Tehillim / Psalms 133, ספר תהילים קלג, Part 1, Understanding the Meaning and Nature of Unity!

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In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 132:1-18, the psalm opens saying, א שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לְדָוִד הִנֵּה מַה-טּוֹב וּמַה-נָּעִים שֶׁבֶת אַחִים גַּם-יָחַד: 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity! (NASB) If we are not living in harmony with our family (brothers and sisters in the Messiah), then we will not have the blessing of the Lord’s strength and anointing in our lives. There is something about getting along that causes us to be blessed, strengthened, and secure. Does this involve compromise? Does unity mean we are to be in agreement with everything or on every topic? The binding force for unity is peace. We also know that God notices when people stand together as one in holiness and harmony. This pleases the Lord because it is the fulfillment of the commandment to love one another (Vayikra / Leviticus 19:18). The Psalmist continues saying, ב כַּשֶּׁמֶן הַטּוֹב | עַל-הָרֹאשׁ יֹרֵד עַל-הַזָּקָן זְקַן אַהֲרֹן שֶׁיֹּרֵד עַל-פִּי מִדּוֹתָיו: 133:2 It is like the precious oil upon the head, Coming down upon the beard, Even Aaron’s beard, Coming down upon the edge of his robes. (NASB) The Psalmist parallels the joy of fellowship, peace, acceptance, and one-to-one dwelling together in unity, to the anointing oil that dripped down in upon the beard and the robe of Aaron.  Read more here: Tehillim 133-Part1

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