Jehovah-Rapha The Lord that healeth thee
Moses brought the people of Israel from the Red
sea to the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found
no water. And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of
Marah, for they were bitter: therefore, the name of it was called Marah. And
the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? Then Moses cried
unto the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statue and an ordinance, and there He proved them.
And He said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do
that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statues, I will put none of these
diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee (Exo.15: 22-27). The
Lord thus revealed Himself to His chosen people as the Lord
that healeth thee which in Hebrew means, Jehovah-Rapha.
Dearly beloved in Christ, in this spiritual wilderness, are you in Marah drinking the bitter waters likened to incurable
diseases? Has your life become bitter because of the incurable disease, which
has been afflicting you for a very long time, despite the best medical treatment taken by you? Moses changed the waters of
Marah into the drinkable waters, which were made sweet by casting a tree into these waters.
Our Heavenly Father has changed the waters of Marah into the Living Waters through the precious blood of His Son shed
on the Cross of Calvary - a cross made of tree. Today, the Lord thy God is revealing
His Name to you as Jehovah-Rapha. Prophet Isaiah prophesied, With His stripes, we are healed (Is.53: 5).
You stand healed by the stripes of Christ Jesus.
If we diligently hearken to the voice of our
Lord, and obey His commandments, He will put none of those diseases which are afflicting the people of this world upon us,
His chosen people.
The people of Israel were greatly persecuted by the Midianites. The Midianites entered into the land of Israel as grasshoppers with their cattle and their tents to destroy
it. The children of Israel cried unto the Lord.
The Lord spoke to them through a prophet and assured their His protection. Joash
and his son Gideon threshed wheat by the winepress, to hide it from the Midianites.
An angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon and said, The
Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valor. And Gideon replied, Oh my Lord, if the Lord be with us, why then is all this befallen
us? And where he all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt? But now the
Lord hath forsaken us, and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.
And the Lord looked upon him, and said, Go in this
thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not I sent thee? Gideon replied, Oh my Lord, wherewith
shall in save Israel? And the Lord said to him,
Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man (Judges 6:11-16)
In this passage, we find that Gideon became so
desperate and fearful that he calls God Oh my Lord which in Hebrew means Adonai Jehovah. Because of untold sufferings and
afflictions in your life, you might have lost your faith in our God. The devilish forces likened to the Midianites might have
suppressed you all these days. Do you say today like Gideon, If the Lord is with me, why this is all this befallen me? And where all His miracles which
our fathers told us about? Do you also say, The Lord has forsaken me and delivered me into the hands of the Devil?
Out of great afflictions, when you utter the Name of God as Oh my Lord, your anguish reaches the very throne of God
through your Lord Jesus Christ who makes intercessions for you before the Father. Under
the New Testament, we are better than the Old Testament saints like Gideon. At times, due to great afflictions or sufferings,
you may not be able to pray to God but may merely utter His Name Oh my Lord. On
your sickbed or on the sickbed of your beloved, you may not be able to pray but may call on His Name, Oh my Lord. When things go out of your control, you may simply call on His Name, Oh my Lord. This is enough for the
mighty power of God to be released so as to deliver you. A long prayer, reminding
God of His promises in the Word, is not required in such a situation. You need not call on a servant of God on telephone to
pray for you. I do not mean to say here that you should not approach any servant of God at all for intercessory prayers. The
Holy Spirit leads me to lay emphasis here on the significance of His wonderful Name, Oh my Lord. Calling on His Name, Oh my
Lord reaches His throne immediately and moves the Heart of God. It is like the fastest electronic communication in this world. Further, calling on His Name, Oh my Lord also shows your personal relationship with
your Lord. He is your personal Lord and God.