THERE IS A BALM IN GILEAD
Jeremiah 8v22 and 2 Kings 1v1-6
In Chapter 8 Babylon is about to destroy Israel and Jeremiah is torn between two great loves. He loves God and He loves the people of Israel and he is terribly sorry to see what they will have to go through and are going through.
This is a question to God from Jeremiah. In other word he is saying God were are you.
Jeremiah was weeping over the spiritual condition of Israel and epically the godless state of Judah.
It seems a good question for Jeremiah and for us as well when we look in our lives and the things that you might be going through.
Israel knew that as long as balm is there, there is healing
Whatever situation you might be having God is with you
In this message I will focus on 5 things: your faith, attitude, character, hope and mindset
When Jesus was teaching on the Sermon on the Mount he said “Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.” Matt 5v4
Description and Definitions: A balm is a healing ointment. Jeremiah is asking about the famous healing lotion made from the commiphora tree of Palestine, the resinous gum we know as Myrrh. Jeremiah is a making a spiritual reference to the healing power of God.
Definition Balm = an oily aromatic resin exuded from trees and shrubs in hot desert countries. It was believed to contain healing assistance and was very rare, expensive and hard to find. Only the rich people had a ready supply. Myrrh was almost the same and often was sold as the same
Genesis 37v18-36 (Joseph and his brothers)
These 5 things are essential because they always cause Christians to be casual or not to be casual
The Centurion Matt 8v5-13,
The cripple at Bethesda John 5v1-15
2. Attitude, Character and Hope
The woman with the issue of blood Mark 5v25-34
The 4 lepers at the entrance gate city Gate of Samaria 2 King 7
The Strategy of Syria was to close Israel inside and cause them to die of Hunger
Instead of the Lepers to march into the city they marched toward the cause of Hunger in Israel
You should much toward your enemy’s camp BODY
The problem is not that God isn’t with us anymore – but that we are no longer near God.
We have changed the life transforming power of Christianity to a set of rules and rituals.
2 Chron 15v2 and 8. V2. And he went out to meet Asa, and said unto him, Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin; The LORD is with you, while ye be with him; and if ye seek him, he will be found of you; but if ye forsake him, he will forsake you. V8. And when Asa heard these words, and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he took courage, and put away the abominable idols out of all the land of Judah and Benjamin, and out of the cities which he had taken from mount Ephraim, and renewed the altar of the LORD, that was before the porch of the LORD.
Romans 12:1-2 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For the tree to produce balms you need to cultivate it. For You to keep or have a balm tree; First you need to make sure you have cultivated and allowed it to grow. As Christians we need cultivate our faith and allow it to grow. Let’s cultivate it by reading the word and prayer and fasting. Let us feed our faith not our fear.
Please note that when the Balm tree is still small it doesn’t mean it have no oil. Wait for it the time will come when you will see the balms fruits ready to produce oil.
When a balm tree exits, it should be guarded. Proverbs 4:23 “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” 1 Corinthians 16:13 “Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong.”
For it (the balm) to be effective, we should not compromise. As Churches we should always work towards salvation with great fear and trembling. Paul says; Philippians 2:12-13 “12 Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed-not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence-continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” This is a time for continuous prayer as Christians. We need to confront our sources of problems in the spirit. It also does not mean when God is quiet, He is not there. He is omni present, omniscient and omnipotent. James 5:14-16 “14 Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
Oh I am encouraged by Elijah, the bible says “Elias was a man subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly that it might not rain: and it rained not on the earth by the space of three years and six months. 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth brought forth her fruit.” James 5:17-18
Instead of compromise the 4 lepers in 2 King 7 marched toward there problem, they did NOT try to get rid of their problem. They confronted it. They confronted the source of their problem.
According to bible leprous was a result of a curse and skin; Miriam and Gehazi (rebellion)
Lev 13:45-46… "The person with such an infectious disease must wear torn clothes, let his hair be unkempt, cover the lower part of his face and cry out, ’Unclean! Unclean!’ As long as he has the infection, he remains unclean. He must live alone; he must live outside the camp.
Leprosy destroyed human dignity. Israel was the only nation that made no provision for those with this illness. The leper was rejected and cast out of society by the community, friends and family.
The main reason why leprosy is talked about so much in the Bible is that it is a graphic illustration of sin’s destructive power. In ancient Israel leprosy was a powerful object lesson of the debilitating influence of sin in a person’s life
Naaman was a captain of the Syrian army but he had leprosy. He had great victories and was honored by his country even with leprosy. 2 King 5v1
Matthew 8:2… A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, "Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean." Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Immediately he was cured of his leprosy.
This leper was a rejected man, unclean and destitute in society. Jesus, the balm of healing touched his life and he was healed.
Have you been rejected by members of your family?
Do you think other dislike you because of who you are?
Is your heart scarred by events of the past stealing your joy in life?
Has abuse tormented your spirit causing guilt and regret in your mind?
Are chains wrapped around your spirit placing you in bondage
Brethren there is a balm in Gilead. The healing power is still available. You can be healed of the pain, torment and any struggle deep with your life, today in Jesus name
People need to seek God’s wisdom and will, not their will. Our trust should not be in our own intelligence, experiences or credentials. Our trust should be in God’s wisdom and power. God has placed this wisdom all over creation.
Jeremiah found himself caught in a time when the power of God was set aside and there was no healing for the people.
Jeremiah 33:2-3 ”This is what the LORD says, he who made the earth, the LORD who formed it and established it-the LORD is his name: ’Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’
Matthew 11:28… "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Psalms 119:114…You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
Psalms 61:3… For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.
Psalms 32:7 You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble
May the Lord surround you with the songs of deliverance.
There is a balm of healing for:
the rejected, the abused, the cast out, the lonely, the sick the hurting the desperate
How can we find this assurance today?
By prayer Jesus was crucified for us all, to save us, heals and empower us Repentance is the key of coming back to God Knowing where you fell and regaining strength/position Confession of where you fell Obedience is the key Humility is very important Pride will take you down People of faith need to stop relying on the messengers and start living the message. You need to be rich in faith Equip yourself with reading, listening of the word God Equip yourself with effective prayer and definite fasting
There is a balm in Gilead to make the wounded whole;
There is a balm in Gilead to heal the sin sick soul.
Allow the Holy Spirit to revitalise and renew you.
Allow Him to heal you
Your Christianity is a lifestyle.