Today's Devotional

Blessings of Unity (10 October)

Behold, how wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God's people to live together in harmony! It is like the precious anointing oil running down from Aaron's head and beard, down to the collar of his robes. It is like the dew on Mount Hermon, falling on the hills of Zion. That is where the Lord has promised his blessing-life that never ends.
Psalm 133:1

The words of this verse are often heard in our land. To a degree it has even turned into a kind of hymn to unity, one that many of us even sing together with visitors from abroad. It has become so familiar that we are in danger of losing the depth of its meaning.

The word of God does not exaggerate in its description of unity between brothers. Even the opening word "behold" points to the fact that here is a great truth regarding the importance of unity, so great that it is declared to us as both a prophecy and a promise for the future. It is like other great truths of Scripture, "Behold the virgin will conceive…," "Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world," and others.

It is a prophecy and a promise that one day in the kingdom of our Father, we will all sit together as his children, because he has-at a great price-made us brothers.

The words of the verses that follow, perhaps less well known, describe the great importance of this unity between brothers. Aaron was the first to be consecrated to the office of priest with the anointing oil. He then becomes the symbol and representative for all of us in the ministry, the priesthood God has given us. Our unity as brothers is an anointing and consecration that God has for us, just like that of husband and wife.

Our unity is like the dew of heaven, the grace of God descending on us. It restores our strength to continue our ministry and calling. This unity stems from God's absolute will to give us the greatest blessing of all: the death, resurrection, and kingdom of Christ, God's blessing from Zion. It is the blessing of eternal life. The day will indeed come when we will live together and in one spirit will praise our Father and Lord.

But are we not in fact commanded to live like that already today, to live in the reality of that promise of God for us? Have we not been sent to bear this testimony for the Messiah? "I pray that they may all be one, Father, ... so that the world will believe that you sent me." (John 17:21) It is vital that we live out the unity that is in Christ so that we may receive God's anointing and blessing on our ministry for his glory.

Then our anointing will also be the oil of gladness and joy among our brothers (Isaiah 45:7) and a witness to our friends of the power of Messiah's love and blessing. Then many more brothers will live with us in the kingdom of our Father.

- 10 OCTOBER -

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