October 2021 | Service of Love

Jehovah Rapha
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Jehovah Rapha

Dr. John K. Mathew

A number of names for God are found in the scriptures, for no one name, or even multiplicity of names can reveal all his attributes. The following words from the inspired pen of the prophet Isaiah is thrilling.  "To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?  Says the holy one. lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.  

Do you not know/Have you not heard? The Lord is the ever lasting God, the creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom" (Isaiah 40:25, 26, 28.) god links his name Jehovah to his covenant with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But the eight compound names of God in the old Testament also correspond to the five fold promise god makes to his people in the New covenant or New Testament. While God's names reveal different dimensions of his character they also point to their fulfillment in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Of all the compound names given to God, the one that refers to healing is Jehovah Rapha. A very large part of the ministry of Jesus and his Apostles was given to healing. Jesus is the healer of our body, mind, and spirit. A clear understanding of the origin of sickness is absolutely essential for anyone to grasp the subject of divine healing.  there is little room for disagreement that sickness is the result of the entry of sin in to the world.Foundations Of Pentecostal Theology reads," Created as he was, in the image of God, if man had not sinned, he certainly would not have suffered pain, weakness and disease in his body. Paul makes it very clear that death is the result of sin. Death is sickness matured. Therefore, sickness must also be the result of sin, since the greater (death) contains the lesser(sickness)This means that if there had been no sin in the world there would have been no sickness.

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