Unity Is Pleasant v. 1 Hebrew for “pleasant” = agreeable Used re: music Psa 81:2 Used re: honey Prov 16:24 Unity is to be as “harmonious” as song and as “sweet” as honey
Unity Is Pleasant v. 1 Think of the division David had known in his lifetime Re: Saul 1 Sam 18:16 David never tried to divide the nation 1 Sam 24:6 26:9 All he ever did was run to protect himself
Unity Is Pleasant v. 1 Think of the division David had known in his lifetime Re: Absalom 2 Sam 15:1-6 Absalom did try to divide the nation… seize it for himself His actions were not honorable
Unity Is Pleasant v. 1 When Israel had unity, how “pleasant” that must have been The Lord does not approve of anyone who tries to further conflict, strife among His people Prov 6:16-19 We need to develop David’s spirit
Unity Is Precious v. 2 As precious as the oil used to anoint the high priest A revealed recipe Ex 30:23 When near, one could have smelled the sweet fragrance of his presence Not offensive, pungent
Unity Is Precious v. 2 The oil flowed down from Aaron’s head to the edge of his robes Idea of completeness, all-consuming Unity is to be this way Inclusive of everyone…even the lowliest among us 1 Cor 12:20-25
Unity Is Precious v. 2 The oil flowed down from Aaron’s head to the edge of his robes Unity is to be this way It shows no respect of persons…willing to embrace everyone Acts10:34-35 1 Cor 1:10-12 Jas 2:1-9
Unity Is Perpetual v. 3 As on-going as the dew of Mt. Hermon Dew needs 2 things (cool air, moisture) Moisture Ù Mediterranean Sea Cool air Ù Mt. Hermon
9,200 feet above sea level Highest mtn. in the area
Top snow covered most of the year Principle source for Jordan River Can be seen far away A little more than 100 miles
Unity Is Perpetual v. 3 As on-going as the dew of Mt. Hermon There is always dew near Mt. Hermon Necessary, given the low rainfall If not for dew, vegetation would die In the north, dew is so heavy the plants are literally drenched each morning
Unity Is Perpetual v. 3 Just as Mt. Hermon’s heavy dew brings refreshment to plant life, unity will refresh God’s people Just as dew descends from above, so will the blessings of unity Jas 3:13-18
Conclusion Unity can’t be worked up with “cheerleader enthusiasm” (shallow) When conditions are right, it comes It is achieved when something is present that unites For us, that “something” = TRUTH
Conclusion Religious people who differ doctrinally have tried to have “unity in diversity” A failed concept Not what Jesus prayed for Jn 17:14-20 Not what can be “kept” or “preserved” Eph 4:3
Conclusion Unity only comes with others who try to do what I do…live righteously before God and obediently to His word Have we achieved such “unity” at this place?
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