The Oil on Aaron’s Beard

                                             Psalm 133: 1-3

Vs 1    “Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!    Vs 2    It is like the precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of His robes.   Vs 3   As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.”

This is the life intended by our Father for His children.  A life of unity and harmony created in love for one another. “BEHOLD”, the psalmist cries, “how good and pleasant it is….”  This is the desire of our Lord for those who belong to Him. Intended and desired, surly the will of God.

He drew the picture in the life of Aaron, Moses’ brother. Chosen to be the High priest for Israel he entered the Holy of Holies, into the presence of God. Prepared he was for this encounter. When washed and clothed with garments adorned with holy symbols a precious oil was poured over his head. An anointing oil, a sacred oil poured out abundantly to consecrate him to serve God. Then and only then did he enter in.

 The blessing has been commanded,  “even life for evermore.”  We now, like Aaron, are being cleansed by God’s word that we might wear garments of white washed in His blood.  The oil of God’s Spirit anoints our head. His Holy Spirit consecrates us to Himself. Jesus, our High Priest, has made this to be. We have entered in.

So now we live as brothers as we begin to fill our lamps.  Judgement of ourself and others must be put under our feet. The dreadful price for failure has been paid. Judgement has been satisfied, mercy takes its place. When we see our brother’s needs, simply stop and remember our own. There are places in our way of life yet to be revealed. Do you think it is different for others? So very often we do not see the way we are.

It is only by God’s grace poured out in love that any can change at all. We struggle so, at first, just to trust His word that this amazing gift of life has truly been given. We test it with our failures and find forgiveness does not fail. We then try to please Him and even fail at that. It is only by prayer and His Spirit that we are good at all. Thank God that judgement is past for all who believe in Jesus.

It is easy to know these brothers we should dwell in unity with. 1 Corinthians 12: 3   ” … and no one can say, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ except by the Holy Spirit.” That is the criteria, nothing less, nothing more. Let us start from there and we will know the ones in which Jesus finds His joy.


About Paul Burgess

Learning to be a child that follows and shares so that we understand more of His love that goes beyond our understanding. That our life be transformed in such a way that Judah and Israel become jealous. That they are provoked to envy that the nations have received of His grace. That they might shout "Blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord." That rightiousness be restored.
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