Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jesus' Life was Poured Out Like a Drink Offering

Part of the offerings God instructed the Israelites to giving during their worship and sacrifices was the drink offering. One of the first mentions of the drink offering that was to be poured out before the LORD is in Exodus 29:38-41:

"Now this is what you shall offer on the altar: two lambs a year old day by day regularly. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other lamb you shall offer at twilight. And with the first lamb a tenth measure 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. The other lamb you shall offer at twilight, and shall offer with it a grain offering and its drink offering, as in the morning, for a pleasing aroma, a food offering to the Lord" (ESV).

A drink offering that is poured out is gone forever. It cannot be recovered. It is a sacrifice, an offering to the LORD.

Jesus' life was poured out like a drink offering to pay for the sins of everyone who will accept it. (Tweet that!) During the Last Supper, Jesus said:

"This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins" (Matthew 26:28, NIV 1984).

Yesterday as we looked at how Jesus was numbered among the transgressors, we looked at Isaiah 53:12. Take another look at this verse and notice how it predicts his life is “poured out,” as if a drink offering:

"Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors" (Isaiah 53:12).

We looked at Psalm 22 on Day 21, "He was Crucified." Take another look at verse 14:

"I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint. My heart has turned to wax; it has melted away within me," (Psalm 22:14).

Jesus' life was "poured out" for you and for me. He is the sin offering for us, to make atonement for us. He is our Scapegoat and the LORD’s goat. And he became our drink offering, poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. (Tweet that!)

Have you accepted Jesus’ offering, his payment on your behalf for your sins? If not, do so today.

*A hin is about 1 quart or 1 liter.

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