The God Who Heals

Series: The Name Game

Title: The God Who Heals

Date: Nov.25, 2018

Scripture: Exodus 15:22-27

 

Intro: Today we will continue our sermon series entitled, “The Name Game.” In this series we are looking at the different names which describe God. Last week we saw that God is the GREAT PROVIDER. This week we will see that God is our HEALER. In our sermon today I want us to see that God can heal physically, emotionally and spiritually. Today’s sermon is called, “The God Who Heals.”

 

Before I read our passage for today I want to provide some background that will help paint a better picture for us. As many of you know the book of Exodus describes in detail the events that lead-up to Israel leaving the land of Egypt. Early on in Exodus we have the birth of Moses, his adoption to the daughter of Pharaoh, his escape from Egypt after he killed an Egyptian. Moses finds his way to the land of Midian, connects with the priest of Midian, marries one the priest’s daughters, has children, and tends sheep. After 40 years of tending sheep God calls Moses to return to Egypt to deliver his people from the hand of the Egyptians. God uses Moses to bring 10 plagues upon the land of Egypt and after the last plague the king of Egypt has had enough and he lets the children of Israel leave. The children of Israel leave and head out to the wilderness. Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues the children of Israel and has them trapped. God delivers the Israelites by placing the cloud of fire between them and the Egyptians while He parts the Red Sea. The Israelites walk on dry ground to the other side, the Egyptians pursue them but God closes the Red Sea on them. Israel sees that God has defended them and delivered them from the hands of their enemies. The start of chapter 15 is a song of praise they sing in response to what God has done. All that brings us to verse 22 of chapter 15.

 

* Read Verses

 

Israel leaves the Red Sea behind and heads to the Wilderness of Shur. They go 3 days and can’t find water. The people begin to grumble at Moses. (We quickly forget what God does for us!) Moses calls out to God and God provides them with water to drink. Then God gives them a challenge.

 

The key phrase that I want us to focus on this morning is found in the last part of verse 26.

… for I, the LORD, am your healer.

 

The Hebrew would translate that last portion as Jehovah-Rapha.

Healer – To mend, to cure, to make whole

 

God needed to remind the children of Israel that HE was their HEALER. It was no longer Egypt, it was not Moses, it was Him and Him alone.

 

God is OUR HEALER.

 

I believe that there are 3 areas in which God shows that He is OUR HEALER:

  • Physically
  • Emotionally
  • Spiritually

 

 

 

 

While the children of Israel were in Egypt they experienced the healing of God in these 3 distinct ways:

  1. Physically
    1. Exodus 1:11-14 and 19
      1. Even though the children of Israel were afflicted with hard labor from the Egyptians they multiplied and grew in numbers.
      2. The Hebrew women were described in these terms, “Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are vigorous and give birth before the midwife can get to them.”
    1. God took care of the children of Israel physically while they were slaves in the land of Egypt.
    2. Just as God took care of the children of Israel physically He takes care of us physically as well.
      1. In a preventative way
  1. With laws and insights on how to properly care for your body
  2. Proper hygiene (washing hands and body); By not touching dead animals; Quarantine people if sick
  3. These things are done today to help spread disease!

 

  1. After the fact
  2. Numerous times in the Bible God healed those who were sick with different diseases

 

  1. Through prayer during the age of Grace
  2. James 1:14 – Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord;

 

 

  1. Emotionally
    1. Exodus 2:23
      1. When the children of Israel were drained emotionally they:
        1. Sighed – Because of their bondage
        2. Cried out – Because they were desperate

 

      1. God’s response:
        1. He heard their groaning
        2. He saw them and their pain
        3. He took notice of them
        4. He sent Moses to deliver them

 

      1. Isn’t this just like us today? There will be times in your life when you become emotionally drained and when we become emotionally drained we respond like the Hebrews.
        1. We sigh – Because of our struggles and the bondage which we face (Stress, Bills, Family, Job, Money, Hurt, Unreal expectations, etc.)
        2. We cry out – Because we get desperate (I have done this on a few occasion – Usually when the family is gone and I am all alone; I have cried out to God from right here in this sanctuary; Has anyone else just cried out to God in desperation?)

 

      1. Rest assured God hears your groaning, He sees your pain, He notices your struggles and He has sent a deliverer.
        1. Psalm 147:3 – He heals the brokenhearted And binds up their wounds.

 

 

  1. Spiritually
    1. Exodus 12:21-22 and 29-30

Exodus 12:21-22 – Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood of which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.

 

* God was providing the Hebrews a cure from death and that cure was the shed blood of a lamb.

 

Exodus 12:29-30 – Now it came about at midnight that the LORD struck all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of cattle. Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his servants and all the Egyptians, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no home where there was not someone dead.

 

* The Egyptians rejected the healing which God provided and they experienced the pain of death.

 

A Spiritual healing can only come from a person being washed in the blood of Jesus!

 

Ephesians 1:7-8 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace which He lavished on us.

 

Hebrews 9:12 – and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.

 

Romans 5:9 – Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.

 

Thoughts:

  • The world can’t heal us properly
    • Only temporary
    • Incomplete
  • Our healing (being whole and healthy) is tied to our obedience to God’s Word
  • Disobedience to God’s Word causes pain
    • Pain to us personally
    • Pain to those we love
    • Pain to those we come in contact with