• Oil on the Beard
May 23rd, 2014

Unity, Leadership and Anointing

There is a special connection between unity among leadership and the anointing of the Holy Spirit. I am involved in several leadership groups, such as our Revive Israel team, Ahavat Yeshua congregation in Jerusalem, Tiferet Yeshua congregation in Tel Aviv, and the Messianic Jewish Alliance of Israel. My longest standing relationships are with the Tikkun International senior team (Dan Juster, Eitan Shishkoff, David Rudolph, Paul Wilbur). In all these groups, we seek to build through teamwork, while seeking the Lord in prayer and worship.

In Acts 1, we find Yeshua’s disciples praying together in one heart under the leadership of the apostles. As a result, the fire of the Holy Spirit was poured out in Acts 2. This unified prayer demanded extraordinary investment in covenantal relationships between them “horizontally,” as well as devotional purity towards God “vertically.”

Psalm 133:1-3
Behold how good and pleasant for brothers to dwell in unity. It is like the good oil on the head coming down on the beard, the beard of Aharon, coming down on his garments, like the dew of Hermon, coming down on the mountains of Zion. For there YHVH commanded the blessing, life forevermore.

The Hebrew word for “beard” – zakan – is from the same root as that for “elder” – zaken. The anointing of the Holy Spirit flows down from Yeshua our High Priest through the leadership like oil. This classic Davidic psalm may have a current day – end times application. If unity among leadership and the anointing of the Holy Spirit can be restored here in “Zion,” then a huge blessing of revival and resurrection life may be released to the whole world (Romans 11:12-17).

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