Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Wheat, Wine & Oil


I'm sure you have noticed that nothing is in the Word of God merely for the sake of filling the pages or for any insignificant reason. Every word and letter, every sentence and sequence of letters, words and sentences, every single one along with the whole, is placed exactly in the appropriate and appointed spot to reveal Yah'shua, our Christ and to give Him glory. HalleluYAH!

Have you noticed the sequence of God's words when He talks about blessings?

It is most always in the same sequence (Gen 27:37, Deu 33:28,
Hos 2:8, Joe 2:19,Neh 5:11, Jer 31:12, Hag 1:11, Neh 10:39, etc.) in the old covenant with regards to what we consume (receive), followed by other material blessings.

It always talks first about the wheat (bread, barley, corn, grain), secondly about the wine (vineyard, grapes, vine) and thirdly about the oil (dew, olive oil) Although, at times the oil is mentioned first ... for a reason.


... and why the sequence?

The sequence is introduced to us the first time in Gen 14:18  And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. Bread and wine. It is Melchizedek who brings to Abram bread and wine. Who is Melchizedek? Correctly translated His name means King of Righteousness. 

Who is the King of Righteousness by Whose deaht we became the righteousness of God?

Yah'shua (Jesus) of cause! 

He brings the bread (His body) and wine (His blood)!

Bread is lechem (food for man, to nurture and build) or dâgân (increase, become stronger) - in reference (prophecy) to the body of Yah'shua (Jesus). His body was crushed for our healing.

Wine should be afforded a little more attention, since the Hebrew has several words for wine each descriptive of another kind of wine. Let's look at three of them:

  • yayin - fermented or intoxicating wine. From an unused root meaning to effervesce; wine (as fermented); by implication intoxication: - banqueting, wine, wine [-bibber]. Gen 9:21  And he drank of the wine, and was drunken; and he was uncovered within his tent.
  • shêkâran intoxicant, that is, intensely alcoholic liquor: - strong drink, drunkard, strong wine usually mixed with other substances. Jdg 13:4 Now therefore beware, I pray thee, and drink not wine nor strong drink, and eat not any unclean thing.
  • tı̂yrôsh - in the sense of expulsion (squeezed); must or fresh grape juice (as just squeezed out); (new, sweet) wine. Gen 27:28 Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine.
The wine (tı̂yrôsh) refers (prophecy) to the freshly squeezed blood of Yah'shua on the cross that was spilled for our redemption, the seal on the New Testament that proclaims our righteousness and sanctifies us. That's why Yahshua says in Mat 9:17  Neither do men put new wine into old bottles - the Gospel of Grace (new) can not be placed or mixed with the old in the old container (the law, Heb 8:13  In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish away). 

Oil is yitshâr referring to oil: (as producing light); anointing; anointed, oil or shemen richness: - anointing, fat, fruitfulness, oil, ointment, olive, to make shine. 2Ch 32:28 says: Storehouses also for the increase of corn, and wine, and oil; and stalls for all manner of beasts, and cotes for flocks.

Oil speaks of our blessings because of Yah'shua. Refer to a certain type of Yah'shua - the son-of-promise, Isaac or yitschâq (see the resemblance with yitshâr)?  It also speaks about the Holy Spirit, the Latter Rain. The precious Gift from heaven Who brings to our remembrance all that the Former Rain (Yah'shua) has taught us and even show us things to come. It refers to a very Special Anointing, the Spirit of Power, the Spirit of Truth poured out upon us, the very Breath of God blown into us. HalleluYAH!

Interestingly, in the Hebrew the word rain and teacher has the same base word yârâh - meaning to water, properly flow, teach, transmit, lay forth, instruct, inform. How beautiful the footsteps of Him who brings us both the Former and Latter Teacher (Hos 6:3, Joe 2:23, Zec 10:1, Deu 11:14, etc.)

Now these verses make a whole lot of sense:

From the old covenant as a prophecy onto both teachers:
Deu 11:14  That I will give you the rain of your land in his due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil.

From the New Testament as prophecy fulfilled of both teachers:
Jas 5:7  Be patient therefore, brethren, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain. 

Now contemplate again 1Co 11:23-30:

For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.

Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily [not distinguishing the body of Yah'shua from His blood], shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

But let a man examine himself [see that you are righteous], and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily [not distinguishing the body of Yah'shua from His blood], eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

You are utterly blessed!

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