Tuesday, July 12, 2016
“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.” Psalm 133: 2
It is good and pleasant for brethren to dwell together in unity. As King David put it, unity is like the precious oil that was poured upon Aaron’s head, flowed down his beard and ran down his robe.
This was no ordinary oil, this was a special oil that was made for a specific purpose.
In Exodus 30:22-25, we read:
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant calamus, 500 shekels of cassia—all according to the sanctuary shekel—and a hin of olive oil. Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil.”
There were 5 ingredients combined to make what God called a “fragrant blend”: myrrh, cinnamon, calamus, cassia and olive oil. God could have instructed Moses to use one item to make this oil, but He didn’t. God enjoys diversity.
And, from this passage we see the beauty of unity – each item very different and with its own unique purpose, but when mixed together (by a skillful hand), became something very powerful.
Unity is more special and powerful than we think.
By themselves these ingredients were already precious, but put together they became something they could not have been, or accomplished, apart. Together, they became the fragrant blend that was used to consecrate Aaron and his sons into service for the Lord.
“Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests.” (V. 30)
Not only was this oil a symbol of unity in itself, but it was also what was used to anoint priests. It is through unity that the anointing for service flows in a greater way. That’s why the enemy fights unity so much. He understands that when a people are united things happen. A really united group move together towards a common goal that is bigger than themselves and they usually achieve it. Whether for good or for bad, unity brings results.
Unity is precious and is to be guarded.
When you look around you, you can see that we are not all the same, but when “blended” together we can become a very beautiful and powerful force. God’s skillful hand has put people who are very different from each other together in families, in communities, in churches, etc., and as we submit to Him we can band together to advance His purposes on the earth.
Today’s let’s continue to work towards fostering and guarding unity in our own spheres of influence. For a united people can achieve so much!