Jehova-rophe (ro’-phay) means Jehovah Heals. And it’s not just healing like we often think of it—a healing of some physical or mental malady. It’s a word that means to restore, cure or heal not only in the physical sense, but in the spiritual and moral sense as well. We read in Exodus 15:22-23 that they went three days in the wilderness without finding any water. And when they did finally come to the springs of Marah, they found that they were bitter in God pointed out a specific tree that when Moses threw it into the waters, they became sweet and drinkable in verse 25. The Lord says, “I am Jehovah Rophe the Lord that heals thee (v.26). God loves us, and He wants to heal us.
First, He asks us to Hearken to His voice – Listen to God when you need a healing, and not to all of those other voices around you (see Luke 6:5; Mark 5:35-42).
Second, do what is right in His sight. When God speaks, obey what He says. And, doing what He says in obedience also means praying. We are commanded and reminded to pray over and over in scripture. Pray for healing. (see James 5:14-16).
Third, we claim the promise in Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced for our offenses, He was crushed for our wrongdoings; The punishment for our well-being was laid upon Him, And by His wounds we are healed. Jesus Himself paid for our healing as a benefit to us. He has paid for it already.
Jehovah Jireh (yeer’a, or as we tend to say ji’-rah) means “the Lord will provide,”. And, we only need to look back to when God first uses this name to see it’s primary meaning. Abraham received instructions from God: “Take Isaac, your only son, whom you love, and sacrifice him on the mountain I will show you” (Genesis 22:2). Then, just as Abraham raised the knife to sacrifice his son, God stopped him, and at the last moment substituted a ram as the sacrifice. And in Genesis 22:14 we read 14 And Abraham named that place [Jehovah Jireh] The Lord Will Provide, as it is said to this day, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.” Abraham had enough faith in God’s character and power to trust that if God took Isaac at that moment, he would still keep His promise to bring multitudes of descendants through Isaac, and God would fulfill His word even if He had to raise Isaac from the dead.
God provides for our biggest need; freedom from the law of sin and death. And Jesus is the provision. In the mountain of the Lord it was seen. God prevented Abraham from Sacrificing his son, but God Himself gave His son (John 3:16). By His death as the sinless Son of God, as Galatians 3:13 reminds us: 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”— 14 in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Jehovah-Rohi means the Lord is my shepherd. We see this most clearly in the 23rd Psalm. David is thinking about the comfort and care that God gives us personally, and the trust that we, His sheep place in our shepherd, confident that He will lead us rightly because of who He is. Psalm 100:2 says Know that the Lord Himself is God;It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves; We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. And again in Psalm 95:7 For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture and the sheep of His hand. And calling us sheep as believers is not so much a complement to us, as it is a picture of the total dependence that we have on God as our shepherd.
And since the Lord is our provider in this life, I shall not [be in] want. No good thing does God withhold from those who walk uprightly, but many of the things that we desire are not good for us, at least in the way and in the timing that we want to see that desire fulfilled. God as our shepherd provides for our spiritual nourishment and refreshment.
And, as we trust God, and learn to be guided by Him and rest in Him, we allow Him to be Jehovah-Nissi (nis’-see), Jehovah, our Banner. The word Banner can also be translated, “pole, or ensign or standard. Among Jewish people, it also denotes “miracle”. An ensign or a standard or a banner is a rallying place to kindle hope and focus efforts, it is a signal that says “this is the Lord’s place”. This is God’s battle, and we are on God’s side, and since God never loses, it is always a sign of victory and salvation. We first see this during Israel’s first battle. It is against Amalek. This is the battle when Moses held his hand up, and Israel prevailed, and when his hands were heavy, and his hands fell down, Amalek prevailed. Aaron and Hur supported his hands, and Joshua defeated Amalek and his people. After the battle was over, God had Moses write this in a book as a memorial to Joshua, and it says in Exodus 17:15 15 And Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; 16 and he said, Because the Lord has sworn, the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.” God’s victory is total. It is because Moses and Joshua, and Aaron and Hur fought the battle God’s way that Amalek was defeated. But, we have to understand something: It was God’s altar that was named The Lord is my Banner. We must fight the Battle God’s way, if He is to claim it as His victory, and that means that we fight our battles on our knees in prayer. Jehoshaphat’s Prayer (2 Chron. 20 6-12).