Summary: I don’t have to remind you, that America is facing some of her most challenging days or times! Yes, this country has had some difficult times in the past, but what we are facing today is a Fulfillment Of Bible Prophecies.
Subject: “Is There No Balm In America?
Text: Jeremiah 8:20-22
Introduction Of The Text:
I don’t have to remind you, that America is facing
some of her most challenging days or times! Yes, this
country has faced some difficult times in the past, but what
we are facing today a Fulfillment Of Bible Prophecies.
Well, let me give you some examples:
1. Gun Violence
2. Lack Of Affordable Health Care
3. Coronavirus Outbreak
Paul wrote in 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “But understand this,
that in the last days there will come times of difficulty.
For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money,
proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents,
ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous,
without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous,
reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather
than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness,
but denying its power. Avoid such people.”
So, what does Paul means when he said: “Having a form
of godliness, but denying its power?” Well, if you
meet someone who says that they believe in Jesus but live
in habitual, unrepentant sin, they are denying the power
of God that would enable them to say no, to that sin.
My friend, they have a form of godliness in their words,
but they deny its power by their actions. That person is a
false believer. Oh, yes, that person claims Christ in name
only, but his or her heart is far from Him.
Well, let’s examine the text and see if we can get an
answer to the “lawlessness, chaos, disorder, anarchy and
lack of control” that we are experiencing in America.
I. What Is Balm? (Verse-22)
In Biblical times “healing balm” was used as a
medicine. A “healing balm” was used to help cure many
types of ailments. Therefore, it is fair to say that there was
a “healing balm” used in Bible times, as they are used today.
The Prophet Jeremiah asked God why He hadn’t supplied
this precious balm to help in the healing of his people and
their sinful ways. The balm comes from several herbs that are
part of the mint family of plants; it is used in everything
from food to alcohol and perfume to fruit drinks.
Regards to the “Balm of Gilead,” this balm is related to
the cream tree and is considered a myrrh-like resin/chemical
compound found in the Arabian Peninsula, specifically in
ancient Palestine east of the Jordan River; it was used for
medicine. This “balm” was known to be combined with
other ingredients to increase its potency, such as licorice
and honey for solving chest congestion to oil for bruising,
swelling, or damage to the skin. Infection is what the “Balm
of Gilead” is used mostly for. Some ancient historians say
that Queen Sheba gave a gift of the balm to King
Solomon. The "Balm of Gilead" was, therefore, a high-
quality ointment with healing properties.
II. Why Is Gilead So Important To The Prophet
First of all, this place Gilead is recognized in the
Bible for being the birthplace of the Prophet Elijah.
Gilead was the last place Jacob and Laban met. Gilead
was the battlefield of Gideon and the Midianites where
Gideon was named the victor. So, it makes sense that a
“balm” from Gilead would be important to the Prophet
Jeremiah. The first reference to the phrase: “Balm of
Gilead” can be found in the book of Genesis, an account
of Joseph, as the caravan, Joseph was sold to by his brothers
were from Gilead, carrying items such as “balm” to Egypt.
(Gen. 37:25) The “Balm of Gilead” makes another
appearance in Joseph’s life in Genesis 43:11, when Israel
(Jacob) tells his sons to travel back to Joseph, unrecognized
by his brothers, bringing the finest in goods (one item being
balm) so he would give them grain during the famine.
Combine this knowledge of healing with the history of Gilead
in defeating mighty opponents (Gideon) and bringing the
birthplace of a well-known prophet (Elijah), and one can
very well see why Jeremiah thought the place of Gilead was
so important. This place was occupied by well-known leaders.
III. Why Does Jeremiah Ask: “Is There No Balm In
You see, the Prophet Jeremiah was chosen by God
to warn the people of Judah that the city of Jerusalem
would be taken over if they didn’t repent of their sins and
return to God. Jeremiah preached for many years trying to
convince and to persuade the people to repent.
Someone even gave him the name/title: “The Weeping
Prophet.” So, they called him “The Weeping Prophet”
because his heart was so tender, gentle, caring, and loving
for the people to whom he ministered. He may not have liked
some of the things that God did to the people, yet he was