Jehovah Rapha – The Lord Who Heals

He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His sight, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

Exodus 15:26

Battle at the Red Sea

During this time, the people of Israel experienced a whirlwind of events. After hundreds of years in slavery, generation after generation of bondage, the people witnessed Moses declaring the Lord had heard their cries and would set them FREE. I imagine they were excited and overjoyed at the idea of freedom but freedom would not come easy.

First, the Egyptians, in anger at the thought of freeing the people, increased the workload, making life much more difficult for the people of God. Then, the plagues came, each more devastating than the one before. The plagues caused fear and discomfort for many. Finally, the people were traveling to FREEDOM, led by a cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night. Then they find out that they were being hunted and chased by the Egyptians. And God would again make a great way of escape.

The people of Israel escaped bondage walking through walls of water at the Red Sea.

Did they see FREEDOM on the other side?

I wonder if the fear in their hearts prevented them from looking around to see the miracle taking place. Did they notice the walls of water on either side of them or did they only see those chasing them? Were there eyes filled with fear or did they truly notice one of these greatest miracles unfolding before their eyes?

Bitter Waters

the Lord Who Heals You.  Exodus 15:26

We all know the story and the people of God safely make it to the other side while the Egyptians chasing them are swallowed up by the sea.

Just after this great miracle (3 days to be exact) the people find themselves wandering in the desert without water. They begin to worry, complain and new fear sets in – death in a strange place. The Red Sea swallowed up the Egyptians but it did not swallow up all of the fears in their hearts.

The people arrive in Marah and find water but the water is bitter and not for drinking. God performs another miracle, giving them clean water and He gives them these words . . .

He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His sight, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

Exodus 15:26

It was at Marah, a place of bitterness that the Lord revealed Himself as the healer. Has your heart ever been in place of bitterness?

You may say Lord, I am not sick so I don’t need a healing, I am not in need of Jehovah Rapha in my life right now. BUT most of us have sickness that cannot be seen, pains that are only felt deep within the depths of our hearts.

We find ourselves drinking at the wells of bitterness when God says I want to heal those broken places. I want to wash you in My word.  I want to heal your aching body and soul.

Jehovah Rapha wants to HEAL, CURE, RESTORE AND MAKE WHOLE. 

He is the Lord, our healer.   He will heal the broken parts within us. Some of us may have camped out in the place of bitterness so long that we’ve forgotten what it is like to be well. It may take time to penetrate the depths of our hearts and to access all of the broken pieces in our lives but our God is faithful to heal us, to restore us and to make us whole. 

New seasons, new challenges, and new obstacles have a way of revealing broken parts that require a touch of the Holy Spirit. God is telling us…

See, look here, this part right here… this is the hidden parts that you have not allowed me to heal.  I want to heal you and make you whole. 

This process may hurt, it may feel uncomfortable and ugly at times – but there is GREAT freedom on the other side of this pain. 

Jesus encountered a woman at a well who was broken, hurt and drinking from the well of bitterness and He said to her …

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

John 4:10

Friends, the Lord has Living Water for you and for me. We no longer need to remain at the well of bitterness. God can heal and restore all of our brokenness.

Do you know that after the Lord revealed Himself as Jehovah Rapha to the people of Israel that something amazing happened?

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy date palms, and they camped there by the water.

Exodus 15:27

The very next verse says they departed from the place of bitter waters and entered the place of Elim. A place of abundance and a place of rest … Where there was not 1, not 2, not 3 – but TWELVE springs of water.

I am praying that Jehovah Rapha will bring you to your place of Elim. May the bitter waters of life be far behind us as God heals our souls.

Many Blessings,


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