||Bible Question: What
is the meaning of Psalm 133:2 when it says, " . . . the precious
oil . . . coming down upon . . . Aarons beard, coming down upon
the edge of his robes."
Bible Answer: Psalm
133:2 illustrates the proceeding verse, Ps. 33:1. Here are both verses
how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together
in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming
down upon the beard, even Aarons beard, Coming down upon
the edge of his robes. (NASB) Ps. 133:1-2
precious oil is being used as an illustration of "brothers dwelling
together in unity." Most of us will ask how does that make sense?
The answer is found in Exodus 30:22-33. Here is a portion of that
also for yourself the finest of spices: of flowing myrrh five
hundred shekels, and of fragrant cinnamon half as much, two
hundred and fifty, and of fragrant cane two hundred and fifty,
and of cassia five hundred, according to the shekel of the sanctuary,
and of olive oil a hin. And you shall make of these a holy anointing
oil, a perfume mixture, the work of a perfumer; it shall be
a holy anointing oil . . . And you shall anoint Aaron
and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may minister as
priests to Me. (NASB) Ex. 30:23-25, 30
oil used to anoint Aaron was holy anointing oil.
The holy anointing oil was a mixture
of four spices in oil. The spices were myrrh, cinnamon, cane, and
cassia. The spices were mixed together in olive oil. They were different
spices mixed together to make a wonderful fragrance - a holy oil.
What a picture of unity. It is a picture of very different people,
yet people who are united.
these spices were mixed with oil, the oil became holy oil. It was
not the oil that was holy but the mixture. By themselves the spices
could not make a holy oil. God did not ask for three measurements
of myrrh, but required four different spices. God could have used
just one spice, but He did not do that. It is a great reminder for
us that we need each other to provoke one another to love and good
deeds (Heb. 10:24). The body of Jesus Christ is made up of all types
do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom
of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters,
nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves,
nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers,
shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you;
but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified
in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our
God. (NASB) 1 Cor. 6:9-11
has put murderers with those who hate, thieves with those who lie,
homosexuals with those who lust, one race with another race, parents
with children, wealthy with the poor, and the lazy with the diligent.
He has mixed different spices together and called it the body of Jesus
Christ - the church - Christians! He calls us to live in harmony and
unity. We are family!