Wednesday, August 04, 2010

2010 – August 4 – The Matchless Balm of Gilead

Study from God’s Word Jeremiah, Chapters 46 - 47 … Passage for Reflection: Jeremiah 46: 11 … NIV "Go up to Gilead and get balm, O Virgin Daughter of Egypt. But you multiply remedies in vain; there is no healing for you.

My Journal for Today: Question: … What do I do in my life to let God’s “Balm of Gilead” heal my sin-sick soul? That essentially was Dr. Smith’s self exam question to close his devotional for today.

In Jeremiah’s day, Gilead was a place known for healing. Many herbs, ointments, and remedies came from there as well as people going to Gilead to be treated by many physicians who lived there. It was sort of the Johns Hopkins or Mayo Clinic of the Middle Eastern world in those times. Jeremiah makes reference to Gilead today with regard to Egypt not being able to be healed, even by a balm from Gilead. In Jer. 8: 20-22, he makes a similar reference; but this time it’s to Judah. In other words, God, through the Prophet,” is saying, “Even the best of human remedies won’t help you.” And God is trying to get Judah or Egypt to look to HIM, and Him alone for the healing that comes from applying the true Balm of Gilead,” i.e., the healing God has for those who surrender to Him as Jehovah Rapha. As the old hymn states …

There is a balm in Gilead,
To heal the sin-sick soul;
There is a balm in Gilead,
To make the wounded whole.

The question still remains: “Are we willing to submit to the only remedy provided for the ultimate disease, which is death?” And that, of course, is the blood of the Lamb of God.

No more need be said to point us to the only source of healing we have for our soul … the only REAL “Balm of Gilead.”

My Prayer for Today: Jehovah Rapha, my Healer, … Your blood has been applied to my soul; and I am healed unto eternity. Praise Your Holy Name!!! Amen

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