Genesis 35:14… “And he poured a drink offering” (KJV).
“I give myself to Thee as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God” (“I Give Myself to Thee”). We sing and say words like this, yet most Christians do not know how to give themselves to the Lord. I would like to draw your attention to an area of truth vital for the Christian today, the pouring forth of your life as a drink offering unto the Lord (Philippians 2:17).
Romans 12:1… The Christian is to present his body a living sacrifice. Most Christians do not object to this; however, the joy of that presentation is missing. In our text, Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, and he built an altar of worship and poured a drink offering on it. Numbers 15:1-10 tells us that the drink offering was a wine offering poured out with the major sacrifices. Wine, a representation of joy, was mixed with all sacrifices. The Christian’s emotions are a vital part of worship. Joel 1:9-16 tells us that the drink offering was cut off from the house of the Lord and joy and gladness were gone (vv. 13,16). So, basically the drink offering is a joy offering. When the wine was poured, it was a signal for the priests and Levites to begin their song of praise to the Lord.
Using the Apostle Paul as our example, we see that we can pour ourselves out as a drink offering before the Lord. Paul, in Philippians 2:17, refers to himself as a drink offering: “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all” (KJV). There are at least seven aspects to the drink offering.
1) A drink offering is an offering of humility. All through Paul’s writings, we see the emotional response of humility that he taught and practiced. Ego, pride, and haughtiness have no place before the Lord.
2) A drink offering is an offering of devotion. Paul’s devotion and consecration is clearly visible. He gave himself wholly unto the Lord.
3) A drink offering was an offering made by fire. Fire speaks of tests, trials, and afflictions. Paul discusses some of his “fire” experiences in 2 Corinthians 11:23-30. Yet, none of these things depressed him, but rather joy and rejoicing filled his heart.
4) A drink offering is a fragrance offering. Its savor is pleasing unto the Lord, just as the Christian’s life is to please the Lord. Paul’s desire was that he might be “acceptable to God.” Do you care enough to have an attitude of joy as a wine offering, holy and acceptable?
5) A drink offering is a measured offering. It was increased according to the value of the sacrifice. Some things need more joy than others. Paul, in Galatians 2:20, talks about the life he now lives. His life was crucified with Christ. In Numbers 15:5, the wine offering was used with the burnt offering. As you identify with Jesus and His work on the cross, your joy also increases.
6) A drink offering included a measure of oil. Oil represents the anointing and the Holy Spirit. The Spirit must be involved in the giving of ourselves as a drink offering unto the Lord. Paul talks of the supply of the Spirit (Philippians 1:19) and worshipping God by the Spirit (Philippians 3:3). Much of our joy is merely carnal; there is no oil in it.
7) A drink offering is an offering of joy. Numbers 15:5-7… Wine is symbolic of joy. Psalm 43:3-4 tells us that God is our “exceeding joy.” Paul gloried in Jesus (Galatians 6:14). Joy is an essential part of our sacrifices in worship.
We must give ourselves to Him as a drink offering, a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to Him. Worship must be a joy within us. The Word, the house of the Lord, and everything relating to Jesus must be a joy within us. Pour yourself out as a drink offering before the Lord. Give yourself as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God.
Pastor George Belobaba
Copyright © 2013 by Scripture Nuggets Ministries
All rights reserved