The Lord that heals thee…
By Derrick Johnson
Throughout the Old Testament we hear God being referred to by different names. Names such as Jehovah-Jireh, “The Lord will provide,” Jehovah-Shalom, “The Lord of peace,” and Jehovah-Tsidkenu, “The Lord our righteousness.” Each name describes God’s character and His person. His names are a representation of who He is, and who He desires to be in the lives of His people. The more we understand the names of God the more we understand our need for Him in our lives.
In Exodus 15:26 God revealed Himself to the children of Israel as Jehovah Rophe “The Lord who heals.” Now the Hebrew word “Rophe” does not just mean heal, it also means to restore or to make healthful. This means that God is not only able to heal you, but to restore you to complete health. If you were to do a word search for the word “Rophe” you would find that it appears over 60 times in Scripture. This is evident of God being the Great Physician to His people throughout the Bible.
There are many people in our community that need healing. Some need healing from various diseases such as cancer and diabetes. Others need healing from bodily disorders and physical injuries. Lastly there are people who have been through traumatic experiences and are in need of emotional healing. No matter whether the infirmity is physical, emotional, or spiritual, God is able to heal them all. In the Old Testament healing was made available through the covenant name of Jehovah Rophe. In the New Testament Jesus Christ became our healer.
This is evident in Luke 4:17-18 where Jesus is handed the book of the prophet Isaiah, and He turns to the place where it was written about Him. The Scriptures show that Jesus became the physical manifestation of Jehovah Rophe. Luke 4:18 reads, “‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.’” (NKJV)
What’s fascinating about the previous verse, is that Luke names 6 things that Jesus was anointed to do for mankind. Some Bible scholars suggest that the number 6 is the number for man. So God knew that those 6 things were exactly what man needed, therefore He anointed Jesus to do just that. God is faithful to His people, so faithful that He sent His own Son to be the Healer of all. The only thing that’s needed for our healing, is to put our faith and trust in Him.