Our Great Physician

He said, “If you listen carefully to 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 of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.” -Exodus 15:26

One of the most basic truths of Scripture is that God reaches to us, offering His life to transform all aspects of our lives. Salvation is God’s rescue of the entire person, and healing is His complete repair of that person. The Hebrew word in this text, rapha’, means “to cure, repair, mend, restore to health.” The main reference of rapha’ is to physical healing, though it may also be used in relation to the healing of a soul (Ps. 41:4) and the healing of a broken heart (Ps. 147:3).

Some have attempted to limit God’s healing power to the spirit or soul, but Exodus 15:26 speaks of physical maladies and their divine cure. The first mention of rapha’ in the Bible (Gen. 20:17) refers unquestionably to the cure of a physical condition, as in to healing from leprosy and boils (Lev. 13:18; 14:3).

Therefore, Scripture affirms and we believe and receive it: “I am the LORD your Physician.”