These days, we hear a lot said about “unity.” Usually in the context of racial or gender discussions, unity is an important topic indeed. The Bible says that if a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand (see Mark 3:25).
The leaders of the nation of Israel had their unity issues as well – keeping all twelve tribes in unity was no simple task as the Scriptures indicate. Each had their own agendas and their own interests.
The passage in Psalms 133 today shows us a glimpse of how much of an issue unity was for their day as well:
1 How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2 It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robes. 3 It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the Lord bestows his blessing, even life forevermore.
The words “precious oil” stood out to me as I read these verses. As I thought about this, these words gave new meaning to the importance of unity. The oil described is not ordinary oil. It is oil that is specially prepared for anointing – fragrant and costly. This was an important ritual in those days. The high priest (Aaron’s beard is mentioned – he was a high priest) would be anointed before entering the Holy of Holies – near the resting place of God Himself.
So – how good it is to live in unity. It’s like a sweet fragrance. It’s something that’s worth much. It’s important to live in unity if we want to live in the holy presence of our holy God.
grace & peace