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    Are we using the wrong balm?

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    Are we using the wrong balm?

    Post by Susan on Fri May 30, 2008 11:41 am

    Is there such a thing as using the wrong balm? The answer lies within the story , "Is there no balm in Gilead".

    Jeremiah 8:20 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. 21 For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. 22 Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?


    There is a question; are we using the wrong balm. Why would this verse state that a cure would not be found in Gilead?

    Jeremiah 46:11 Go up into Gilead, and take balm, O virgin, the daughter of Egypt: in vain shalt thou use many medicines; for thou shalt not be cured.

    Gilead is compared to a heard of goats...

    Song of Solomon 6:5 Turn away thine eyes from me, for they have overcome me: thy hair is as a flock of goats that appear from Gilead. 6 Thy teeth are as a flock of sheep which go up from the washing, whereof every one beareth twins, and there is not one barren among them.

    If we are to understand why there is no balm in Gilead, we need to understand why Gilead is compared to goats. One day the LORD will seperate the goats from among HIS SHEEP. Goats are those that pretend to belong to the sheepfold, but really are not apart of the heard. They may graze in the same fields, but they produce something totally different.

    In Gilead, we find the reason that there is no balm to cure:

    Hosea 6:8 Gilead is a city of them that work iniquity, and is polluted with blood.

    A place that is poluted, is a place where healing cannot take place.

    There is a day coming, that the LORD will send HIS HEALING:

    Micah 7:13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. 14 Feed thy people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. 15 According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous things. 16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might: they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf. 17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD our God, and shall fear because of thee. 18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy. 19 He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. 20 Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old.

    Malachi 4:1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

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