“Make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose,” (Phil. 2:2).
Psalms 133:1 -3 A Song of Ascents. Of David.>> Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, Running down on the beard, The beard of Aaron, Running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, Descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-Life forevermore.
In this passage we get the picture of how important that unity is for God’s people. The Hebrew term for pleasant is towb. It means to be delightful. When a group of believers are in unity it is a pleasant and delightful place to be. It is good when we are together. This goes for Christians meeting for corporate worship and for Christians who may be meeting one on one or in small groups.
When we dwell together we go through challenges together, heartbreaks, disappointments, victories, and joyful occasions as we are dwelling together. When we are in unity the Holy Spirit will be with us in special ways. I think about how good that oil must have felt on Aaron’s chapped dry skin as Israel was wandering about in the dessert. (c) https://ccfhamilton.org/2017/11/02/get-together-unity-the-funnel-that-the-anointing-flows-through/
In Psalm 133, David extols the value of unity. The result of such harmony is a place where God’s people are refreshed and strengthened by His Spirit—just as the dew nourishes the dry ground! It is the place where God commands blessing and where His anointing flows! Vine’s Expository Dictionary records that the word “together” in Psalm 133:1 “emphasizes a plurality in unity. In some contexts, the connotation is on community in action.” And it is the place where zoe—Hebrew for life, the eternal, God-kind of life—flows freely!
The Hebrew word Yâchadh in verse one means “oneness, concord;” it denotes a people drawn together for one purpose—to follow Jehovah, fulfill His plan and purpose, and to dwell together under the umbrella of His blessings. Aaron wasn’t anointed with just any old oil, with whatever was handy. No, it was the holy anointing oil used only in Temple ceremonies. It consisted of four spices: myrrh, cinnamon, sweet cane (or sweet calamus), and cassia. They were mingled together with olive oil, which to the ancient Hebrews was enormously symbolic and useful.
It was a balm, a soothing healing oil poured into wounds. It was fuel to keep lamps burning and provide light. It was a food, blended with grains and other foods to fill the hungry. Jeremiah asked, “Is there no balm in Gilead?” (Jeremiah 8:22, KJV). As the spices enfolded Aaron, it became a picture of Yâchadh—oneness—of a group of very different people united in service to Jehovah. As the oil was infused with the spices, it became holy. None of the ingredients alone could make the anointing oil, but together they become a wonderful example of unity.
Our church, Send the Light Ministries – Main, here in the Philippines just had our Water Baptism and Church outing yesterday till morning today. And I can’t stop praising the Lord for what He has done through all of us.
I’m in awe of the LORD knowing and seeing the lives of those who publicly declared their being One in JESUS through the water baptism ceremony. Got teary knowing that more and more lives are becoming willing and desiring to give their whole lives to the Lord and no turning back…
I even remember the time that I got baptized last 2011, I can still remember the experience, the anointing that fall that time, the power of the Holy Spirit that works mightily that time and that makes me want to shout more of How great is the Lord. Truly! Great is Thy Faithfulness!
As we are continually uniting in this purpose and aim – to glorify God, my prayer is as Apostle paul says, ““May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus, that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God” (Romans 15:5–7).
Praising God for this Spirit-rooted, Christ-manifesting, truth-cherishing, humbly-loving unity that is designed by the LORD. I know that there’s so much more to see in the Lord.
PRAISE YOU JESUS! THANK YOU JESUS!
In CHRIST alone,