Thursday, August 28, 2008

Jehovah-Rophe, "The Lord Who Heals"

"As these men watch you, Jeremiah, smash the jar you brought, then say to them, 'This is what the Lord of Heaven's Armies says: As this jar lies shattered, so I will shatter the people of Judah and Jerusalem beyond all hope of repair." Jeremiah 19:10-11
This vision of a shattered jar is an important image to me. It represents to me, how our lives can be shattered. Oh yes, our lives can be pulled apart and broken into pieces. My own life was a shattered jar, and the God of Healing as put me back together again. One of the names of God is Jehovah-Rophe, "The Lord Who Heals". Rophe means to heal which implies spiritual, emotional as well as physical healing. God heals body, soul and spirit; all levels of man's being. Now think about about it, a jar that lays shattered on the ground can be restored. God can pick up all the broken pieces and can take one piece at a time, and glue each piece to make the jar whole again. Just as this picture shows, the jar has been restored, but not to the same condition as it was before it was broken. Notice, something has been added. God adds the glue and each piece can now be mended. The restored jar still has the small cracks that are still visable to the eye, but the cracks are now mended. This is just like us. We are mended by God and God has added something to us, for God has added character to us. We will never be the same again, but we are now new creations in Christ. We are whole again, but different, for God has added something very special to us. God has added His grace and mercy to our seams. Think about it, God can heal and restore us like the loving Father He is. He can pick up each and every piece, glue us back together, and through this process, God will add something to us! We will never be the same again, but we will be now seen as a new creation because of the great Jehovah-Rophe, "The Lord Who Heals".
Question: What stage are you in right now? Being broken? Being mended? Being a restored broken jar? Wherever you are in this process, know that our God is a God that heals.

2 comments:

Peter Link said...

Pam,
I just found your blog and am already a huge fan! I work for an Inspirational music company called Watchfire Music (www.watchfiremusic.com). Recently, we started our own blog on inspirational music (http://sparksfromthefire.blogspot.com/) and are working to add a section on our site called 'What Inspires Us,' where we list info and links to other inspirational sites/resources. We would love to include your site and are hopeful that you will check out ours when you have some time, and if you like what you see, list our links on your page. Thank you for your time and consideration. Keep up the great work! I look forward to hearing from you,

Pam Zunic said...

Peter,
Thank you for the kind words about my blog. I have visited your own blog and your website. You have my permission to include my site on your page. I like what you do and see that God has given you the gift of music. I too lis post a like to your page. I especially appreciate your words of encouragement. It gave me that little lift I needed today after a long day of ministry work. God Bless!