The Blessings of Wisdom. I will tell you what it does not mean. We can be united because we are not trying to grab each other's job. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion. John 7:37-39 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. Why? It is the proper form by which the high priest is appointed and anointed by oil. Blessings would rain down from God, and His work would be done. Paul highlighted four factions in the Corinthian church. "How right it is for God's people to be one.". The apostle Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 1:10-12, “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. This is in fact the ultimate plan of God – to be with his people forever, and when that happens it will be in glorious unity because we will all see with perfect vision just how great the Lord is.
This first verse expresses that goal, that hope, that prayer that I talked about earlier. Not only are we blessed because we get to live forever, the quality or the kind of life we live is the best life possible. I am sure you all recognize it.
Certain modern scholars say that they think these psalms are called "The Songs of Ascents" because the ideas expressed in them ascend from one to another throughout the fifteen so that the first one has a thought right near the end of it, that the second one picks it up and takes it to the next level, and that at the end of that one, the third one picks up the final thought and takes that up to the next level, and there is a consistent movement from one thought to the next to a more higher plane. One of the great ironies I mentioned to the elders yesterday (at the ministerial conference) is that even though the word "unity" is here in our English translation, the word "unity" really does not appear in this song. All the riches of His nature and His power and knowledge have been given to us. All Videos PDFs. We have had the anointing of the Holy Spirit. It comes from a higher place, and it goes down to a lower place. And boy! Sermon on the Mount Christian Art. If we do not start walking that walk, we will never prove it, and we will never be unified. In humility, gentleness, patience, love, and unity, Let us go to Psalm 133, just three short verses. Are there scripture passages that you use as a mantra to remind you or encourage you to live faithfully?
It was that sweet savor in a way in the sense of an oil, and it was only used for this, and that unique, very pleasant odor was reserved only for this one occasion—the anointing of the high priest.
You cut out a cow from the herd, or you cut out a piece of material from the totality of it. . A beautiful picture! Disunity hasn’t just been around in the world lately. That is the Jews' version. It was another holy mountain, and it looks another holy mountain too. There were fifteen steps that went from one court to the next one, and that the Levites would stand on these steps on the evening of the first day of the Feast of Tabernacles, and they would play their instruments, and they would sing these fifteen songs. So without these virtues, even with God deluging us with oil and with water (the dew), we will not have unity. It is like salvation. 16 selected sermon illustrations, 5 children's sermons, and 3 service outlines based on Psalm 133 and about Psalms As I mentioned, Hermon is the highest point around in the far north of Palestine. In John 7:37-39 is where Jesus said that living waters will flow out of a person's belly. If they are doing theirs well, and you are doing yours well, then the whole body moves forward. Is that not what we want? "How fitting it is!" And it is the only kind of life that can break down the walls of disunity that exist in our world due to the presence of the sinful nature that we were born with. If they did, maybe it would run down to his skirt, down to the bottom hem. How good a thing it is when all of God’s people live together in unity. . That is a setting apart for the special purpose of God reaching into that person's life and working a miracle, so that God can be glorified through that person. God can do it, and God will do it—in His own time—but I think He is waiting for some indication from us that we want to be unified, and that we are willing to work for it under His terms—not our terms, but under His. What would happen if we were to be united in Jesus? Today it is a hot day. He did not do this because he was slack. For it has been declared to me concerning you, my brethren, by those of Chloe's household, that there are contentions among you. In the Levitical ritual it was in the person of the high priest that at-one-ment was made with the people on the Day of Atonement. Word of Life, eternal life, make our joy complete with the God of light, in whom there is no darkness at all.
This happens even in the people of God. Wednesday Bible Study – 7:00 pm (email for details).
No one comes to the Father except through me.”. The brethren who are thus joined together receive the benefits of the goodness and pleasantness the unity produces. Most people take it that the word translated in the New King James as "edge," and translated in the old King James as "skirts," means the collar. Neil C. Stewart | Psalms of Ascent. You do not come short in any gift. Even so, we have to work on ourselves to be one with God. Christ brought salvation for all people. Most of you are aware that Mrs. (Loma D.) Herbert Armstrong's favorite psalm in all the Bible was Psalm 133. It covers the whole land. If we were going to make Palestine into a body, this is another "head to toe"—all the way from Hermon, all the way down into Zion. Hermon means holy.
Heavenly Father, forgiver of our every sin, help us look to Jesus Christ, your beloved Son, as our advocate and redeemer, not only for ourselves, but for your whole world. It is a majestic mountain like you would picture on a postcard to show the wonders of the land, and it is a fitting place to represent God. Is Christ divided? 805-498-4502. Why We Fight and How To Stop 2. Those bad things (anger, pride, etc.) In the church we have used it many times in ordaining elders, not the anointing with oil, but the act of ordination. It is perpetually snowcapped and is running over 9,000 feet high, to be seen from miles and miles away. If we truly want unity in the church, in the Church of the Great God and in the greater church of God, unity must begin with you and with me till it spreads throughout the entire church, and we are one with God and with each other.
Let us go to I Corinthians 1. Romans 12:11 Not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord. The high priest is the vehicle of that oneness—the unity with God. How?
It’s good to have different ways of thinking. Why is he ultra-exaggerating in verse 2? Join over 150,000 other subscribers. That is why we desire it so much. As an aside, it is also thought by some scholars to be the mount where Christ was transfigured, where His glory was shown to His disciples.
We are that High Priest's body, and we do what the Head says. These types have a deeper connection with the unity of the brethren than simply being "good and pleasant." (I am going to say that a lot because there are a lot of interesting things in these three verses.).