25th of the 7th month 2015/2016
Pilipiyim/Philippians 2:17-18 “In fact, even if I am being poured out as a drink offering on the offering and service of your belief, I am glad and rejoice with you all. 18 So you too should be glad and rejoice with me.”
These were the encouraging words of Sha’ul in his letter to the set-apart ones in Messiah that were in Philippi. This letter to the Philippians was possibly one of the best loved of all his letters, as it is an intensely personal letter. He sets down some clear ideas and lessons with some frequent outbursts of unrestrained joy. The main recurring phrase or concept we see coming forth in this letter is that of ‘joy’ and ‘rejoice’. These two words in its Greek verbal and noun forms occur 16 times in this short letter, placing great emphasis on the call to be rejoicing people who are filled with the joy of our Master. What makes this repeated call for true joy and rejoicing in the Master extremely powerful and remarkable is that it came from a prison cell where the threats of death were continually present! While being imprisoned and in chains, Sha’ul makes a clear repeated call to the set-apart ones to rejoice always. We have just enjoyed another feast of Sukkoth, where we are commanded to only be rejoicing, and here we take note of Sha’ul’s words from prison that states even if he was being poured out as a drink offering in the service of their belief then he was glad and rejoices with them all, with the call to be glad and rejoice with him too. In other words, he was telling the set-apart ones in Philippi that they too must be prepared to be poured out as a drink offering in the service of the belief of others too, and to do so with rejoicing gladness!
Tonight in a message called, “BEING POURED OUT!” I want us to be reminded how we are to be the daily living offering that is pleasing to our Master as Sha’ul tells us in:
Romiyim/Romans 12:1 “I call upon you, therefore, brothers, through the compassion of Elohim, to present your bodies a living offering – set-apart, well-pleasing to Elohim – your reasonable worship.”
After having just finished keeping the feast of Sukkoth this year, I was continually struck by the words that our Master spoke on the last great day of the Feast, as we see in:
Yoḥanan/John 7:37-38 “And on the last day, the great day of the festival, יהושע stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me, and let him who believes in Me drink. 38 “As the Scripture said, out of His innermost shall flow rivers of living water.”
These were the words our Master spoke on the Shemini Atsereth (the 8th day and closing ceremony of Sukkoth).
In various historical writings we have accounts of some of the customs and traditions that were done at the time יהושע Messiah came in the flesh. At the time of יהושע, booths were still being constructed as commanded, however there were some additional ceremonies that were added and carried great prophetic significance. One of these was the Water Pouring Ceremony. This ceremony involved the priests, accompanied by a procession of singing people that would go down to the pool of ‘Shiloaḥ’. The word שִׁלֹחַShiloaḥ – Strong’s H7975 comes from the primitive root שָׁלַח shalaḥ – Strong’s H7971 which means ‘to send or to bring forth’ or ‘send forth’, and this was one of the principle sources of water supply to Yerushalayim that originated from the ‘Giḥon’ spring which emptied into this pool. גִּיחוֹן Giḥon – Strong’s H1521 means, ‘bursting forth’ and comes from the primitive root word גִּיחַ giaḥ – Strong’s H1518 which means, ‘to break forth, gush forth, labour to bring forth, draw up, take out’. Scripture speaks of the river called Giḥon that Ḥizqiyahu the king channelled as a water supply for Yisra’ĕl which enabled them to endure and withstand an Assyrian siege. This is a great picture for us of how we are able to draw with joy the pure water of the Word from deep within our hearts no matter the circumstances we find ourselves in, as long as we are drinking from the pure Living Waters of Messiah.
יהוה was the provider of water and rain and so this abundant source of water was sent by יהוה for His city. At the time of Messiah, this custom of the water pouring ceremony would see the priest fill a gold pitcher with water and march back to the Temple where it would be mixed with wine and poured upon the slaughter-place as the drink offering and was symbolic of יהוה’s salvation as described in:
Yeshayahu/Isaiah 12:3 “And you shall draw water with joy from the fountains of deliverance.” This was prophetically speaking of the Messiah, and at this last great day our Master stands up and proclaims very clearly that He is the source of Living Waters. Here יהושע was fulfilling this ceremony at the Feast by declaring that He is the One who gives the water of life! Now see the fulfilment of this being prophesied as seen by Yoḥanan again in:
Ḥazon/Revelation 21:6 “And He said to me, “It is done! I am the ‘Aleph’ and the ‘Taw’, the Beginning and the End. To the one who thirsts I shall give of the fountain of the water of life without payment.”
Here we see יהושע, at the fulfilment of this Feast in a revelation that was given to Yoḥanan, declaring that He, the Aleph and Taw, will give a drink to whoever is thirsty, without cost, and in Ḥazon/Revelation 22 you can read about the River of the water of life that flows from the very throne of Elohim.
