Looking for a good book to help you learn more about who God is? Well, first, please start with the Bible. Nothing can or will reveal more of His character than His own words will. But currently, this book has been accompanying my times with the Lord in the morning as I eat breakfast. I highly recommend it. Ann works through 26 different names God reveals for himself through His own words. Our
God is so magnificent and complex, this is really helping me grasp different areas of His character.
Last week, I studied the name, Yahweh Rophe, which means “The Lord who Heals”. I have heard this before, and I’m no stranger to asking God to heal someone or even myself, but as I read and studied, I realized I was missing the most important part of this name. I could only see the physical healing that God had done–we’re all familiar with how many miracles Jesus performed in the New Testament. Healing the blind, the lame, the sick, even the dead. But the part I was missing the mark on was Jesus incredible healing of my heart and my soul from the sinful nature I was born with.
I love the symbolism God uses in the Old Testament to point to the coming of His Son in the New Testament. Read Numbers 21:4-9 with me. The Israelites complained and lashed out at God, saying they had it better when they were slaves in Egypt. So God sent snakes to bite them, and a lot of them died. On a side note, I think it’s interesting that he sent snakes, when the serpent was the original symbol of evil after the whole Adam and Eve forbidden fruit thing occurred. Anyway, the Israelites then repent, and God tells Moses to make a serpent on a staff and anyone who is bitten, but looks at the staff will be healed. My first thought was, God could have just killed all the snakes and everyone would have been safe. But I think he left them alive, to show the Israelites how to act in faith. If they were bitten, they had to have faith enough to go find that staff and look upon it.
Now check this out–14And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. John 3:14-15. Jesus was lifted up, to heal us from our sin and brokenness. To restore the relationship between us and God. Much the same as that serpent on the staff. When we look to Jesus and repent, we are not only forgiven, we are healed. We are raised up with the Son and held as righteous in God’s eyes.
Have you placed your faith in Yahweh Rophe? He can heal you physically, but more importantly, He will heal your soul, and that is far more precious and valuable.