About 200 years prior to Hippocrates' work, the prophet Jeremiah wrote of the ultimate physician. Jeremiah's peers seriously needed His intervention, but they steadfastly rejected it. In Jeremiah 8:22, the weeping prophet implies three invaluable traits of a great physician.
the fragrant, resinous gum, possessed of such famous healing properties, was to be found--
found, however, not by the casual,
unobservant traveller who happened to pass
by that way, but by the man who clambered
up the rocks, scaled the heights, diligently
searched among the precious, storm-stunted
shrubs, yielding the healing gum" (Vol. 9, 219).
A great physician is present. Jeremiah's rhetorical question, "Is there no physician there?," demands an affirmative answer. Judah's problem was not lack of God's presence. They refused to "go to the Doctor." Mayo Clinic or M.D. Anderson have some of the best physicians in the country, but they cannot save the patients who do not come to them for help. One never has to wonder if the Great Physician is "in," for He always is (Heb. 7:25).
A great physician helps the patient recover. Judah's failure to recover was not because God was incapable of effecting the cure. Again, Jeremiah asks the rhetorical question of why there was no recovery of Judah's spiritual health. It was the sin and shortcoming of the patient, not the physician. So it is with us. Whatever your spiritual ailment, He is able to save you! However seemingly fatal, it is curable!
Our hearts break at the 27-year practice of legalized abortion in this country. Wherever medical ethics breach spiritual ethics, God will bring about consequences for such. Yet, whenever and wherever we live, we must urgently get the word out about the Great Physician. It is such great news that He is perfectly knowledgeable, ever-present, and limitlessly able. He offers free check ups, if we will meet Him in scripture.