This concept of the pouring of the water along with the prescribed drink offerings, and Messiah making it clear that He is the source of the very living waters that we are to draw from with joy, helps us further understand the power of His provision through His sacrifice for our sins and the cost of Him being poured out for us, so that we may have access to life and be filled with His Spirit!
In Scripture we are clearly told that life is in the blood and we are also told that whoever drinks of the water that the Master gives will never thirst and shall become in him a fountain of living water springing up into everlasting life. Therefore we see from Scripture the clear symbolic picture of both blood and water being that which pertains to life. Wine that was used in the drink offerings was also symbolic of the blood that was poured out as a prophetic shadow picture of the blood of Messiah. When the Master died he was pierced in His side and both blood and water came out of His side:
Yoḥanan/John 19:34 “But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and instantly blood and water came out.”
This act carried a very significant fulfilment that would allow the True Bride of Messiah to come forth and be washed clean of all defilement. The Greek word used for ‘side’ is πλευρά pleura – Strong’s G4125 and is the same word used in the LXX (Septuagint) in Berěshith/Genesis 2:21 which is translated as ‘ribs’, when יהוה took one of the ribs of Aḏam from his side and made the woman. The Hebrew word used for ‘ribs’ is from the word ע tsela – Strong’s H6763 and is translated as, ‘rib, side, corner, beam, board, side chamber’. When Aḏam woke up and saw Ḥawwah he said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. This one is called ‘woman,’ because she was taken out of man.”
As a prophetic picture we see how Messiah was put to sleep so that the drink offering of His own life could be given in order for His Bride to be brought forth and be made one with Him, having been poured out for our sins so that we could be brought near to His Covenants of Promise and be cleansed through the washing of the Word!
In understanding the great price our Master paid for us, we take note of what Yoḥanan tells us in:
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 3:16 “By this we have known love, because He laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.”
As He laid down His life for us, we ought to do the same for our brothers!!! And this we do by being a ‘living sacrifice’, being poured out as a drink offering, for the service of belief that is done with gladness and joy.
Being poured out as a drink offering is what I am speaking about here tonight, and when we understand what the drink offering represents we are further enabled to truly be poured out and ready to serve one another in love.
The Greek word translated as ‘drink offering’ in Sha’ul’s words to the Philippians is σπένδω spendō – Strong’s G4689 which means, ‘to pour out (as a drink offering), to make a libation’. The English word ‘libation’ means, ‘an act of pouring liquid as a sacrifice (to a deity)’. It was a common practice among many religions to pour out drink offerings to their false mighty ones, yet we see in Scripture that יהוה gives us clear instructions regarding the drink offerings that were to be brought and poured out before Him, and this teaches us a very vital lesson that we should not do as the nations do, but only do according to the pattern He has instructed us in His Word; hence we are able to understand the call Yoḥanan makes when he says in:
Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 2:6 “The one who says he stays in Him ought himself also to walk, even as He walked.”
We are to walk as Messiah walked, teaching us that the way we are to be poured out as a drink offering is to be the daily living sacrifice that is set-apart and well pleasing to Elohim. To do this takes proper set-apartness without compromise, as selfishness must be put to death and service toward others in the body should be taken up with gladness and joy.
When we ‘lose our life’ for the sake of Messiah, we will find it! This means that when we lay down our lives and take up the stake and follow the Master, we will truly find the proper function of our life in Him! When we are able to do this with joy, we recognise the joy of being poured out as a drink offering in the service of the belief toward others.
The Hebrew word that is used to translate the term ‘drink offering’ in Bemiḏbar/Numbers 28 is the noun נֶסֶךְ neseḵ – Strong’s H5262 which means ‘drink offering, libation, something that is poured out’, which comes from the root verb נָסַךְ nasaḵ – Strong’s H5258 which means, ‘cover, cast, pour out a drink offering, set up, establish’.
When we look at this word in its ancient pictographic script we are able to see a powerful shadow picture of Messiah being the perfect ‘drink offering’.
The Hebrew word for ‘drink offering’ – נֶסֶךְ neseḵ – Strong’s H5262 – in the ancient pictographic script looks like this:
Nun – נֶ:
The ancient pictographic script has this letter pictured as , which pictures a ‘sprouting seed’ and gives the idea of continuation or an offspring or an heir, speaking of that which sprouts forth will be the heir of the promise of continuation, and represents one’s life expectancy.
