2 Tim.4:10 – For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.
I remember trying to read ‘Fox’s Book of Martyrs’ when I was in Bible School. I never could read that book. I thought about why from time to time and never came to any conclusions until 1994. Those of you who know me know what 1994 is about, it was the year that I was touched deeply by the Holy Spirit and was overcome by supernatural joy. A lot of things changed for me that year, one of them is that I finally began to understand why that book troubled me. What I saw repeatedly in the Christian martyrs was a supernatural, unexplainable courage when facing death. Some of the martyrs even experienced joy while being executed. That was it! The supernatural joy was the missing part. When the joy of the Lord filled my life I began to understand a little about the joy of the martyrs. The NJKV Word Study Bible describes what Paul called a drink offering from today’s scripture. Check this out.
“Related to our word “spend,” this word means “to offer a drink offering.” In the Old Testament drink offerings were poured out on a sacrifice. In the New Testament this word is used in the passive voice and with a figurative meaning of “to be offered in sacrifice,” implying a violent death for the sake of Christ. Paul viewed his upcoming death as a drink offering of dedication and gratitude to God. Compare the use here to 2 Timothy 4:6 (the only other use of this word in Scripture): “For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure is at hand.”
So here I am connecting the dots. An Old Testament drink offering was actually wine. Could this be a picture of the new wine of the Spirit that Jesus spoke of? Absolutely! So here it is, there is an anointing for Christians to face death. Paul said in 2 Timothy that he was being poured out as a drink offering. He said this possibly just moments before his execution. I think Paul was doing some heavy drinking that day. He was preparing for his great moment, the moment he would be absent from the body and finally standing before his Lord. Thankfully I finally understand, there is a drink for that.