Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Balm of Gilead

“…is there no balm in Gilead ? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people? …” Jeremiah 8:22 NIV [italics & emphasis mine]

Gilead was a beautiful country just beyond Jordan where a certain rare tree grew; the leaves from the branches of this tree were used to cure illnesses (Jer 51:8b)…the tree was called the Balm. Ishmael travelling from Gilead carried it (Gen 37:25); when Children of Israel visited Joseph in Egypt , their father instructed them to carry ‘the balm’ for Joseph. The prophet of God in the above scripture was asking a rhetoric question that how comes God’s people are suffering whilst there is the Balm and physicians in Gilead ?

The church today suffers enormous blows; people in church (born again, spirit filled, tongue talking sanctified saints) are physically sick, demon oppressed, riddled with poverty, problems in marriages has become a norm, just to mention a few. Why is this whilst there is a balm in Gilead ? The answer can’t be any simpler…SIN, yes sin in church [Idol worship, unbelief & ignorance]; we have turned away God’s presence-Power. Therefore, vv 10,13, God has taken away our harvest and wives and given us snakes to bite us because, he continues vv 4 we have fallen but not got up, we have turn away but did not return. So then the question is not falling or turning away…THE QUESTION BRETHREN, IS GETTING UP AND RE-TURNING ONCE WE COME TO OUR SENSES.

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