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Is There A Doctor In The House? Apply Generously Balm of Gilead From The Old Testament

Updated on November 22, 2011

It is amazing how the human body works. Something applied to the outside of your skin, such as a medicated cream, trans-dermal patch, or balm... sinks deep down through the layers of your flesh. Resting there on the outside, just nanometers away from the inside of your body. Rubbed on generously and awaiting its appointed time release to enter, down past your pores... tissues, membranes... into the blood stream, on to the cellular level.

The balm applied on the outside acts only in its appointed time, to cure the inside.

Is it any wonder why so much of the old testament laws were centered around the need to 'touch not'? Some things that were accidentally touched or brushed against, even slightly, could render you 'unclean' and required severe ritual cleansing practices.

The skin... the flesh, so many issues start and stop here, just at the surface it would seem, and then...

I really love the frankness of The Message Bible that asks pointedly:

"...Is there no doctor in the house?"

Jeremiah 8:22 asks: "Is there no balm in Gilead?" ...Is there no physician there? Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people? (New Living Translation). There was a need for a balm, a trans-dermal cure that could be applied, but sink deep, deep, deep beyond the surface. It would need to enter beyond the flesh and bones, into the blood stream and the heart of the matter.

This ironic rhetorical question had the answer hidden inside itself; no amount of medication rubbed on the outside could ever heal what really ailed them on the inside, unless...

UNLESS THE BALM WAS GREAT ENOUGH TO ENTER BEYOND THE SURFACE AND ACT AS THE CURE?

Then came the Healing... It's time release was later, much later.

There was and is a balm that heals wounds, cleanses, and protects against the purposeful, as well as the unavoidable contamination even from long ago.

There is a balm in Gilead and for every destination far beyond its borders.

Apply generously as needed, which is each and every moment.

(Luke 15:24-26) But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – he said to the paralyzed man – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he stood up before them, picked up the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.”

 

There Is a Balm in Gilead

- African American Spiritual

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

Some times I feel discouraged,
And think my work's in vain,
But then the Holy Spirit
Revives my soul again.

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

If you can't preach like Peter,
If you can't pray like Paul,
Just tell the love of Jesus,
And say He died for all.

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

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