What is offering?
What would you say, if you were in the audience when Jesus said, unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life in you?
Understand that Jesus was referring to himself as the Passover Lamb that must be eaten, by those to whom, the lamb would benefit.
If you do not eat the lamb you are cut off from Israel. The eating of the lamb was so important that if you were “unclean” on the day of the proper Passover, you were given an opportunity a few days later to eat it.
In that sense, we eat Jesus, we partake of him, he becomes our inheritance. In that sense, the Lord is our inheritance. We inherit eternal life.
But there is something called the inheritance of God in the Saints. Not our inheritance, but God’s, what he stands to gain for gaining us.
Before I unpack that, let me show you what God’s food as typified with in the Old Testament means; just as for eternal life, Christ becomes our food.
It is typified by the offerings. God would later speak about the offering, saying: do you think if I am hungry I will tell you, as the cattle on a thousand hills are mine? They bring it to him offerings as “food,” but what he wants is much more than that.
In the ultimate sense, we are God’s food. We are the offering. We are the offering. We are the tithes, the firstfruits.
There must be regular morning and evening offering in the Old Testament, but now we are living sacrifices, being offered all the time. We please him by faith. Our pleasing him becomes his food. As Jesus said that his food is to please the Father. In other words: I am satisfied when I satisfy God. When God is pleased therefore (and Jesus is God), then God has eaten.
We are made for his pleasure, to please him.
The inheritance of God in the saints has to do with his eternal calling over our life. What we add to his kingdom that nobody else can, that is his food.
So the “so that there be meat in my house” in Malachi, in the ultimate sense is our lives pleasing him, living for him, as we serve in his kingdom, his purpose.
Understand that the word ” offering ” in the New Testament is never about money. NEVER. Never about anything material.
When talking about money, Paul used the word “contribution.” or “collection” or “gathering”. NOT OFFERING. You cannot offer money to God. He has nothing to do with it. You offer your life. That is his inheritance.
That is the true meaning of the tithe and offering that Malachi talks about.
So let us stop using the phrase “offering time.” It erodes from the true meaning of offering.
He demanded the tithe, the offering in Malachi (which is a prophetic book) pointing to the ultimate fulfillment of those two things as our lives in offering to God.
Tithe is about percentage, not that we divide our 24 hours into parts or our money into parts as new covenant people, but a prophetic pointer to the percentage of the human beings that Jesus would offer to God at the end of time as the new creature.
The tithe is God’s. And the scriptures cannot be broken. The firstfruit is the picture of our being in Christ the ultimate firstfruit, the tithe is the picture of our being taken out of the world to be God’s exclusive possession.
Paul said: we should offer our bodies to God as a living sacrifice, which is our reasonable service in view of the mercies of God.
In other words: In view of our inheritance in him, let him inherit us.
If we embrace a false notion and we continue to hold on to it in the face of evidence to the contrary, we harden our hearts and render ourselves unable to receive truth.
Again I say: Let’s stop using the phrase “offering time” in church. It is anti-truth. There is nothing like offering time. Our life should be in offering to God eternally.