Updated: Jul 15, 2020
Moses is faced with a difficult situation in the desert and instead of protesting, he prays.
That is what we should also do. When we are in pain, we must pray. God answers Moses by showing him a simple piece of wood. Moses takes the wood and whips it into the water and the water immediately becomes sweet. God then initiates a test and tells them in verse 26: “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” Here we see the LORD revealed as Jehovah Rapha. In the midst of their bitterness and hurt, God reveals Himself as their Healer. The word Rapha is used some sixty times in the Old Testament and means, “to restore, to heal, or to cure” physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Psalm 6:2-3 Emotional: “Be merciful to me, LORD, for I am faint…” Physical: “O LORD, heal me, for my bones are in agony…” Spiritual: “My soul is in anguish. How long, O LORD, how long?” God reveals Himself as Jehovah Rapha when we are in need of…
Emotional Healing: The LORD heals emotional hurts and broken hearts. Psalm 147:3: “He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Whatever pain we are carrying around, we need to hand it to the Healer.
Physical Healing: Some of us are experiencing a tough time right now as we are trying to process the pain and discouragement that comes from physical difficulties. Maybe it is personal pain or maybe we are devastated by the news about a family member or a friend. At times like this, we need to ask Jehovah Rapha to do His healing work in our lives. The Bible is filled with examples of God’s healing touch. In 2 Kings 20:5-6 we read that Hezekiah became very ill and was about to die. As a result of intense intercession, he was healed and his life was even extended. This is really an amazing story: “This is what the LORD, the God of your father David, says: I have heard your prayer and seen your tears; I will heal you…I will add fifteen years to your life.” In the Gospels we see that Jesus spent a surprising amount of time healing people.
Spiritual Healing: This is by far the most important of the three realms of healing. The Lord sees that we are spiritually sick and He provides healing and wholeness through the shed blood of Jesus on the cross. Our diagnosis is bad and our prognosis is terminal. Jeremiah 17:9 records the incurable condition of the human heart: “The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?”
We are sinners who have been inflicted with the disease of death and destruction and we are in desperate need of a new heart.