I bet you will agree that the name “Jehovah Rapha” might be confusing the first time you hear it. But the biblical meaning is significant and beautiful.
If you are going to know God better, then studying the names of God is a powerful and insightful way to do that. God really does want us to know Him better, and to have a closer relationship with Him.
STOP – if you will slow down for a moment, and just take a few minutes to absorb this single article, you will greatly increase your understanding and appreciation of the names of God.
This article is your comprehensive guide to understanding what the name, Jehovah Rapha, means, and how that applies to your life.
With that in mind, get ready to engage your heart and mind, pay attention, and discover our wonderful and gracious Jehovah Rapha.
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The name Jehovah, according to the Websters 1828 Dictionary, means:
JEHO’VAH, noun The Scripture name of the Supreme Being. If, as is supposed, this name is from the Hebrew substantive verb, the word denotes the Permanent Being, as the primary sense of the substantive verb in all languages, is to be fixed, to stand, to remain, or abide. This is a name peculiarly appropriate to the eternal Spirit, the unchangeable God, who describes himself thus, I am that I am. Exodus 3:14.
The Hebrew word Rapha means: The name Rapha(h) comes from either the verb רפא (rapa’), meaning to heal.
So if you combine these two words, you come up with “Jehovah Rapha”, which loosely translated means: “The Eternally Self Existent Healer”.
Here are the Bible references where you can find the name “Jehovah Rapha”. Of course, you would have to look at the original Hebrew to see it.
Exodus 15:22–27 “So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur, and 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? And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, And 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 statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee (Jehovah Rapha). And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters.”