Jeremiah 8:22 – Jeremiah Weeps for His People
…21For the brokenness of the daughter of my people I am crushed. I mourn; horror has gripped me. Is there no balm in Gilead? Is no physician there? Why then has the health of the daughter of my people not been restored?
2,000 Year old Gem Discovered in Jerusalem – the Lost Scent of the Balm of Gilead. Rare biblical ‘balsam tree’ found depicted on 2000-year-old amethyst seal
The small lilac stone, featuring the engraving of a bird and a branch with five fruits, had fallen into the main drainage channel of Jerusalem from the Second Temple period. Known as “balm of Gilead” (tzori in Hebrew), balsam tree (nataf) or “persimmon” later in the Mishnaic period, the plant, whose modern scientific name is commiphora gileadensis, was used to produce perfumes, incense and medicines.
First of its kind amethyst stone with depiction of biblical plant found– Anat Harel – ILTV – https://youtu.be/t8xuGYkOVK8
2,000 Year old Gem Discovered in Jerusalem – the Lost Scent of the Balm of Gilead. Listen to archeologist Eli Shukron discover this beautiful gem and the secrets it holds of the biblical persimmon that used to be the famous incense for the Temple. – https://youtu.be/aL4kv8801ME
Jeremiah used the plant “balm of Gilead” to describe healing in three of his prophecies. The first time Jeremiah foretold the destruction and exile of Judah. Jeremiah asked, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” (Jeremiah 8:22).
The second time Jeremiah prophesied against Egypt. Jeremiah advised Egypt to go to Gilead and get balm, yet there would be no healing for them (Jeremiah 46:11). The third time, Jeremiah used the exemplar of balm for healing was to predict Babylon’s fall. (Jeremiah 51:8-9)
Medically, balms are healing or soothing substance, e.g., ointment, salve or cream. https://www.carolynrothministry.com/post/jeremiah-longs-for-balm-of-gilead
Gilead was a fertile, mountainous area east of the Jordan River. The name Gilead means “rocky region” or “hill country.” Solomon refers to goats “descending from Gilead” in Song of Solomon 6:5. To the north of Gilead was Bashan, and to the south were Moab and Ammon.
When the Promised Land was divided among the twelve tribes of Israel, the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and half of Manasseh received territory to the east of the Jordan.
In 1845 Edgar Allan Poe mentions it in one of the last stanzas of his poem:
“Prophet!” said I, “thing of evil! – prophet still, if bird or devil! —
Whether Tempter sent, or whether tempest tossed thee here ashore,
Desolate yet all undaunted, on this desert land enchanted —
On this home by Horror haunted – tell me truly, I implore —
“Is there – is there balm in Gilead? – tell me – tell me, I implore!”
Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Is_a_Balm_in_Gilead
The tree that Gilead Sciences derived their name from. The name was inspired by the balm of Gilead, an ancient medicine referenced several times in the Bible. – https://www.gilead.com – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gilead_Sciences
https://www.fool.com/investing/2017/05/28/7-things-you-didnt-know-about-gilead-sciences-inc.aspx – https://www.dailycrow.comPro LGBTQ company: https://www.gilead.com/stories/articles/human-rights-campaign-gives-gilead-perfect-score-on-2020-corporate-equality-index
Gilead Announces Approval of Veklury® (remdesivir) in Japan for Patients With Severe COVID-19 – https://www.gilead.com/utility/search?q=covid
Hebrews 10:20-24 – A Call to Persevere
21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold resolutely to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds.