We all go through times in our lives where we feel broken, helpless, or like a lost cause. Sometimes it’s a specific life experience that makes us feel this way; maybe your parents are on the verge of divorce (or have gotten a divorce) and you feel like you have to choose between the two of them. It could be a break up that you went through. For some, they come out of childhoods where they were beaten, abused, and neglected; this leaves scars. They leave us broken and feeling like there is no way of ever feeling better. They lead to issues mentally, sometimes physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.
When we look at the Israelite’s, we see that they had a horrible life experience that was very detrimental to their lives. They were held captive in Egypt. They were slaves. They were told to slave away all day long making sure they met the quota of bricks set for them. If they didn’t, there was punishment. They were beaten and abused. Can you imagine what this did to them emotionally and mentally? Let alone the marks that were left on their bodies?
They needed to be rescued. They cried out to God, and God heard them. This is when He sent Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh to tell Pharaoh to let God’s people go so that they might worship Him in the desert. Now, it wasn’t just that simple. It took many, many plagues and prayer to get Pharaoh’s heart soft enough to even consider letting the Israelite’s go. Finally, after the 10th plague Pharaoh couldn’t get them out of the land of Egypt quick enough! After all, the 10th plague just took Pharaoh’s firstborn son. Finally, the Israelite’s were free! And shortly after their exit from Egypt, God parted the waters of the Red Sea to seal the deal. This may have healed them physically, but now they needed to be healed emotionally, among other things.
This is when God takes them into the wilderness. This is also “why” God takes them into the wilderness. If we look at the book of Exodus we see that the Israelite’s start complaining about not having water, but sure enough just as they cried out to God for deliverance from Egypt, He now shows Moses a log to throw into the water that was bitter so it would be made sweet. This is just one of many examples of the Lord’s provision throughout their wilderness journey. But more than provision, they still needed healing.
After this, the Lord states: “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the disease on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer”. – Exodus 15.26
The Lord is our Healer! I AM was able to heal the Israelite’s from the bondage they were in! I AM was able to heal them from the troubles they had been through! In fact, He wanted to! But in order to receive the healing, the Israelite’s needed to be obedient and “diligently listen to the Lord”. How many know healing doesn’t just come all on its own? Usually it requires us doing something on our part. If you look at the medical world for example… if we want our bodies healed it requires us to do something (take prescribed meds or other natural remedies) or to change something (our diets, exercise). A doctor can look at you and tell you he has a cure for your disease, but unless you receive it and apply it, it’s just words. Healing requires ACTION from us!
The name of God meaning “Healer” is Yahweh Rophe. It means: “heal”, “cure”, “restore”, or “make whole”. God didn’t just want to physically heal the Israelite’s from what they endured back in Egypt, He wanted to heal all aspects of their life. He wanted to bring them restoration! He wanted to make them whole again! That included their emotions, their mental state, as well as their moral/spiritual state. God, as our Healer, means He heals us in our entirety. Every part of us!
Pastor Aaron, in his sermon, “Who Is This Man: Compassionate Healer”, shows us a New Testament example of who Jesus is and how He lives out His name: Yahweh Rophe.
Friends, do you need to ACT on the healing God is offering you? Do you have brokenness, bondage, or sin that you need to be restored from? Do you long to be made whole again? God cares, and God WANTS to heal you. Seek Yahweh Rophe, cry out to Him, and let His healing begin in you.
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