18th December 2003, hej
This Article: (2 Pages)
- 1. Psalm 133 is poetry
- 2. Meaning of Psalm 133
2) Meaning of Psalm 133
To those who have read Phanerosis by John Thomas, the idea of a the blessing of eternal life being in people unified in Deity, immediately makes sense. Yahweh, the Name, means ‘He who will be’ or He who will show His character in his servants (John 17:21). So in the psalm the idea of ‘brethren also-together’ is related to the meaning of the Name. The psalm, therefore, says that the blessing ordained (or planned) in the ‘He-who-will-be’ is the ‘good’, worthy of praise, of the brethren ‘also-together’.
The similes in lines 2-4 above are thoughts relating to the ‘good’ that is worthy of praise. This ‘good’ is like three things:
the oil that anoints
the beard of Aaron
and the dew of Hermon that is to come down on Zion.
We have someone being anointed,
a priest in robes and dew on Mt Zion,
the dew Hermon coming down at Jerusalem.
The third picture is puzzling. Consider this: How can the dew of Mt Hermon literally come down some 160km south at Jerusalem? One solution that is possible is that ‘Hermon’ is not Mount Hermon. A reference in Deuternomy 4:48, that David would have known well, calls Mt Zion ‘Hermon’. Another solution is that ‘Hermon’ means ‘abrupt’.
It should be pointed out, however, that focusing on the meaning of Hermon misses the point of the simile. Have a look at the repetition in lines 2, 3 and 4. We see that in all cases something is ‘coming down’. The Hebrew word ‘yored’, used three times, means ‘go down, come down, descend or drop’. The focus is on the action. We miss the point if we focus on the characteristics of the oil and the dew. The ‘good’ blessing is not like the oil or the dew at all! In fact the word ‘oil’ is not used at all! Instead it is like something refreshing that comes down. Psalm 72 explains this idea in verse six where the blessing of right judgement is described as being like rain coming down on mown grass.
Here what good and what pleasant praise brethren as-one
Just AS the-good on the head comes down the beard-
Aaron’s beard -that comes down on facing of Robe
AS Zion’sdew that comes down on mountains Zion
For there ordained He-who-will-be the blessing of life forever
Where was the good blessing of life-forever ordained? Yes, it is to be on the Mountains of Zion. And it will be the saints like dew coming down. It will be in the spirit coming down anointing the king-priest. But all this is located where? Surely, if we are becoming brethren-as-one, it is ‘Here’!
From this analysis it is evident this psalm is not so much about here and now, but is about the blessing in the future of life eternal. This blessing will come down on the brethren when they become as one body.
This blessing will be complete in the future at the coming down of Yeshua, the ‘head’.
For more Psalm 149 and Messiah's return
Therefore judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifest the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have praise of God. (1 Corinthians 4:5)
This may be one of the most misunderstood passages of the Bible. Paul is notorious for long sentences of connected thoughts, and this is part of a complex wide ranging thought which lasts 2 chapters, and includes what seems opposite advice:
But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. (1 Cor. 5:11-13)
As I was thinking to write this article, having just read Psalm 46 as I do each year on that day, on January 25th a Bible was found untouched after a tornado hit Hattiesburg, Mississippi.
We have been given many time periods to prophetic events in the Bible. Many people think it too hard, and do not make an effort to understand them. However, if they were not to be understood, why were they given? And the Bible says the wise shall understand (Daniel 12:10).
In the light of the findings of science, how literally do we take what the scriptures say about the power of the God of the Bible, Yahweh Elohim (literally He who will become Mighty Ones)? Science at its best is a measurement of observable and repeatable phenomenon wrapped up in explanations which abound in analogy. There is no doubt in the benefit of investigating phenomena of the natural world. The surprising thing is that the more we investigate natural phenomena, the more it fits the explanations recorded over 2000 years ago.
The God of Israel is approachable and reasonable. He often speaks directly to his people. The following will seek to understand a passage where he speaks via the prophet Amos which has a few variant translations.