April 6 (Lent, Day 36): When Brothers Dwell in Unity

April 6 (Lent, Day 36): When Brothers Dwell in Unity

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Chris Rowekamp

“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!”
—Psalm 133:1-2 ESV


This psalm compares unity among family members to the oil used to anoint Aaron, the first high priest of Israel.

That oil was used to mark Aaron as “holy”: set apart for special service to God.

It was also the same oil used to anoint the tabernacle and its utensils for worship.

By itself, the anointing oil had no power. There was nothing magical about it.

Its only power was found in this: it was used to invite God’s presence into a person or place.

In the same way, when different members of God’s family live in unity, we are preparing the way for God’s presence to dwell among us.

As Jesus assured his listeners in Matthew 18:20 (NIV), “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Inhale: For your family, God,
Exhale: I pray for unity.

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