Thursday

Laboring on the All-inclusive Christ
Typified by the Good Land
for the Building Up of the Church
as the Body of Christ,
for the Reality and the Manifestation
of the Kingdom, and for the Bride
to Make Herself Ready for the Lord’s Coming–Week 5

A Land of Vines

Related Verses
Exo. 29:40-41
40 And with the one lamb a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of beaten oil, and a fourth of a hin of wine for a drink offering.
41 And the other lamb you shall offer at twilight; you shall offer it with the meal offering and its drink offering as in the morning, for a satisfying fragrance, an offering by fire to Jehovah.

Phil. 2:17
17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice, and I rejoice together with you all.

Num. 15:1-10 (4-10)
1 Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
2 Speak to the children of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that you are to inhabit, which I am giving you,
3 And you make an offering by fire to Jehovah, a burnt offering or a sacrifice, to make a special vow or as a freewill offering or at your appointed feasts, to make a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah, from the herd or from the flock,
4 The one who presents his offering shall present to Jehovah a meal offering of a tenth of an ephah of fine flour mingled with a fourth of a hin of oil.
5 And you shall prepare wine for the drink offering, a fourth of a hin, with the burnt offering or for the sacrifice, for each lamb.
6 Or for a ram you shall prepare as a meal offering two-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mingled with a third of a hin of oil;
7 And for the drink offering you shall present a third of a hin of wine, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah.
8 And when you prepare a herd animal for a burnt offering or for a sacrifice, to make a special vow or for peace offerings to Jehovah,
9 Then you shall offer with the herd animal a meal offering of three-tenths of an ephah of fine flour mingled with half a hin of oil;
10 And you shall present for the drink offering half a hin of wine, an offering by fire, a satisfying fragrance to Jehovah.

Related Reading
According to the Bible, God drinks. I have even been considering the need for a tract entitled “God Drinks.” Exodus 29:40 and 41 mention the drink offering. This drink offering was not for the priests. Rather, it was altogether for God. Thus, because the drink offering was poured out for God, we can rightly say that God drinks…According to Exodus 29, we should not only serve God with food, but we should also give Him something to drink. We need to pour out the drink offering for Him to drink. Eventually, we should serve Him with both food and the wine of the drink offering. (Life-study of Exodus, p. 1527)

The wine of the drink offering was for God’s satisfaction; it was poured out to God for Him to drink…The drink offering typifies Christ as the One poured out as real wine before God for His satisfaction. Christ poured out His very being unto God. Isaiah 53:12 says, He “poured out His life unto death.” Thus, Christ is the heavenly, spiritual wine poured out to God for His pleasure. Furthermore, the drink offering typifies not only Christ Himself but also the Christ who saturates us with Himself as heavenly wine until He and we become one to be poured out for God’s enjoyment and satisfaction.

Hebrews 10:1-12 indicates that Christ is the fulfillment of all the offerings. He came to do the will of God (vv. 7, 9), that is, to replace the sacrifices and offerings, which were types, with Himself in His humanity as the unique sacrifice and offering for the sanctification of God’s chosen people. As this unique offering, Christ is the reality of the burnt offering, meal offering, peace offering, sin offering, trespass offering, wave offering, heave offering, and drink offering. In His death Christ offered Himself to God as the offering that fulfills all the types of the offerings. (The Conclusion of the New Testament, p. 462)

Since everything Paul covers in the book of Philippians is related to the experience of Christ, this must also be true of the drink offering referred to in 2:17. If our experience of Christ has not come to the point where we have been constituted as a drink offering, we have not yet experienced Christ to the uttermost. When we experience Christ to an exceedingly high degree, we will become a drink offering.

The drink offering was additional to the basic offerings revealed in Leviticus 1 through 7 (Num. 15:1-10; 28:7-10). The basic offerings are types of various aspects of Christ. The drink offering is a type of Christ as enjoyed by the offerer, an offering that fills him with Christ as the heavenly wine and even causes him to become wine to God. The apostle Paul became such a drink offering by so enjoying Christ that he could be poured out by the shedding of his blood upon the believers’ faith as a sacrifice to God.

If we read Numbers 15:1-10 and 28:7-10, we will see that the drink offering was something additional [to the basic offerings]. If one of the basic offerings was offered without the drink offering, this was an indication that there was something lacking with the presentation of the basic offering…The offerer [cannot] be…a drink offering according to his own natural constitution. Rather, he must enjoy Christ to such an extent that Christ fills him, saturates him, and permeates him. Christ is the heavenly wine for our enjoyment. When we enjoy Him by taking Him into us, we will become filled with Him and thoroughly saturated with Him. In this way we will become the wine to be poured out as a drink offering upon the offerings we present to God. (Life-study of Philippians, second edition, pp. 113-114)

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