Drink Offering

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Hi J____,

Thank you for your questions. That series of studies had only to do the the offerings given Moses in Lev 1-5 which do not deal with the drink offering, the leprosy offering or the offering of the scapegoat or the red heifer with the water of separation for a person who touches a dead body.

There are several sacrifices which are not covered in that series which was based solely on the sacrifices of Lev 1-5.

If the Lord wills, I will get to them all eventually.

Since you ask about the drink offering, I will point out that it is first mentioned in Genesis, where Jacob had earlier dreamed of a ladder extending to heaven, and had erected a stone and called the place ‘Bethel’ or ‘house of God’. Later, after he returned to Canaan, he poured a drink offering along with olive oil over that stone.

Gen 35:14 And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.

The next time this phrase ‘drink offering’ occurs is in:

Exo 29:38 Now this is that which thou shalt offer upon the altar; two lambs of the first year day by day continually.
Exo 29:39 The one lamb thou shalt offer in the morning; and the other lamb thou shalt offer at even:
Exo 29:40 And with the one lamb a tenth deal of flour mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of an hin of wine for a drink offering.

The drink offering was of wine, and was fulfilled in Christ as all the offerings are. But when I say ‘Christ’ I mean God’s anointed, as well as Christ’s anointed. The Father anointed Christ and sent Him forth to save this world. Hence the word ‘Christ’.

khris- tos’
From G5548; anointed, that is, the Messiah, an epithet of Jesus: – Christ.

In turn, Christ has anointed His elect to do exactly the same thing:

Joh 20:21  Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

What did Christ’s Father send Him to accomplish?

Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

To accomplish this commission given Him of His Father, Christ had to pour out His blood, and that is the spiritual significance of the drink offering of wine.

When the mother of James and John asked if her two sons could sit on His right hand and on His left, here is what Christ told them:

Mat 20:20 Then came to him the mother of Zebedee’s children with her sons, worshipping him, and desiring a certain thing of him.
Mat 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom.
Mat 20:22 But Jesus answered and said, Ye know not what ye ask. Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of, and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with? They say unto him, We are able.
Mat 20:23 And he saith unto them, Ye shall drink indeed of my cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with: but to sit on my right hand, and on my left, is not mine to give, but it shall be given to them for whom it is prepared of my Father.

At His last supper with His apostles Christ insisted that all His disciples drink of His cup:

Mat 26:27  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;

Christ was not as concerned with draining the entire cup as He was with making sure that all His disciples drink of His cup as a type and shadow of what all His disciples of all time must do.

Then in the very next verse He explains the spiritual significance of the drink offering of wine, of which you ask:

Mat 26:28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
Mat 26:29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.

In drinking the drink offering and in pouring a drink offering out to God, we are acknowledging that Christ had died for each of us, and that we are therefore complicit in His death. That is why Christ told Peter that same evening that he would deny Him three time before the cock would crow twice. Peter, like all of us, thought he would never do such a thing. Maybe Judas would, but never Peter. Both Judas and Peter are types of us as those for whom, and at whose hands, our Lord shed His “blood of the New Testament”. Unless and until we are humbled and are brought to see our part in our Savior’s death, we will remain in our own self-righteous darkness and not understand the spiritual significance of the drink offering.

I hope all these verses help you to see that all the offerings, including the drink offering, are one offering – Christ and His Christ – through whom God has seen fit to save this world.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:
Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.
Rom 11:32 For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.
Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Col 1:24 Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and filling up again the deficiencies of the afflictions of the Christ in my flesh for his body, which is the assembly; (ABP)

Mat 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Joh 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

1Jn 4:17 Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.

Your brother in that Christ,


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