Names of God: Jehovah Nissi (Our Banner) and Jehovah Rophe (Our Healer)

We are gathering this evening to discuss Lesson 7 (Jehovah Nissi) and Lesson 8 (Jehovah Rophe) in Joanne Ellison’s workbook His Great Name.  When we looked at Jehovah-jireh last week and as we look at the two names this week, each of these names only appears once in the Scriptures.  And each of these names is associated with a place where something extraordinary occurred.  Jehovah Nissi is the name given by Moses to the altar which he built to celebrate the defeat of the Amalekites at Rephidim. Ex. 17:13-16. Jehovah Rophe is the name God calls himself when he gives the Israelites water in the desert and promises not to afflict them with any disease if they follow him. Ex. 15:22-27. Each name describes a singular and personal great act of God.  As you work through these names and read the stories associated with each name, think about a time where and when God personally intervened on your behalf.  And, like Abraham and Moses, find a name for that place and event.  One of the extraordinary things these stories teach us is that our name for God is not limited to God’s revelation of his own name but can arise from our own personal experience with the Divine.

Dinner is at 6. The menu is chicken/eggplant parmigiana. Discussion about 6:45. Hope to see you here. Please bring a friend.    

O God, you are my God; eagerly I seek you; *
   my soul thirsts for you, my flesh faints for you,
  as in a barren and dry land where there is no water.
Therefore I have gazed upon you in your holy place, *
  that I might behold your power and your glory.
For your loving-kindness is better than life itself; *
   my lips shall give you praise.
So will I bless you as long as I live *
   and lift up my hands in your Name.
My soul is content, as with marrow and fatness, *
   and my mouth praises you with joyful lips,
When I remember you upon my bed, *
   and meditate on you in the night watches.
For you have been my helper, *
   and under the shadow of your wings I will rejoice.
My soul clings to you; *
   your right hand holds me fast

Psalm 64:1-8

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