(God Our Healer)
6 But Peter said, “I have no silver or gold, but what I have I give you; in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, stand up and walk.”
After crossing the Red Sea, the people were without fresh water for three days and then they came to a spring. “Wonderful!” the people thought, but their elation soon turned to sorrow. They discovered that water wasn’t fit to drink so they gave the spring the name MARAH, meaning “BITTER” in Hebrew.
Then Moses prayed, and God told him to cast a piece of wood into the water. “He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet” reads Exodus 15:25. Then God spoke. He said, “If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any dis-eases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you” (Exodus 15:26).
Did you notice that phrase, “I AM THE LORD WHO HEALS YOU”? It says literally, I am JEHOVAH RAPHA, meaning ‘God the one who heals you.’ One of the things that Jesus did was healed the sick, the brokenhearted, the spiritual wrecks. He just spoke the word and it happened. “Yes,” you say, “but He was God.” The disciples also believed that God answered prayer and healed the sick. Peter and John encountered a cripple at the temple gate called Beautiful. Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk” (Acts 3:6).
One of the first New Testament book written says, “The prayer offered in faith will make a sick person well; the Lord will raise him up” (James 5:15). Our God is still JEHOVAH RAPHA to those who look to him.