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  1. Psalm 133

  2. Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg was bored!

  3. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg founded thefacebook.com.

  4. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg founded thefacebook.com. • At first, it was only opened to students at Harvard, but it quickly expanded to most universities in the US & Canada.

  5. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg founded thefacebook.com. • At first, it was only opened to students at Harvard, but it quickly expanded to most universities in the US & Canada. • In September 2005, facebook expanded to high schools & to many companies (e.g., Apple & Microsoft).

  6. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg founded thefacebook.com. • At first, it was only opened to students at Harvard, but it quickly expanded to most universities in the US & Canada. • In September 2005, facebook expanded to high schools & to many companies (e.g., Apple & Microsoft). • Beginning in September 2005, anyone over 13 with a valid e-mail account could join facebook.

  7. On February 4, 2004, Zuckerberg founded thefacebook.com. • At first, it was only opened to students at Harvard, but it quickly expanded to most universities in the US & Canada. • In September 2005, facebook expanded to high schools & to many companies (e.g., Apple & Microsoft). • Beginning in September 2005, anyone over 13 with a valid e-mail account could join facebook. • In 2008, the estimated revenues of facebook were $300 million.

  8. Facebook says that its purpose is to help “you connect and share with the people in your life.”

  9. Facebook says that its purpose is to help “you connect and share with the people in your life.” • That is the great thing about facebook. • But, we don’t need facebook to connect with friends.

  10. “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 forevermore” (Ps 133, ESV).

  11. It is Good for Brothers to Connect v 1

  12. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (v 1, ESV).

  13. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (v 1, ESV). • We often read this text & jump immediately to the need for the church to be unified.

  14. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (v 1, ESV). • We often read this text & jump immediately to the need for the church to be unified. • We’ll get there.

  15. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (v 1, ESV). • We often read this text & jump immediately to the need for the church to be unified. • We’ll get there. • But, we first want to examine this passage in its original meaning.

  16. The psalmists doesn’t try to describe what it’s like for brothers to dwell in unity.

  17. The psalmists doesn’t try to describe what it’s like for brothers to dwell in unity. • He simply says, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is.”

  18. The psalmists doesn’t try to describe what it’s like for brothers to dwell in unity. • He simply says, “Behold, how good and pleasant it is.” • It isn’t something one can describe, but it’s something one needs to behold—see—for himself.

  19. Some things are too beautiful to merit description.

  20. The phrase “dwell together” (KJV) occurs twice in Genesis.

  21. The phrase “dwell together” (KJV) occurs twice in Genesis. • "Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents, so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together" (Gn 13:5-6, ESV).

  22. The phrase “dwell together” (KJV) occurs twice in Genesis. • "Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the members of his household, his livestock, all his beasts, and all his property that he had acquired in the land of Canaan. He went into a land away from his brother Jacob. For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together. The land of their sojournings could not support them because of their livestock" (Gn 36:6-7, ESV).

  23. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan.

  24. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • In both of those passages, there is great strife.

  25. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • In both of those passages, there is great strife. • Abram had disobeyed the Lord's instruction to leave his father's house & took Lot with him on his sojourn.

  26. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • In both of those passages, there is great strife. • Abram had disobeyed the Lord's instruction to leave his father's house & took Lot with him on his sojourn. • When their flocks became so large that they could not dwell together, we read: "There was strife between the herdsmen of Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock" (Gn 13:7, ESV).

  27. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • In both of those passages, there is great strife. • The second text deals with Jacob & Esau.

  28. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • In both of those passages, there is great strife. • The second text deals with Jacob & Esau. • You recall that Jacob fled from Esau & was estranged from him for many years before the reunion in Gn 36.

  29. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • Yet, the promise of God was that in Canaan, there would be plenty of goods to support all of his people.

  30. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • Yet, the promise of God was that in Canaan, there would be plenty of goods to support all of his people. • "I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey“ (Ex 3:8, ESV).

  31. The background of this Psalm, therefore, seems to be the idea of the Israelites dwelling peacefully together in Canaan. • Yet, the promise of God was that in Canaan, there would be plenty of goods to support all of his people. • "I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey“ (Ex 3:8, ESV). • Thus, Canaan would be a place where brethren could dwell together in unity.

  32. Two Similes vv 2-3

  33. "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!" (v 2, ESV).

  34. "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!" (v 2, ESV). • This image is foreign to our experience, but it wasn’t to the experience of the Israelites.

  35. "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!" (v 2, ESV). • This image is foreign to our experience, but it wasn’t to the experience of the Israelites. • The oil was quite aromatic: “The LORD said to Moses, ‘Take the finest spices: of liquid myrrh 500 shekels, and of sweet-smelling cinnamon half as much, that is, 250, and 250 of aromatic cane, and 500 of cassia, according to the shekel of the sanctuary, and a hin of olive oil. And you shall make of these a sacred anointing oil blended as by the perfumer; it shall be a holy anointing oil’” (Ex 30:22-25).

  36. "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!" (v 2, ESV). • This image is foreign to our experience, but it wasn’t to the experience of the Israelites. • The oil was quite aromatic: (Ex 30:22-25). • This oil was for the consecration of worship utensils & priests for the service of God: "You shall anoint Aaron and his sons, and consecrate them, that they may serve me as priests. And you shall say to the people of Israel, 'This shall be my holy anointing oil throughout your generations. It shall not be poured on the body of an ordinary person, and you shall make no other like it in composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you'" (Ex 30:30- 32, ESV).

  37. The oil would have filled the senses of the priest.

  38. The oil would have filled the senses of the priest. • Others would have smelled the oil, but none would have smelled it as strongly as he.

  39. The oil would have filled the senses of the priest. • Others would have smelled the oil, but none would have smelled it as strongly as he. • He would also have felt it as it ran down his face, seen it as it dripped in/around his eyes, & perhaps tasted it as it ran into his mouth.

  40. The oil would have filled the senses of the priest. • Others would have smelled the oil, but none would have smelled it as strongly as he. • He would also have felt it as it ran down his face, seen it as it dripped in/around his eyes, & perhaps tasted it as it ran into his mouth. • The priest’s senses would have been greatly filled through this holy experience.

  41. The oil would have been in abundance.

  42. The oil would have been in abundance. • Moses was to pour the oil on Moses’ head (Ex 29:7).

  43. The oil would have been in abundance. • Moses was to pour the oil on Moses’ head (Ex 29:7). • Therefore, its running down Aaron’s beard onto his collar would have suggested plenty.

  44. "It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!" (v 3, ESV).

  45. "It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!" (v 3, ESV). • Hermon is a snow-capped mountain on the northern end of Canaan.

  46. "It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!" (v 3, ESV). • Hermon is a snow-capped mountain on the northern end of Canaan. • The image is likely that the clouds dropping moisture on Hermon take it to Jerusalem.

  47. "It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!" (v 3, ESV). • Hermon is a snow-capped mountain on the northern end of Canaan. • The image is likely that the clouds dropping moisture on Hermon take it to Jerusalem. • Dew is quite important in Jerusalem’s dry season.

  48. "It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion!" (v 3, ESV). • Hermon is a snow-capped mountain on the northern end of Canaan. • The image is likely that the clouds dropping moisture on Hermon take it to Jerusalem. • Dew is quite important in Jerusalem’s dry season. • "So Israel lived in safety, Jacob lived alone, in a land of grain and wine, whose heavens drop down dew" (Deut 33:28, ESV).

  49. The similes suggest that God’s blessings fall on brothers who live in unity.

  50. How does this impact us?