There’s something about that Name – YHWH Rapha
In this episode we will look at YHWH our healer which appears in Exodus 15:26. After undergoing a fourteen year journey to health restoration this aspect of YHWH’s character continues to be one of the most vivid ways that He shows up in my life. While divine health is best and that is what I strive to obtain, experiencing YHWH as healer is an awesome reminder of who I must put my trust in because He has never failed me.
The root word for Rapha is RP (pr) which is the picture of the head of a man and also the picture of an open mouth put together it means “man open”. At first glance, I understood how this could relate to a wound, it is something that should be closed which is open, hence an open wound. Jeff Benner’s Ancient Hebrew Lexicon of the Bible reveals this concerning the root meaning of this word:
1454) () ac: Heal co: Medicine ab: Sick: The pictograph r is a picture of the head of a man, the p is a picture of an open mouth. Combined these mean “man open”. Wounds, sickness and illnesses are cured with medicines made from plant materials which were pulverized into a medicinal power. AHLB
This is the root meaning for the word Rapha which means Heal. Now as I begin to look further into the word I was reminded of a scripture in Psalms 40 that gives us a hint for understanding scripture in the context in which it is written.
Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me, (Psa 40:7)
How do these two characters reflect the revelation of what our Saviour Yahushah did for us? It is clear as we read the prophet Isaiah who received amazing prophetic insight into what Yahushah would come and do.
Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. (Isa 53:4-5)
As a plant that is crushed and bruised as a means of remedy for our sickness, all typifying and pointing to the work Yahushah did on the cross they stand even to this day as a reminder of Him. It is by His bruising and from His wounds that we are healed. All of this just from two characters that make up the root of this word, however, the completion of this word requires us to look at one more character.
Now we have already stated that the first two characters () and () means “man open” we see that the word that stands for “cure”, “heal”, “physician” ends with (a) a character that means “strength” or “first”. This reminding me of one of the old hymnal’s which beautifully reflects the meaning of this word, “Power in the Blood”. For indeed there is power in the blood of Yahushah and most definitely that power includes that of healing as Isaiah 53 pointed out to us.
The strong’s number for is H7495 and this word appears 68 times in 63 verses in the Old Covenant writings. This word appears twice in Genesis however, the context doesn’t specify that YHWH is the Healer until we see Him revealed as such to the children of Israel through the prophet Moses in Exodus 15:26. It is clear that YHWH healed Abimelech in the first occurrence of the term, however, it is specifically stated in Exodus 15 that he is identifying himself to the children of Israel as YHWH that healeth thee. Yet, even in that context Abimelech was only able to receive the benefit of YHWH’s nature as Healer through the intercession of Abraham. Hence, the prayers of the righteous availeth MUCH!! (1 Peter 3:12; James 5:16) Abimelech would be able to say amen to that. While we see in Exodus it is plainly stated who will heal us, Isaiah 53 reveals descriptively who it is that will do so. We of course, as stated earlier know this is a prophecy concerning Yahushah who like a plant that is crushed to produce medicine for us was fulfilled in our loving Savior Yahushah, who died for us, that we might have life. Once again proving the medicine of the word is healing balm indeed.
Next time in There’s Something About that Name we will uncover the meaning behind YHWH Nissi, our banner of victory.
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