wants us to do and being attentive when He speaks to us throughout our day, in the things and people that God allows to cross our path.
Healing is available to us. We must have a heart to receive it and be open to the way that God chooses to heal us, and also to the timing that goes along with it. We must have patience. We must continue in prayer, as we follow each step God instructs.
Yahweh Rophe is our God, The Lord Who Heals.
Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals, thank You for the healing of our souls. You have given us Salvation through Jesus Christ, who came to heal those who are lost. You not only offer and provide physical healing from all manner of sickness and disease, but You, Yahweh Rophe, heal our broken hearts and our wounded spirits. You heal our relationships and offer us a new way of living. Your healing power flows throughout our lives each and every day. Yahweh Rophe, we ask You to heal our nation, The Lord Who Heals, and draw us back to Your ways. Renew order in the chaos of our lives. Let healing reign in every situation that is hurting and let Your power resurrect the ashes of brokenness in the lives of Your children. Change lives for the better.
O Lord, if you heal me, I will be truly healed;
if you save me, I will be truly saved.
My praises are for you alone!”
Jeremiah 17:14 (NLT)
In Jesus’ name! Amen!
1 Thessalonians 5:23-24
MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE NAMES OF GOD
- Elohim: God, Mighty Creator
- El Roi: The God Who Sees Me
- El Shaddai: God Almighty
- Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide
- Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals
- Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace
- Yahweh Roi: The Lord is My Shepherd
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