If you will diligently listen to the voice of the LORD your God, … I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians,
for I am Jehovah Rapha – the LORD, your healer. (Exodus 15:26).
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Every October we commemorate St. Luke’s Day. Recall: Luke the Evangelist is referred to some scholars as the physician of Antioch; and being converted by the Apostle Paul, as is very probable, he became of a physician of bodies, a physician of souls. He was a
companion of Paul on mission trips, and Paul refers to him as ‘the beloved physician’. Luke used his learning and skills, ‘having followed all things closely for some time past, to write an orderly account’ that is now the third Gospel; He also wrote the Acts of the Apostles. Luke’s double edged career is a good analogy of his new found Master, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Great Physician – a true unfailing physician of body and soul.
God introduces himself to the Israelites with different names and descriptions at various occasions; the name ‘Jehovah Rapha’ is found in the verse quoted above. He not only manufactured us but also maintains and protects us; we should be thankful because our bodies face numerous dangers but we are kept alive. Even the knowledge and tools used by the medical practitioners are partial revelations from God our Maker; many doctors therefore admit with the cliché, ‘we treat, God heals’. He heals way beyond what medicine and all manner of therapy could ever achieve: those troubled with stress headaches,
demonic sleeping disorders, chronic retrogression in life – all can receive healing freely from the Lord of Life, Jehovah Rapha.
The Israelites are – and so are we – called to diligently listen to the voice of the Lord. In
Isaiah 35, the healing promises are stretched into the Messianic reign of the eternal
kingdom where all who diligently listen to and obey the voice of the Lord will live forever: this will be the ultimate healing for these people and all creation. Jesus’ gave a foretaste of this hope while he lived on earth: he healed many and gave instructions to his disciples when they went for ministry to a city, to “Heal the sick in it and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” As we declare Him as Jehovah Rapha, He longs for us to embrace this good news – the Kingdom of God has come near you.
God bless you all!!