(Rapha, Rophecha, Roph'ekha)
YHWH Heals / YHWH Who Heals
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Pronounced Yä-wá' (or Yod-Há-Väv-Há') Roh-fee', "YHWH-Rophe" appears only once in Scripture and is the second name YHWH used to reveal Himself to His people. It arises out of one of Israel's earliest experiences in the wilderness after their exodus from Egypt: Exodus 15:26 "And He said, 'If you diligently obey the voice of your Elohim and do what is right in His eyes, and shall listen to His commands and shall guard all His laws, I shall bring on you none of the diseases I brought on the Mitsrites (Egyptians), for I am who heals you [YHWH-Rophe].'" (TS98)
The Hebrew word "rophe" (or "rapha" or "rophecha") means "to restore", "to heal", or "to make healthful", and it appears alone, in reference to Yahweh, more than 60 times, as in...
From the above Scriptures, we may conclude that YHWH is the Great Physician who not only heals the physical needs of His people, but also our emotional and spiritual needs.
What great comfort, peace, and blessed hope there is in embracing the names "YHWH-Rohi", our loving Shepherd, and "YHWH-Rophe", the El who heals us! The great Elohim of the universe isn't far off and disinterested in His creation. Rather, He desires to have the kind of intimate relationship with us that the shepherd [rohi] has with his sheep one by which He calls us each of us by name, and we may abide in complete safety and peace. And the Great Physician [Yahweh-Rophe] loves us so much that He willingly and purposely turned His back to be scourged and offered His body to be crucified in order to fully heal us spirit, soul, and body: Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded because of our crimes, crushed because of our sins; the disciplining that makes us whole fell on him, and by his bruises [Or: and in fellowship with him] we are healed [rophe]." (CJB)