Does God Still Heal, Or, Is It All On Doctors?

23. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?”25.  So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, 26 and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of these diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Exodus 15: 23-26 NKJV.     Please note: verse 25 states that after Moses cried out the Lord is speaking from the rest of the verse and 26. Exodus-15-26

Heals, rapha, Strong’s # 7495: To cure, heal, repair, mend, restore health. Its participial form rophe’, “one who heals,” is the Hebrew word for doctor. The main idea of the verb rapha is physical healing.

Some have tried to explain away the biblical teaching of divine healing, but all can see that this verse speaks of physical diseases and their divine cure. The first mention of rapha’ in the Bible (Gen, 20:17) refers unquestionably to the cure of a physical condition, as do references to healing from leprosy and boils (Lev. 13:18; 14:3).

Scripture affirms, “I am Yahweh your physician.”

The Old Testament Healing Covenant.

This verse is widely referred to as the OT Divine Healing Covenant. It is called a “covenant,” because in it God promises He will keep His people free from diseases and conditions the promise upon their diligent obedience.

The words used in our text for “diseases” Hebrew (Makhaleh) and “heals” Hebrew (rapha) are used for physical sickness and bodily healing. This is not only a spiritual concept, but also an intensely physical one.

The covenant is made absolutely certain by the fact that God joins His mighty name to the promise, calling Himself Yahweh-Rapha, meaning “the Lord who heals.” Here God reveals His nature to be the Healer to those who obey His word—to recover to health and to sustain in health.

If under the former covenant bodily healing was pointedly included with the Father’s many other benefits, we can rejoice and rest in faith. The New Covenant “Glory” exceeds everything of the Old (2 Cor. 3:7-11), and we can be certain that God, in Christ, has made a complete provision for the well-being of our total person.

 

This is post number 400 for Cracked-Pot.

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