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The Balm of Gilead- The Answer for Health, Healing, and Reduced Inflammation for Body, Mind, and Spirit

 

Abundant Health Wellness Center is a non-profit organization with a mission to apply Biblical principles for the well-being of the whole person and cooperate with the Creator in His compassionate work in the restoration of your health. Our goal is to help you achieve your best health by helping you put knowledge into action, embrace health, and conquer disease.


This month, we are focusing on the spiritual aspect of our health. In our last blog, we discovered The Power of the Seed, and the most important Seed being Jesus (Genesis 3:15). From the beginning, Jesus, as our Creator (Colossian 1:16), has given us a health plan that, when successfully implemented, will bring health and peace to both body and soul. We can read about it in Psalm 67:1-2, “God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause His face to shine upon us; that Thy way may be know upon earth, Thy Saving Health among all nations.” (KJV)


Jesus’ Saving Health plan, when successfully implemented, is the Answer and Cure for inflammation and ushers in new health and healing of body, mind, and spirit. What is this Saving Health Plan? It is the Balm of Gilead Who is the health of our countenance (Psalm 42:11; 43:5).


In Jeremiah 8:20, 22 we read about the Balm of Gilead, “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved…Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of My people recovered?”


God’s people have a Physician and the Cure: the Balm in Gilead, but they have not been employed either, and therefore, God’s people are sick and not recovered. Notice they are not saved yet because there is something going on with their health. Something is wrong. What is it? They are ignoring the Physician with the Balm in Gilead? (By the way, health and salvation are the same word in Hebrew: yshew’ah.)


Balm was used as a healing medicine for all ailments from bruises to inflammation from psoriasis and arthritis to treating cancer (https://wwwncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3332194). Jacob sent a gift of balm to Joseph as a symbol for healing a relationship (Genesis 43:11).


In Jeremiah 45:11 we read, “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.” The daughter of Egypt is taking many medicines but is finding no healing. Why? She has forgotten the balm of Gilead. 


God’s people have an incurable condition and there is only one Balm of Gilead that can cure the situation. What is it and how can we obtain it?


Isaiah 53 outlines the remedy:


Who hath believed our report? And to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: He hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

He is despised and rejected of men; a Man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from Him; He was despised, and we esteemed Him not.

Surely He hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows; yet we did esteem Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 

But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement of our peace was upon Him; and with His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned everyone to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so He openeth not His mouth.

He was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare His generation? For He was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was He stricken.

And He made His grave with the wicked, and with the rich in His death; because He had done no violence, neither was any deceit in His mouth.

Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He hath put Him to grief; 

When thou shalt make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall proper in His hand. He shall see of the travail of His soul, and shall be satisfied: 

By His knowledge shall My righteous Servant justify many; for He shall bear their iniquities. 

Therefore, will I divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He hath poured out His soul unto death: and He was numbered with the transgressors; and He bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


The Balm of Gilead is the arm of Jesus. His right arm, with all its healing power, is revealed in Isaiah 53. In assuming humanity Christ took the part of every human being. He is the Head of humanity. A Being divine and human; with His long human arm He encircles humanity, and with His divine arm He lays hold of the throne of the Infinite. 


We are all perishing from an incurable disease called sin (iniquity, transgression). Jesus is the only One Who has the Remedy for the broken relationships with God and our fellowmen. He is the Balm of Gilead, the only Answer for experiencing true health, healing, reduced inflammation in the body, mind, and spirit. 


We are living in the midst of a pandemic of physical, mental and spiritual sickness. “The corruption that prevails, it is beyond the power of the human pen to describe. Every day brings fresh revelations of political strife, bribery, and fraud. Every day brings its heart-sickening record of violence and lawlessness, of indifference to human suffering, of brutal, fiendish destruction of human life. Every day testifies to the increase of insanity, murder, and suicide. Who can doubt that satanic agencies are at work among men with increasing activity to distract and corrupt the mind, and defile and destroy the body?


“And while the world is filled with these evils, the Gospel is too often presented in so indifferent a manner as to make but little impression upon the consciences of the lives of men. Everywhere there are hearts crying out for something which they have not. They long for a power that will give them mastery over sin, a power that will deliver them from the bondage of evil, a power that will give health and life and peace.” Ministry of Healing, p. 143


The world needs a revelation of Jesus Christ; only through the grace of Christ is the work of restoration, physical, mental, and spiritual, accomplished. Look at the Man of Calvary, Who takes away the sin of the world. Behold Him and live!


O sing unto the LORD a new song; for He hath done marvelous things; His right hand, and His holy arm, hath gotten Him the victory.

The LORD hath made known His salvation: His righteousness hath He openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. 

He hath remembered His mercy and His truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Psalm 98:1-3 

(see also Jeremiah 30:17; 33:6)


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Blue Skies,


Dana West, RDN, LD, DIPACLM


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