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Wilson's Dictionary of Bible Types

Heath

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Jeremiah 17:6 (a) This figure represents a worthless, useless Christian. He lives in a desert, with no joy of the Lord, none of the peace of GOD, and does not bring a blessing to GOD's people.

Jeremiah 48:6 (a) It is said that the heath in this verse represents the tumble weed of the western plains in our own country. It is about the same size and shape. It bears a small bloom. It flourishes in the wet season in southern Palestine. When the dry season comes, the entire plant shrinks, the roots shrink in the ground so that it is only loosely held in place. When the wind comes, it blows the whole plant out of the ground, it rolls along before the wind until it finds a marsh, or a swamp. Here the roots take hold, replant themselves, and the plant again broadens out its little branches and blooms. (I have not seen this plant, but have read this description given by others). The lesson it teaches us is that if the Christian finds himself in that society or association where the Word of GOD is not loved and preached, where the Spirit of GOD is grieved and quenched, where the soul is drying up for lack of the living water, then he should loosen his hold on that place, or that association, and let the Holy Spirit take him into a new association where the living water abounds and the work of GOD is prospering.


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Watson, Walter. Entry for 'Heath'. Wilson's Dictoinary of Bible Types. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/wdt/h/heath.html. 1957.

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Thursday, October 17th, 2019
the Week of Proper 23 / Ordinary 28
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