Date: September 29, 2019
Bible Text: | Pastor Stephan Bauer
Psalm 133 A song of ascents. Of David. 1How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity! 2It is like precious oil poured on the head, running down on the beard, running down on Aaron’s beard, down upon the collar of his robe. 3It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows his blessing, even life for evermore.
I. The Unity of Believers is a Fragrant, God-Given Blessing (Psa. 133:1-3a).
A. The unity of believers is a good duty and pleasant delight (vs. 1).
Exodus 30:22-32 – 22Then the LORD Said to Moses, 23“Take the following fine spices: 500 shekels of liquid myrrh, half as much (that is, 250 shekels) of fragrant cinnamon, 250 shekels of fragrant cane, 24500 shekels of cassia – all according to the sanctuary shekel – and a hin of olive oil. 25Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. 26Then use it to anoint the Tent of Meeting, the ark of the Testimony, 27the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, 28the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. 29You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.
30“Anoint Aaron and his sons and consecrate them so they may serve me as priests. 31Say to the Israelites, ‘This is to be my sacred anointing oil for the generations to come. 32Do not pour it on men’s bodies and do not make any other oil using the same formula. It is sacred, and you are to consider it sacred.’”
Luke 4:18-19 - 18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
B. Unity is an excessively fragrant anointing oil poured out like the Spirit upon God’s people (vs. 2).
C. Unity is like dew alluding to a life-giving reconciliation between God and His people (vs. 2a).
II. Eternal Life is the Covenant Blessing when God Reconciled His People to Himself through Jesus (Psa. 133:3b).
Eph 2:13-22 - 13But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ. 14For he himself is our peace, who has made the two one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, 15by abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace, 16and in this one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. 17He came and preached peace to you who were far away and peace to those who were near. 18For through him we both have access to the Father by one Spirit. 19Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God’s people and members of God’s household, 20built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. A. The church is the assembly of people called out of the world to be God’s own.
Gen. 28:3 - May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and increase your numbers until you become a community of peoples. Acts 7:38 - the people of Israel “the assembly in the wilderness”
Acts 2:42 - They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. B. Believers coming together in love, faith, and encouragement is the essence of fellowship.
Eph. 4:3 - Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
Deut. 6:4 - Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one.
C. Unity is the Spirit-produced oneness among believers which comes from our sharing the likeness of Jesus’ nature.
John 17:20-21 - 20“My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, 21that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” Questions for further study and review: 1. Recall a time you felt an overwhelming blessing and understood the privilege of meeting together with other believers after a time of separation. What happened? How did you feel afterward? 2. Read Psalm 133. Re-read vs. 2. How is unity like the fragrant anointing oil described in Exodus 30:22-32? Read Luke 4:18-19. Do you agree with point IB? Why or why not? 3. Read Psalm 133:2a. How is unity like this picture? What is Mount Zion’s importance in the Old Testament? in the New Testament? Do you agree with point IC? Why or why not? What did Jesus accomplish upon Mount Zion (read Eph. 2:13-22)? Does this enter into this Psalm 133? 4. Read and discuss points IIAB&C along with the associated Scripture. Do you agree with these? Why or why not? 5. Reflect and answer the question: What one thing can I do this week to make my unity with other believers become more fragrant and life-giving to them?
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