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Prayer Letter for January 2020 - Week Three

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Isaiah 62 Prayer Letter - January 22nd, 2020 - Week Three

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments. It is like the dew of Hermon, descending upon the mountains of Zion; For there the Lord commanded the blessing — Life forevermore.” (Psalm 133:1-3)

Dear prayer partners,

The Psalmist tells us that it is both good and pleasant “for brethren to dwell together in unity." (Psalm 133:1). However, the political situation in Israel today is anything but unified as the people have been struggling for more than a year now to elect a new government.

Israeli voters are highly frustrated with the current stalemate and yet most are sticking with their old parties. Meantime, their leaders are clinging to self-centered demands and thereby blocking a compromise which could produce a governing coalition. At the heart of the current impasse is a battle over whether long-serving prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu should stay on as head of the government.

Given how long this is taking and the unprecedented nature of the political deadlock, Israel is undoubtedly locked in a spiritual battle over its future. And they could certainly use our prayers for some “unity” among the brethren.

The Psalmist likens this unity to the precious anointing oil which ran down Aaron’s beard and clothing when he was installed as High Priest. And while this imagery may be appealing, it was actually a very difficult and painful moment for Aaron.

After his brother Moses had received all the Lord’s instructions on the priestly duties, it was now time for Aaron to be set in place as High Priest and begin offering ritual sacrifices to God. Leviticus chapters 8 to 10 describe these events in detail. Aaron put on the special garments, breastplate and turban of his office, and Moses poured the anointing oil over his head. Then he was told to stay outside the tent of meeting for seven days to perform sacrifices to purify himself and his sons for service. At the end, the Lord was pleased and sent holy fire to consume the offerings on the altar, causing the people to shout and fall on their faces (Leviticus 9:24).

But then, Nadab and Abihu, two of Aaron’s sons, offered “strange fire” before the Lord. Bible scholars differ on exactly what this meant, but the Lord was very displeased and slew the two sons of Aaron. Yet Moses insisted to Aaron that the consecration process was not completed, and thus he could not tear his garments or mourn the loss of his sons – “for the anointing oil of the Lord is upon you” (Leviticus 10:7).

So Aaron had to stand, stiff-lipped, outside the tent of meeting with the anointing oil still dripping down his beard and garments, and continue his duties for the sake of the nation. No tears, no grief. It was a very painful moment for Aaron, but as they watched, the fear of the Lord came upon the people and bonded them to the Lord’s chosen leadership. It also further cemented the relationship between Moses as leader and his brother Aaron obediently serving under him as High Priest.

That is what the Psalmist praised as both “good” and “pleasant,” when “brethren dwell together in unity.” At that moment Israel was a nation which feared the Lord and respected His chosen leaders. And those leaders earned that respect due to the personal price they paid in the sight of all the people to serve in leadership.

Israel today could truly use some sort of unmistakable confirmation from heaven over their leaders, so that the people might fear the Lord and respect His choice. And those vying for leadership over Israel should consider that there is a personal price to pay for being a ruler over this chosen nation. May our prayers somehow help them all along that path.

Be blessed in Yeshua!

David Parsons
Vice President & Senior Spokesman
International Christian Embassy Jerusalem

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