“How very good and pleasant it is when kindred live together in unity!
It is like the precious oil on the head, running down upon the beard, on the beard of Aaron,
running down over the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon, which falls on the mountains of Zion.
For there the Lord ordained his blessing, life forevermore.”
As a companion piece to the scripture passage from Acts, this works very well. And after my “vent” yesterday about how modern Christianity falls short of the Early Christian church, I want to emphasis that this goodness and pleasantness is exactly what I hope all Christians all over the globe can feel towards one another. But it is not always so.
I am well acquainted, and I am sure you are too beloved reader, with the metaphor of precious oil running down the face. It is an image of great abundance and firm resources, of well-being and contentment. In the past I have spoken about this psalm when it has been the passage for the day.
I am less acquainted with verse three. Hermon, or Mount Hermon is a mountain cluster in the Anti-Lebanon mountain range. The summit of the mount straddles the border between Syria and Lebanon and 9,232 ft above sea level, is the highest point in Syria. Furthermore, geographically it is the source of the Jordan river, and clouds from the mount drift down and provide moisture to the lands around it. This is the “dew” that falls on the mountains of Zion, and one commentator said that it refreshes and renews the land and its inhabitants. At least, that is the biblical imagery. Syria and Lebanon, in modern day, are areas of conflict and unrest. I do not think the cooling dews of the mountains are enough. But would that goodness, pleasantness, and unity would be there.
We, beloved reader, can do much to bring calm and contentment to our world. Our small actions can inspire other actions, and if we chose compassion and peace we can be a part of spreading that to all parts of the globe, and to all people. May you, in the days that follow Easter, follow the example of compassion and caring that was set before us; and may you feel God’s blessing. Selah!