Reading: “The precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard, that went down to the skirts of his garments.”Psalm 133:2

Notice here the anointing of the Jewish high priest, pointing to the anointing of Him who is a Priest forever. While looking at Aaron here we can say, as the Lord Jesus did on another occasion concerning Solomon, “A greater than Aaron is here.” It is sweet and very profitable, to behold the old church shadowing the new and the law ministering to the gospel.

We see here in Aaron, and in the precious ointment poured on his head, and running down to the skirts of his garments, the beautiful representation of that fullness of the Spirit, which was poured out upon Jesus without measure. From Christ then the communication flows down to the poorest, the humblest, the lowest of His members, even to the very skirts of His clothing. “It pleased the Father that in thee should all fullness dwell” that of His fullness all His people might receive grace.

Was Jesus indeed anointed for His people? Was grace poured into His lips? Was He, like Aaron, so installed into the office of the priesthood, and the Holy Spirit so unmeasurably communicated to Him, on purpose that all His little ones should partake of this unspeakable gift of God? Did God the Father say to Jesus, “I will pour my Spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring?” Well then, Christian, you have the Holy Spirit. You are a child of God, a joint-heir with Christ.

Behold Jesus, your High Priest, wearing the priestly vestments still, and having all grace, all fullness, waiting to be gracious and to impart of that fullness to your necessities, and having received gifts for men, yea, for you, Christian. Lord, proportion Your mercies to my wants, and as the day is, so let the strength be.


Taken from The Poor Man’s Evening and Morning Portions by Rev. Robert Hawker, Works, Vol. 8; 1830. Edited by Aaron Dunlop for thinkgospel.com ©2014.