Balm in Gilead: Healing for the Repentent Heart (Fisherman Bible Studyguide)

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Come on, let us kill him and throw him into one of the cisterns here; we could say that a wild beast devoured him. We shall then see what comes of his dreams. So when Joseph came up to them, they stripped him of the long tunic he had on; then they took him and threw him into the cistern, which was empty and dry. They then sat down to their meal.

Looking up, they saw a caravan of Ishmaelites coming from Gilead, their camels laden with gum, balm and resin to be taken down to Egypt.

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Rather, let us sell him to these Ishmaelites, instead of doing away with him ourselves. After all, he is our brother, our own flesh. They sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. GN , A, 17BA. There was a landowner who planted a vineyard, put a hedge around it, dug a wine press in it, and built a tower. Then he leased it to tenants and went on a journey. When vintage time drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants to obtain his produce. But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.

Again he sent other servants, more numerous than the first ones, but they treated them in the same way. Come, let us kill him and acquire his inheritance. What will the owner of the vineyard do to those tenants when he comes? Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit. And although they were attempting to arrest him, they feared the crowds, for they regarded him as a prophet.

MT , These readings show us the results of the sin of jealousy. The sons of Jacob are jealous of their younger brother Joseph, because their father favored Joseph most of all. And the youngest child is usually the one that gets the most spoiled. Joseph was also the only son of the wife Jacob loved the most, Rebecca. Jacob had married both the sisters, but he married Rebecca out of love, and her older sister out of obligation to his uncle. All the other brothers disappointed their father, except Joseph. And because of this Jacob makes Joseph a coat of many colors.

It was a mark of distinction from his older brothers. And his older brothers get jealous of this, to the point where they want to kill him. Let us kill him, and his inheritance will be ours. So when the landlord tries to exercise his authority, they show contempt for it. This is the real motivation for the Pharisees in wanting Jesus dead.

They wanted their authority. And Jesus was a threat to their authority. It was that coat! That sign of authority. And the dreams Joseph was having, indicating that he would have authority over his brothers. And if we look closely, very closely, we see that this is the same age-old motivation in people who attack the Church. People malign the Church, attack the Church, bad mouth the Church.

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God; even some non-Catholics look to the Catholic Church for moral guidance. Who else can make that claim? No one. And so what do the enemies of the Church try to do? Kill the Church.

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Jealousy is a deadly thing. Jealousy can open the door to many deadly sins. A good way to combat this is to take some time every morning or night and count your blessings. Thank him because you have enough to eat, while others starve. Because if we could think of everything we have that we should stop to thank God for, you know what? No one would have the time to be jealous. List the type of things that might tempt you to jealousy. For gracious and merciful is he, slow to anger, rich in kindness, and relenting in punishment. Blow the trumpet in Zion! Proclaim a fast, call an assembly; Gather the people, notify the congregation; Assemble the elders, gather the children and the infants at the breast; Let the bridegroom quit his room and the bride her chamber.

JL The power of repentance. Nineveh, the capitol of the Assyrian Empire, who were savage to the Jews when they conquered Israel, fully deserved to be destroyed in the most horrific way imaginable by God. And yet as great as their sins were, their repentance was equally great. They went as far as to cover the animals in sack cloth and ashes! And because of their repentance, God forgives them.

Sometimes though, because of this story from the book of Joel, I think we misunderstand repentance, especially during Lent. We equate repentance with the doing of things. Repentance is not so much in the performing of actions as it is in the sincerity of the heart. Did his acts of repentance correspond to the contrition in his heart?

The goal is about changing our hearts.

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Here he is, condemned to die just like Jesus, and how does he express repentance? He stands for righteousness. He admits his own guilt for his sin, and concedes that his punishment is just. And finally, he asks Jesus for mercy.


The good thief is covered in the blood of his crucifixion. The good thief wears the cross.

They both ask for mercy, and they both receive mercy, because of their sincerity. Eternal Sweetness to those who love Thee, joy surpassing all joy and all desire, Salvation and Hope of all sinners, Who hast proved that Thou hast no greater desire than to be among men, even assuming human nature at the fullness of time for the love of men, recall all the sufferings Thou hast endured from the instant of Thy conception, and especially during Thy Passion, as it was decreed and ordained from all eternity in the Divine plan.

Remember the sadness and bitterness, which Thou didst experience in thy Soul as Thou Thyself bore witness saying: "My Soul is sorrowful even unto death.