Leviticus chapter 2

Grain offerings.

 


 

GRAIN OFFERINGS

 

VERSE 1. “ ‘When anyone offers an offering of a meal offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.

When. This verse does not command people to make offerings to the LORD. Rather, it assumes that they will be doing so.

anyone. Who is permitted to make an offering to the LORD? Anyone.

Nobody was forbidden. Neither gender nor popularity nor economic status could prohibit people from making an offering.

We Christians hold such a thing as an ideal. But we rarely live it out.

In practice, we exhibit great segregation. Women are kept from positions of power. Minorities are not welcome. Wealthy donate their way to positions of prominence.

Nonetheless, Paul admonishes us:

Galatians 3:28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Perhaps in some day in the distant future, we Christians will finally attain to what the Jewish people were already practicing, millennia ago.

fine flour. The Hebrew word for flour is סֹ֖לֶת (“sō·leṯ”). It was a finely ground flour of wheat.

It was probably presented in a bowl, as it was in the case of Nahshon the son of Amminadab:

Numbers 7:13. and his offering was: one silver platter, the weight of which was one hundred thirty shekels, one silver bowl of seventy shekels, after the shekel of the sanctuary; both of them full of fine flour mixed with oil for a meal offering;

This flour offering puts a person with celiac disease in a precarious position. They are not able to have wheat.

Nor can they be in a location strewn with flour particles, such as the sacrificial area would have been.

 

VERSE 2. He shall bring it to Aaron’s sons, the priests. He shall take his handful of its fine flour, and of its oil, with all its frankincense, and the priest shall burn its memorial on the altar, an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to the LORD.

handful. Only a handful of the grain offering is to be sacrificed.

burn its memorial on the altar. The handful of grain is burned on the altar.

 

VERSE 3. That which is left of the meal offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’. It is a most holy part of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

That which is left. After the handful of grain is burned on the altar, the remainder of the grain goes to the priests. It is their groceries.

 

VERSE 4. “ ‘When you offer an offering of a meal offering baked in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.

baked in the oven. They could offer grain that they baked into cakes. Or into unleavened wafers.

 

VERSE 5. If your offering is a meal offering made on a griddle, it shall be of unleavened fine flour, mixed with oil.

made on a griddle. They could offer grain that they  fried on a griddle.

 

VERSE 6. You shall cut it in pieces, and pour oil on it. It is a meal offering.

 

VERSE 7. If your offering is a meal offering of the pan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.

of the pan. They could offer grain that they  cooked in a pan.

 

VERSE 8. You shall bring the meal offering that is made of these things to the LORD. It shall be presented to the priest, and he shall bring it to the altar.

 

VERSE 9. The priest shall take from the meal offering its memorial, and shall burn it on the altar, an offering made by fire, of a pleasant aroma to the LORD.

 

VERSE 10. That which is left of the meal offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’. It is a most holy part of the offerings of the LORD made by fire.

That which is left. After the handful of grain is burned on the altar, the remainder of the grain goes to the priests. It is their groceries.

 

VERSE 11. “ ‘No meal offering which you shall offer to the LORD shall be made with yeast; for you shall burn no yeast, nor any honey, as an offering made by fire to the LORD.

No meal offering … shall be made with yeast. All the offerings were to be unleavened.

 

VERSE 12. As an offering of first fruits you shall offer them to the LORD, but they shall not rise up as a pleasant aroma on the altar.

 

VERSE 13. Every offering of your meal offering you shall season with salt. You shall not allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your meal offering. With all your offerings you shall offer salt.

God. The Hebrew word is “אֱלֹהִ֑ים” (Elohim).

you shall season with salt. Salt was important. Their spiritual offerings were to be salted with salt.

In our day, Christians are to be salted with salt. We are to keep our saltiness. If we loose our saltiness, what good are we? St. Paul writes,

Colossians 4:6. Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one.

Our conversations are a spiritual sacrifice, meant to be salty with the truth of Jesus Christ. Indeed, we are to be the salt that seasons the whole world:

Matthew 5:13. You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt has lost its flavor, with what will it be salted? It is then good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.

 

VERSE 14. “ ‘If you offer a meal offering of first fruits to the LORD, you shall offer for the meal offering of your first fruits fresh heads of grain parched with fire and crushed.

 

VERSE 15. You shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it. It is a meal offering.

 

VERSE 16. The priest shall burn as its memorial part of its crushed grain and part of its oil, along with all its frankincense. It is an offering made by fire to the LORD.

 


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