Samek – סֶ:
The ancient script has this letter pictured as , which is a thorn and has the meanings of ‘pierce and sharp’ and can also carry the meaning of ‘a shield’, as thorn bushes were used by shepherds to build a wall to enclose their flock in the night against the attack of predators. Another meaning would be ‘to grab hold of’ as a thorn is a seed that clings to hair and clothing. The Word of Elohim is sharper than a doubled edged sword and when we find that we do not grab hold of His word and allow His Word to be our shield of faith, we may find ourselves being pierced through with sin and compromise! Our praise we have for our Master is that in Him we are upheld forever, for He is the shield of our Help, as He Himself took the crown of thorns upon His head, bearing our sin and shame that we may be found to be shielded in Him!
Kaph – ךְ:
The ancient form of this letter is – meaning the open palm of a hand. The meaning behind this letter is to bend and curve from the shape of a palm as well as to tame or subdue as one has been bent to another’s will (under their hand) as an open hand symbolises submission. This also can picture for us a palm or palm branch from the curved palm shape.
When looking at this word in these ancient pictographic letters, our understanding of the ‘drink offering’ that Messiah would be for us is made wonderfully clear, as we are able to determine by this word the following:
The Seed (that is Messiah) is the One who would be pierced for our transgressions and under who’s Hand we now submit our lives in total subjection to, as we too pour out our lives as a drink offering for others, as Messiah poured Himself out for us.
The verb נָסַךְ nasaḵ – Strong’s H5258 we see being used in the account of Dawiḏ pouring out water before יהוה, as written in:
Shemuʼěl Bět/2 Samuel 23:13-17 “And three of the thirty chief men went down at harvest time and came to Dawiḏ at the cave of Aḏullam, while the army of Philistines encamped in the Valley of Repha’im. 14 And Dawiḏ was then in the stronghold, while a watch-post of the Philistines was then in Bĕyth Leḥem. 15 And Dawiḏ longed and said, “Oh that someone would give me a drink of the water from the well of Bĕyth Leḥem, which is by the gate!” 16 And the three mighty men broke through the camp of the Philistines, and drew water from the well of Bĕyth Leḥem that was by the gate, and took it and brought it to Dawiḏ. But he would not drink it, but poured it out to יהוה. 17 And he said, “Far be it from me, O יהוה, to do this – the blood of the men who went at the risk of their lives!” So he would not drink it. This is what the three mighty men did.”
Dawiḏ thirsted for water and 3 of his bravest men went and fetched him some from the enemy’s camp. When he was given the water he poured it out to יהוה, and there presented a ‘drink offering’ to Elohim. This drink offering may be problematic in the eyes of some, especially those who do not bear or carry the same heart and moral values of the Torah that Dawiḏ did. As we consider this very powerful event that took place we are able to take note of some very valuable lessons. Here in this account there are 3 things that are of great value that can be taken into account in this act of the drink offering poured out to יהוה.
1 – Firstly we have the water! Water was, and still is, a very valuable resource and pouring it out would seem to be a huge waste to many. Pouring out water when it is so scarce may be very offensive to some, while we also find how many waste a very valuable resource when it is in abundance.
2 – Secondly we have the lives of his mighty men who risked their own lives for their beloved king. Dawiḏ recognised the value of their lives, and he equated the water with the blood of these 3 men who literally risked spilling their own blood for him.
3 – Thirdly we have the actual pouring out of the water to יהוה. This act of pouring out this water can only be understood in terms of who יהוה is and what the offering represents. If there are any doubts in a person’s life then giving anything to יהוה may be problematic, seem silly and worthless. However, when we recognise His great loving-commitment and favour, then we will be able to gladly pour out our lives as a drink offering unto Him. The act of offering our bodies as a living offering is an act of worship.
Dawiḏ understood that the water in his hand represented more that the physical water itself. He valued this water in terms of the best blood of his army. What we also must take proper note of here is that there was no objection whatsoever by these 3 mighty men when they saw was their beloved king did. They understood the honour of their hard won water being poured out on the ground unto יהוה. Dawiḏ’s act of pouring out the water as a drink offering to יהוה clearly showed that it was an offering that was worthy to be given to יהוה, as a reasonable act of worship, as יהוה is worthy of priceless water.
As we consider these events of the mighty men risking their lives for their beloved king and then witnessing the drink offering being made to יהוה, in recognition of their risking their own blood for him, we need to ask ourselves on a daily basis: “How am I being poured out before our Master and Elohim?”
In Scripture we take note of that which is pleasing to יהוה and that which provokes Him. We see in:
Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 7:18 “The children are gathering wood, the fathers are lighting the fire, and the women are kneading their dough, to make cakes for the sovereigness of the heavens, and to pour out drink offerings to other mighty ones, to provoke Me.”
The women were pouring out drink offerings to other mighty ones, and this provoked יהוה. The disobedient Yehuḏim who were in Mitsrayim refused to listen to Yirmeyahu, and they made it clear that they would continue to burn incense to the queen of the heavens and offer drink offerings to her. They said that when they stopped doing so they lacked, so they decided to continue to worship the queen of the heavens and pour drink offerings to her so that it would go well with them.
