Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fellowship of the Beard

“Behold, 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 Aaron’s beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the LORD commanded the blessing - life forever” (Psalm 133:1-3).

The gathered Church – or, as I like to think of it: the Fellowship of the Beard.

Just joking (sort of).

But notice: it is in the gathering place of the family of God that He commands the blessing of life forever. Eternal life is not commanded outside of the gathered covenant people of God.

Last night in family worship we read through the Ten Commandments. When we got to the command to “honor father and mother” (Exodus 20:12//Deuteronomy 5:16; Ephesians 6:1-3), we discussed the promise attached to it. I read the commandment and asked what the promise was. My eldest daughter answered: “eternal life.” I was surprised. I read, “that your days may be prolonged in the land which the LORD your God gives you,” and she doesn’t focus on the land. She focuses on the life. So did the Psalmist. Gathered together in the most glorious place in the Promised Land (Zion), he focused not on the land, but the blessed life commanded by the Lord of the covenant people.

Dear Church, love the dwelling together in unity. Love it as the beautiful Fellowship of the Beard in the anointing of the High Priest (Aaron was a shadow of the Anointed One, the Christ): “...Jesus...because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently. Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens” (Hebrews 7:24-26). Love the command of the Lord among His covenant people in Christ, the Anointed One - that we live forever in Him.

Love our eternal life together, dearly Beloved Church!

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