Israel spent 400 years in Egypt as slaves, enduring harsher conditions the longer they stayed. When the timing was right, God chose Moses, a man with a severe speech impediment to represent Israel before Pharaoh. Initially, Moses rejected God’s calling, as the Lord sends along his brother Aaron to address Egypt’s leader. Although its not mentioned, Moses slowly takes control of these daily meetings with Pharaoh. The absence of stammering suggests God healed Moses of his stuttering.
He said, “If you listen carefully to 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,” Exodus 15:26.
Through Moses’ personal experience, set from from stuttering, the term Jehovah Rapha was coined. This name for God means the Lord who heals. After being eyewitnesses of the Passover, Israel saw the hand of God at work, passing over their doors to kill first born Egyptians. The passage above serves as a reminder to work just happened as well as a call to action to carefully follow God’s commands while waiting to receive God’s promised land.
God heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds, Psalm 147:3.
Today, healing is one of those prayers and wants the sick desperately seek. Yet, for those who have prayed for healing and sit helplessly waiting around to watch loved ones die, its hard to keep the faith. While Jehovah Rapha is still actively at work, some never see the fruit of time on their knees. Despite a lack of results, believers can not forget the words of Moses in Exodus 15:26. Healing doesn’t always come instantaneously. Rather, wounds take time to close. When you back is against the door, cry out to Jehovah Rapha to mend your heart and soul.
by Jay Mankus