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Small Chapter, Big Impact

In 2018 I am reading the Chronological Bible-in-a-Year, and today's reading was the shortest one yet. So short, in fact, when I initially saw the text I felt like I was cheating because it was going to take almost no time and the other days take at least 5 or so minutes of just reading.

(FYI: you can find chronological Bible reading plans online for free and see the Bible come to life in the order it happened!)

The text today was a whopping three verses: Psalm 133

    Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 

    It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 

    It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life evermore.


This very short text though oddly took me a while to digest. Let's look briefly at each verse.

Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! 

It is good and pleasant when Christians live together and are unified. We are unified when we let secondary things be secondary things and the risen Christ is the unequivocal, primary object of our affection.

It is like the precious oil on the head, running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron, running down on the collar of his robes! 
Oil on the head of Aaron is a reference to the priests in the Old Testament, and the act of consecration and ordination. They were set aside uniquely in that day for the purposes of God and it was a visible, external sign of God Almighty at work. So, too, are we who are in Christ called today, as God's chosen people, to be a public display of the singular focus that occurs when we fix our eyes on Christ.

It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life evermore.
Mount Hermon was one of the highest peaks in northern Israel at over 9,000 feet (isn't that adorable?). It is lush and the vegetation in other parts of Israel nearby relied on Mount Hermon getting rain and sending the rain water cascading down.

What a beautiful picture this is of God's people. A people unified and rallying around one man, the Lord Jesus Christ. When we do that and show that, it is refreshing and life-giving to those with whom we come in contact.

I thought about this text for about 20 minutes.

I no longer felt like I was cheating.

See you Sunday!
-Jim