You can read about this from Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 44!
It was then made very clear by יהוה to this rebellious and disobedient Yehuḏim that whoever continued to provoke Him by pouring out drink offerings to the queen of the heavens would be consumed and His Name would no longer be called upon His lips!!! This meant that they would have no salvation or deliverance – for all who call upon the Name of יהוה shall be saved! Why I am mentioning this is to clearly highlight that there are drink offerings that are pleasing to יהוה while there are drink offerings that provoke Him. Many people are provoking יהוה by doing whatever is right in their own eyes as they are guided by materialism and fleshly desires and needs that they pursue, doing whatever it takes to get their way, while forsaking the way of set-apartness.
In another account in Scripture we are given another act of water being poured out before יהוה, as we read in:
Shemuʼěl Aleph/1 Samuel 7:6 “And they gathered to Mitspah and drew water, and poured it out before יהוה. And they fasted that day, and said there, “We have sinned against יהוה.” And Shemu’ĕl rightly ruled the children of Yisra’ĕl at Mitspah.”
After the Ark of Elohim had been returned from the Philistines who had captured it, the men of Qiryath Yeʽarim came and took the ark of יהוה, and brought it into the house of Aḇinaḏaḇ, where it remained for 20 years and the people of Yisra’ĕl lamented after יהוה. Shemuʼěl then came and told them that if they returned to יהוה with all their hearts and put away the foreign mighty ones among them and prepared their hearts for יהוה and serve Him only, then He would deliver them from the Philistines. The children of Yisra’ĕl responded and put away the Baʽals and Ashtaroth, and served יהוה only. He then gathered all of Yisra’ĕl to Mitspah where they drew water and poured it out as a drink offering before יהוה.
This drink offering of water represents for us the vital lesson of the pouring out of our hearts before יהוה and have our hearts washed from all sins. This can also symbolise a drink offering as a token of joy filled trust and faith in the True living Elohim, after having confessed their sin and transgressions and false worship!
The Hebrew word that is used here for ‘poured out’ is שָׁפַךְ shaphaḵ – Strong’s H8210 which means, ‘to pour out, pour, dump, shed, gush out’, and the Greek word used here in the LXX (Septuagint) is ἐκχέω ekcheō – Strong’s G1632 which means, ‘to pour out, shed, spill’, and metaphorically it has the meaning of, ‘to bestow or distribute largely’. This Greek word is translated as ‘shed’ in:
Mattithyahu/Matthew 26:28 “For this is My blood, that of the renewed covenant, which is shed for many for the forgiveness of sins.”
This was the cup of the covenant that the Master gave His taught ones at the meal He had with them before His death, symbolising the drink offering of His life by which we would be forgiven and be given access to the Living Waters so that we need never thirst again but have abundant life gushing forth from within us, enabling us to be a living drink offering on behalf of the belief/faith that can be done as a Bride together with gladness and great rejoicing, despite the physical circumstances we find ourselves in.
In Sha’ul’s letter to Timotiyos he encouraged Timotiyos to be sober in all matters, suffer hardships and accomplish the service of set-apartness completely and then said to him:
Timotiyos Bět/2 Timothy 4:6-7 “For I am already being poured out, and the time of my departure has arrived. 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have guarded the belief.”
Sha’ul had indeed set a great standard for Timotiyos to follow, as he set the standard of following the Master completely and was readily being poured out! How many of us can honestly say that our lives are being poured out completely as a drink offering that is pleasing before יהוה?
Having just enjoyed a rejoicing feast of Sukkoth we need to be reminded of our need to hold firm the heart of gladness and joy, as we continually come to the Master and never thirst, allowing His Living Waters to flow from within us in order that we too may be poured out as a drink offering and living sacrifice that is pleasing to our Husband and King!
Are you drawing water with joy from the Living fountain of deliverance? Have you made Elohim your trust and your deliverance, your strength and your song? Or have you found yourself pouring out your life to selfish matters and the worries of this age that has caused your ability to trust and not be afraid to be hindered through compromise?
Will you be glad and rejoice, as Sha’ul did, even while in chains? Are you being poured out before יהוה or not?
Are you doing that reasonable worship that pleases Him or have you, by wrong ways, been found to provoke Him?
It is time for the True worshippers to worship in Spirit and Truth and be the set-apart Bride that is being poured out before יהוה.
The love of Elohim has been poured out in our hearts by the Set-Apart Spirit which has been given to us as a pledge of our inheritance; therefore there should be no excuse for us to not being poured out as a drink offering before our Master and Elohim! Now go and be poured out in complete joy-filled service to our King!
יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show favour to you; יהוה lift up His face upon you and give you peace!