As the Temple in Jerusalem was the high place for the Jewish people, so Easter is the high point of the Gospel. IV of James A. Sanders book, Discoveries in the Judean Desert of Jordan (Oxford University Press, 1965). Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Such fellowship (3b) is something God delights to bless, and is proof of the possession of life forevermore (1 John 3:14).[10]. The joy of this unity is compared to the anointing oil that was used when anointing Aaron, the high priest of Israel. It is like the precious oil on the head, Mount Hermon is far to the north of Jerusalem (i.e. The Lord Jesus prayed for unity among His people. Ephesians 4:1-3 tells us, “I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; ENDEAVOURING TO KEEP THE UNITY OF THE SPIRIT in the bond of peace.” True unity is the work of the Lord. The Psalm, though short, is “highly” ambitious: it calls all people to worship God. The melting snow, or dew, flowed down into the valley. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Psalms 133 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. The pleasantness of this is likened to the holy anointing oil. 4NIB, 1214. Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Life is no longer scarce but abundant, no longer rationed but spilling over like an endless fountain. All Rights Reserved. In Leviticus 8, are recorded God's instructions to Moses for the anointing of Aaron the High Priest, who, by virtue of his office, is an Old Testament type of the Lord Jesus Christ. 5Paul J. Achtemeier, ed. "Like the dew of Hermon that cometh down upon the mountains of Zion" (Psalms 133:3). One literally “goes up” to Jerusalem. Those lesser priests, the sons of Aaron, are Old Testament types of Christians; and the great spiritual impact of these facts is that, "Although Christ was endowed with the unlimited possession of the Holy Spirit, Christians receive only a token gift.". "There Jehovah commanded the blessing" (Psalms 133:3). Psalm 133 is a Song of Ascents–a song for going up to a high place. The dew ‘descends’ from on high, from the Lord, upon those who value and practice the ‘unity of the brethren.’ What a pleasant picture this psalm paints of the quiet joy of brothers and sisters in Christ dwelling together in unity. Dahood adopted this view, stating that, "The mention of `life forevermore' at the end of the verse suggests some allusion to immortality in `the dew of Hermon. Let’s read it in its entirety. Significantly, the anointing oil was poured upon the head of Aaron; and all of the scholarly disagreement about whether it ran down to his collar or the hem of his skirt is pointless. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 1. And if "the dew of Hermon" has descended upon "the mountains of Zion", long after the sun has risen shall gladsome fruit appear--in some twenty, in some thirty, and in some a hundred fold. Standing on this high place, we become one in faith, hope and love. There was an exceedingly important reason for this most generous pouring of oil on Aaron's head. "What is referred to here is a covenant nation of `brothers' worshipping together in Jerusalem. Psalms 133:1-3 says, “A Song of degrees of David. God commands them. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! And people suffer scarcity in everything from food and housing, to justice and love. "Like the precious oil on the head ... of Aaron ... that ran down on his beard ... and skirt of his garments" (Psalms 133:2). Easter is like the dew of Mount Hermon, flowing with abundant life. If a person says they believe in Jesus and God but refuse to believe in the Holy Ghost can they truly be believers? A generous host would provide oil to a guest for anointing before a meal (Luke 7:44-46)3. Harper Collins Bible Dictionary (HarperSanFrancisco, 1996), 416. The mention of Aaron, the high priest here also has another significance, pointed out by Rawlinson. - Order my steps in thy Word; perhaps rather, establish my steps by thy Word (comp. "He bore on his breastplate the names of the twelve tribes; so when the anointing oil was poured on his head, it ran down over all the tribes of Israel, stressing their oneness and unity."[7]. "Some conjecture that David penned this psalm upon the occasion of the union of all the Twelve Tribes when they met unanimously to make him king."[3]. Looking back from the high point of Easter, Christians recall a woman who anointed Jesus for his burial and how the women brought spices to the tomb. It cools the scorching heat of men's passions, as the dews cool the air and refresh the earth. As far as we know, referring to the Grand Lodges, the Bible is open in the Book of the Psalms, and the psalm number 133, which specifically points out the excellence of the fraternal love, is the one that is read. As we read the book of Genesis in chapter 1, before the creation, we read that water already existed. Keep in mind that the Lord LOVES the unity of His people, but HATES discord being sown among His people. The Jewish people sang Psalm 133 to express their joy in coming together for worship at the Temple, where God promised to meet them. And it proclaims oneness in faith. All rights reserved. The Jewish people sang Psalm 133 to express their joy in coming together for worship at the Temple, where God promised to meet them. We are exhorted to KEEP that unity that He creates. An apostle has made it clear enough. We thought that love was reserved for a chosen few, with never enough to go around. Where these are present, one finds a little breath of heaven on earth. A Song of Ascents. Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. God’s generosity calls people to worship. Just as the blessings of God in the Old Dispensation were promised only to those who worshipped God in that city, the same truth prevails today in the fact that God's promises are limited to those in "one place." “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have come to believe,” Jesus tells Thomas in John 20:29. It begins at one very particular summit and cascades downward from there. when kindred live together in unity! VI (Nashville: Abingdon, 1996), 1214. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Believers that live in love and peace, shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall shortly be with him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace. “How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity” (verse 1). We cannot say too much, it were well if enough could be said, to persuade people to live together in peace. Psalm 40:2). In this light there is no excuse whatever for denying David as the author here. “All priests have the oil of Aaron on their head,” writes biblical scholar James Limburg. It is good for us, for our honour and comfort; and brings constant delight to those who live in unity.