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The Compound Names of Jehovah: Jireh, Rapha, Nissi (Session 60)

Purpose: There is no better way to discover what God is like than to look at His names. In the names considered in this material, we seek to understand how He cares for us.

Objectives

1. You will understand how God provides for our needs.

2. You will understand and learn to trust Him to make bitter things sweet.

3. You will learn to lean on Him and trust Him when the battle seems more than you can handle.

Scripture Memory

The Lord is good - indeed, he is a fortress in time of distress, and he protects those who seek refuge in him.

Nahum 1:7

Agenda

1. Mutual prayer and accountability.

2. Share Scripture memory.

3. Discuss questions.

4. Discuss any new terms.

Worksheet

Jehovah - Jireh: The Lord Who Provides
Genesis 22

1. Read the text carefully and answer the following questions.

a. What was the setting for the revelation of this name of God?

b. What made this especially difficult for Abraham? See Genesis 15:1-6; Genesis 21:1-6; Romans 4:18-22.

c. Did Abraham really think he was going to have to take the life of his son Isaac? Genesis 22:5; Hebrews 11:17-19

d. How was this story something like the story of Jesus and the offering of Calvary? See Genesis 22:2, 5, 6-9.

The Revelation of the Name Jehovah-Jireh, Genesis 22:12-14. The meaning of this name is The Lord Who Provides. The name is literally, The Lord Who Sees, or The Lord Who Will See To It. This is what we long for when we have a need that is personal and special; One who will see to our needs and provide for us. This is what Jehovah-Jireh means; the Lord Who will see to it that my every need is met. One Who knows my need because He sees. One Who is able to meet my need in just the right time as He did for Abraham, and One Who can meet it fully. For Abraham, it was the ram caught in the thicket that was offered in Isaac's place. For us it is whatever we need.

2. Look up the sample verses and see the bountiful provision the Father has made for you and me. Write the meaning of each verse.

a. Matthew 6:25-34

b. Philippians 4:19

c. Psalm 37:4

d. Psalm 37:25

e. Romans 8:37

f. Ephesians 1:3

The name Jehovah-Jireh is a name that is crucial for us today as we seek to know the Father. It is a name that assures us that our Heavenly Father is able to provide any need we have. Trust Him for that!

Jehovah - Rapha: The Lord Who Heals
Exodus 15:22-26

1. Read the text carefully and answer the following questions.

a. What was the occasion for the revelation of this name of God?

b. What exhilarating experience did Israel just have? Exodus 14:21-31

c. What in our lives today can be likened to the bitter waters of Marah?

List two or three "bitter" experiences you have endured recently.

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d. The common way to approach a difficulty or stress in our life is the same way that the Isrealites approached their stress, Exodus 15:24. Also see Job 2: 9. How do you usually approach difficulty that seems cruel to you?

2. The Revelation of the Name, Jehovah-Rapha, Exodus 15:25.

Please note that the solution to this problem of bitter water was not one from the mind of Moses. It was rather from the Lord Himself.

The Lord showed Moses a _________________.

The tree made the difference in the taste of the water. When we think of the many bitter experiences of life, what tree has made a difference? __________________________________ Surely in the light of Calvary, the "tree makes a difference," the bitter problems of life can become sweet. Exodus 15:26 gives us the revelation of the name. God says in the last part of the verse, "...I the Lord Am Your Healer." Literally, I am Jehovah-Rapha, the Lord Who makes bitter things sweet.

3. The name Jehovah-Rapha is a name that speaks to us and our need today. We live in a stressful world and society. Every day new problems confront us and we bend under the load of seemingly unsolvable problems. How can Jehovah-Rapha bring healing to a sick world. List some of the ways you already know that make this a reality for you.

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4. Now look up the following verses and see if you can add anything to your list of practical ways to handle bitterness.

a. Romans 8:28-29

When will ultimate healing take place?

Remember that God lives in eternity, and we in time. We are often in a hurry. God is never in a hurry. But the bitterness in our life will someday be made sweet. We have that promise.

b. Hebrews 12:10-11

How does "bitter chastisement" become sweet?

This suggests that I need to view ___________________ in a positive way. It produces a ________________ of _________________ and _____________.

c. And what is the factor that makes a difference in the life of a child of God as compared with one who has not chosen the Savior? See John 1:12

A tree provided by God made the difference. Christ on Calvary!

Jehovah-Rapha means, "I am the Lord _______ ___________ ."

4. What difference is this going to make in your life?

Jehovah –Nissi: The Lord Our Banner
Exodus 17:8-15

1. Read the text carefully and answer the following questions.

a. What were the circumstances involved in the revealing of this name to Israel?

b. The Amalekites were a perpetual sore in the side of Israel. In this story, what parallel can you draw to contemporary Christian life concerning these people? To what in the Christian life can they be compared?

c. To consider this question further, see Galatians 5:17. What do we war against continually according to this passage?

See also Romans 7:21-24. What warfare is described in this passage

2. What led to victory for Israel over the Amalekites? Exodus 17:11-13

See also Ephesians 6:18 and 1 Thessalonians 5:17. What do these verses add to your thinking?

The victory of Israel obviously depended upon Moses continually standing before God and not being weary in his praying. What in the story suggested that prayer was involved? vs. 11-12

What other strategies do you have in not giving way to the carnal nature in your life?

3. The Revelation of the Name Jehovah-Nissi; The Lord Our Banner, Exodus 17:15-16. This name has to do with warfare. In this instance, the warfare involved God's very own. Our Father is willing to wage warfare on our behalf. One area of great battle has to do with our carnal nature. List areas involving your carnal nature that are the most difficult for you to deal with.

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The Lord Our Banner desires to give us victory. Read Romans 8 and learn of the victory that is ours over our carnal nature.

Life Application

Read through your journal and review your experiences. See how Jehovah has met your needs and how He lives up to all of your expectations.

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