Names of God: Jehovah-Rapha

Why are there so many names for God? Why is it important that we know what they are and what they mean? Our finite, human brains cannot fully comprehend the majesty and glory of who God is. Yet through the various names of God, He chooses to reveal Himself to us so we can come to understand the many personal characteristics of God. His names reveal His power, authority, and holiness. The better we understand and know the names of God the more personal He becomes to us and as we pray, we can call on His name that corresponds with our need. Finally, because the Bible instructs us to honor, fear, and respect God and to not use His name in vain, we need to know exactly what His names are and what they mean. Today, we look at the name Jehovah.

Today’s Name: Jehovah-Rapha

An encounter with Jehovah-Rapha

After God delivers the nation of Israel from bondage of Egypt, they have already witnessed the parting of the Red Sea, crossed over on dry ground, and watched the waters come back together and drowning the entire Egyptian army. They have been wandering around in the desert for three days and they had run out of water. So imagine their excite when they find a river. They rush up to and someone eagerly takes a sip – only to discover the water is polluted. The joy of finding water quickly turned to disappointment. As a reflection of both the state of the water and their mood, they named the river Marah – which means “bitter.”

The Israelites did what they did best – they complained to Moses. Moses then turns to God to see what He should do and God says – “See that stick over there? Pick it up and throw it in the water.” Moses does so and instantly the water was crystal clear and all the people were able to drink it. God then uses this moment to make a promise to the people. In verse 26 of Exodus 15, God says: “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

Jehovah-Rapha, thank you that you that you are still a God who heals. And while sometimes, it is not your will to heal someone, we recognize that in your sovereignty, you have a perfect plan for each one of us. Father, show us who You are. Reveal to us why You are worthy of being called the One True, Living God. Teach us to unabashedly love you, respect Your name, and serve only You. Make your character known to us so we can live and walk in your image. Amen.

Names of God: Jehovah-Rapha. Meaning: “The God Who Heals” Where is it in the Bible? Exodus 15:26

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