Gilead; What a remarkable place indeed.
Known at the time, yes known, reputed to have healing ointments in abundance, so why now, why was its notoriety for such things being questioned now at the time of Jeremiah. But wait, oh wait…….
It is a rhetorical question. Hallelujah, Glory it evinces that there is, in fact, a balm in Gilead. In fact an abundant presence of that Balm. So why do you fret, why do you contemplate extremes, taking measures into your own hands, rather instead cry, yes cry, shed a tear or two for your forgetfulness, your discounting the God of Grace, of provision (Jehovah Jireh). Don’t be ashamed for it is the end of the year, all has come to a head; Cry.
In the Mount of the Lord, it shall be seen, shown, demonstrated. Abraham went to offer Isaac. As told by God to do. It was an act of faith on the one hand, and an act of futility on the other; For man cannot suffice as an offering for our God, a physical offering, a Soul offering. Instead, His Soul needs the presence of God to fill it, to encompass it, to uphold it. With the presence of God within then man can perform worship, otherwise, it is futility.
And so the first lesson was learned; Substitution
God provided Himself the Lamb. The Lamb caught in the thicket.
There is a Balm in Gilead.
Lesson number one; Man born, descended from Adam, the fallen creation, which forfeited the Life of God within his breast, the Breath of God administered at creation, this man is not able to pay the ransom for his return unto the Family of God. Born of Adam he is imperfect. But there was one. Yes, Glory, there was one, for there is a Balm in Gilead.
When my mind returns to Saul I wish to cry. King Saul. He fell upon his sword finding himself with the approach of the Philistines, encroaching upon him intent on humiliating him, glorying in his death, defeat, removing him from his legacy, and his legacy from him. God knows the torture and disgrace they would have inflicted upon him. Saul’s perception of things put him under these circumstances where he was forced to fall upon his sword.
But even in death, they sought to humiliate him.
They placed his head in the temple of their god (small “g”) Dagon. They placed his body and that of his Sons (3 of them) upon the wall of Bethshan. This made them desecrated, unclean by the standards of Israel. This desecration was a Great Reproach aimed at Israel and their God.
But there is a Balm in Gilead.
The men of Jabesh Gilead remembered a young man. His name was Saul. The city of Jabesh Gilead was surrounded, besieged. There is a Balm in Gilead. Help, who would help these poor people. The young man Saul, went about stirring the hearts of the people, take up arms, let us go and deliver these folk out of the jaws of death. And they were rescued from the seeming approach of death unto life instead. He, Saul planted this seed in the heart of the men of Jabesh Gilead. Yes now the seed of gratefulness, we shall return good unto Saul who raised up Israel to come to our Rescue. There is a balm in Gilead. The heart to remove the reproach. We put God first, before us, you shall not find this reproach to have power against us.
They remembered Saul.
Oh to be remembered, to be remembered, when you don’t expect it. When you don’t expect it. Oh……
God remembers you, be sure of it.
His head in the temple of Dagon, the bodies upon the wall of Bethshan. His family along with self. The Reproach.
They rose up, yes they rose up, brave men, determined men. They removed the bodies, removed the head, and all this at risk to their own lives. They remembered Saul.
They burned them. Because they wanted the added insurance that they were dealing correctly, attending, administering to the need of these men, Saul, and the Sons. What was unclean due to the desecration inflicted upon them by the Philistine, now was made clean through the burning. Took the bones and laid them to rest.
The brave men of Jabesh Gilead remembered Saul, and included his family in their act of bravery, and included worship into their act, sacrificial act of bravery, representation for the absent. As it will be for those whom God promises to remember. God will not forget us. Our belief in His Sacrifice. His self-denial, thinking of us. His offering upon the threshold. Sin lieth at the door. It should be removed. And what is that sin? A flesh which appertains to Adam, one of mistrust, who forfeited the precious Life of God freely given to him, and chose instead his own concepts, an idea of what was right, his own measure, ethics, counsel. His own way.
It became expedient that one should come and show us obedience. This same one bearing the Life again. His Life, not the life we bandy now, the mockery, which seeks recognition, renown for a dead thing.
The death of the Cross. Resisting even unto the shedding of blood. Jesus, oh Jesus…
There is a Balm, what more shall we ask for, what else is there to recognize. “Is there no balm in Gilead.” Shame, oh shame upon us for doubting. If we have healing, deliverance, rescue, what else have we need of (rhetorical)?
Oh to be remembered, a ransom laid up for us. We are remembered, provision has been made for us.
There is a Balm in Gilead. Oh yes indeed, step forth and accept the concept, the provision, the Balm; Jesus Christ, the Son of God who feinted not, but made the Life of God accessible to us one and all, Glory, Glory. If we believe, trust in the sacrifice.
God, yes God had delivered Jabesh Gilead. He stirred up Saul, and so they, seeing the reproach against Saul, said in their hearts; Lord we trust that you will accept this gift, the laying of our lives, putting them at risk to remove this reproach.
Remember Christ, be not forgetful, step forth; Oh God I know what He did for me, I claim that deliverance in this act of acknowledgment. Thanks, I show my thanks. Forgive me for not recognizing it.
Thank you, Lord that though we have been discounting it, we now acknowledge it, the healing and the Balm we require. We love you oh God, love you, love you…….
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