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Balm of Gilead

Jer 8:22 Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there? Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?
James 5:14 Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
Song 4:1 Your hair is like a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead..

Gilead is a mountain region east of the Jordan River extending about 97 kilometers (60 miles) from near the south end of the Sea of Galilee to the north end of the Dead Sea. The Jabbok River divides Gilead into two parts: northern Gilead, the land between the Jabbok and the Yarmuk, and southern Gilead, the land between the Jabbok and the Arnon (Josh. 12:2). The term Gilead, however, came to be applied to the entire region of Israelite TRANSJORDAN (Deut. 34:1). The Jabbok river is where Jacob wrestled with the “man” and his name was changed to Israel. There he called the place Penuel (Gen 32:22-31). The city of Penuel was located on the southern bank of the Jabbok River, directly across from Mahanaim. Mahanaim is first mentioned in the Bible as the place where Jacob, returning from Padan-aram to southern Canaan, had a vision of angels (Gen. 32:2). Jacob's realization that the place was "God's camp", led him to name the place Mahanaim - Two Camps, or Two Companies, to memorialize the occasion of his own company sharing the place with God's. Later in the story, Jacob is moved by fear at the approach of his brother (whom he has reason to fear) and as a result divided his retinue into two hosts (two companies), hence the town built on the site took two hosts as its name. This seems to be the place of “the struggle between the flesh and the spirit”. In the Song of Songs the dance of Mahanaim is mentioned (Song 6:13).

The Balm of Gilead, an aromatic resin used for medical purposes, was exported to Tyre and elsewhere (Ezek. 27:17). The Ishmaelites who carried Joseph into Egyptian bondage also traded in Gilead balm (Gen. 37:25).

In ancient times, parts of Gilead were covered with forests. A feature of the natural pine forest is a distinct stratification of the vegetation. The trees are the upper layer.

Balsam trees are native to the Gilead area. Incisions in the bark of a balsam tree yield three or four drops a day from each, and left to stand the balsam becomes of a golden color and pellucid as a gem. The balm was so scarce, the Jericho gardens yielding but six or seven gallons yearly, that it was worth twice its weight in silver. The word balm is derived from balsam, which originated from the Greek word (pronounced) balsamon, which was adopted to represent the Hebrew words baal shemen, meaning "lord of oils."

2 Sam 5:22-25 and 1 Chr 14:10-17 tells the story of how David inquired of the LORD whether to go up against the enemy or not and God instructed "You shall not go {directly} up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees. And it shall be, when you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the balsam trees, then you shall act promptly, for then the LORD will have gone out before you to strike the army of the Philistines."

These trees are called “boche” in Hebrew, indicating a tree which drips sap when it is cut, also known as a weeping tree.

Ps 56:8 says “Thou hast taken account of my wanderings; put my tears in Thy bottle; are {they} not in Thy book?

In the ancient world, when a loved one died, mourners would catch their falling tears in a bottle and bury them as a token of eternal devotion.

Ps 84:5-7 says about Bacha (weeping), ‘How blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee; in whose heart are the highways {to Zion} Passing through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring, the early rain also covers it with blessings. They go from strength to strength, {every one of them} appears before God in Zion.”
Balsam reminds us that our tears and a contrite heart are not forgotten by God.

Much closer to the ground is a layer of shrubs, dominated by two species of the genus Cistus. Closer yet to the soil are numerous non-woody plants, many of them in the legume family. Some have sticky hairs like the cistus, a small shrubby tree with beautiful flowers with a soft honey-like scent. This shrub, a likely candidate for the Rose of Sharon is the rock rose – “Cistus”. In ancient times, the gum that exuded from this plant was collected from the hair of goats that had browsed among the bushes. Twice in the Song of Songs the bride’s hair is likened to a flock of goats descending from Mount Gilead. (Song 4:1; 6:5) This might indicate that she had a double portion of the healing anointing upon her head. Since hair speaks of natural strength, it shows that her natural strength is dedicated unto God and healed by Him therefore it has this fragrance attached to it. Deut 6:5 says “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

The third stratification of the vegetation is various members of the mint family. They lack the sticky hairs but contain oils that are evident when the plant is crushed.

Mint is mentioned twice in connection with tithing. Matt 23:23,24 "Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices — mint, dill and cummin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law — justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former. (NIV)
Luke 11:42 "Woe to you Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint , rue and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should have practiced the latter without leaving the former undone. (NIV)

The healing that the mint passages draw our attention to is that of our pocket books. The love of money is the root of all evil and was considered by Jesus as a rival god that we have to choose between. We cannot serve God and money.
1 Tim 6:10-12 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith, and pierced themselves with many a pang. But flee from these things, you man of God; and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (NASB)

Heb 13: 5 Let your character be free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you," (NASB)

Scripture tells us that riches can be deceitful and has the ability to choke the Word of God in our lives. Matt 13:22 "And the one on whom seed was sown among the thorns, this is the man who hears the word, and the worry of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (NASB)

Mark 4:19 "and the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful. (NASB)

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