Paul’s Drink Offering


In Phil. 2:17, Paul speaks of being poured out like a drink offering. What was the purpose of the drink offering? I have tried to understand the meanings of the different offerings, but this one eludes me.


The drink offering is mentioned in Exodus 29:40 and Numbers 15:4-6,10. It was a serving of wine that was included with burnt and grain offerings to complete a symbolic meal prepared for the Lord.

Since He doesn’t eat, the various components (meat, grain and wine) were poured on the altar. As they were consumed by the fire, their combined aroma symbolized a complete meal, pleasing to the Lord.

Paul used the drink offering to symbolize his service to the Lord. In other words it was His contribution to a satisfying meal, prepared for the Lord. He also mentioned it in 2 Tim. 4-6