Good evening y’all. Today we are studying Leviticus 2.
Be blessed 🙂
Today’s chapter focuses on grain offerings. This offering doesn’t use animals and no shedding of blood. It uses produce from the ground – flour, wheat, cereal.
Let’s see what we can glean from the chapter.
1) Only Fine or choicest flour can be offered – We are to give God our best. Not just any left over.
2) The flour could be brought either uncooked, oven cooked, griddle cooked or pan cooked – We can present our offering/service to God in diverse ways. The key thing is to make sure it is unto God and we are giving Him our best. Ecclesiastes 9:10 and Colossians 3:23 says
“Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might….” (Ecclesiastes 9:10 AMP)
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as though you were working for the Lord and not for people”. (Colossians 3:23 GNT)
3) No yeast is to be included when cooking the grain offering – Yeast is likened to sin in our lives. A small amount of yeast in dough can make a massive difference (the dough rises and becomes bigger), so it is with sin in our lives. A small sin, if not nipped in the bud immediately, can grow to become a mighty stronghold. We need to examine ourselves to make sure there are no traces of sin in our lives, so our offering can be acceptable before God.
4) This offering wasn’t a whole offering to God like the burnt offering was (all the parts of the burnt offering was offered to God, none was taken by the priests). Some part of the grain offering is given to the priests for their upkeep. The part given to Aaron and his sons is considered the most holy part of the offering.
“The priest will take a representative portion of the grain offering and burn it on the altar. It is a special gift, a pleasing aroma to the LORD. The rest of the grain offering will then be given to Aaron and his sons as their food. This offering will be considered a most holy part of the special gifts presented to the LORD”. (Leviticus 2:9-10 NLT)
What we give willingly as service to others is deeply appreciated by God. What came to mind was scripture in matthew 25:34- 46 where Jesus said if you do this to the least, you have done it to me. We shouldn’t get so carried away, that we forget to serve others around us.
5) The offering must be seasoned with salt.
“Every cereal offering you shall season with salt [symbol of preservation]; neither shall you allow the salt of the covenant of your God to be lacking from your cereal offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt”.(Leviticus 2:13 AMP)
“salt is THE TYPE OF PURIFYING POWER and with all our sacrifices we have need to bring a greatdeal of this salt. The salt eats into the meat. It drives away corruption. It preserves it. We require a deal of this. Brothersand Sisters, if we come before God with holy things while we are living in sin, we need not deceive ourselves—we shall not be accepted! If there is any man of whom it can be said that he is a saint abroad and a devil at home, God will esti-mate him at what he is at home—and not at what he is abroad. He may lay the sacrifice upon the altar, but if it isbrought there with foul hands and an unholy heart, God will have nothing to do with it! “Without holiness no man shallsee the Lord” and, certainly, without holiness can no man serve the Lord. We have our imperfections, but known andwillful sin, God’s people will not indulge. From this God keeps them. As soon as they know a thing to be sin and theirattention is called to it, that which they have committed in inadvertence causes them grief and sorrow of heart and theyflee from it with all their souls. We must, dear Friends, bring with all our oblations thatsalt in ourselves which shall purify our hearts from inward corruption and which shall have a power about it to purifyothers. Know you not that the saints are the salt of the earth? And if we are salt to others, we must have salt in ourselves.How can we conquer sin in others if sin is unconquered in ourselves? How can we give a light we have never seen? Howcan we have seed as sowers if we have never had bread as eaters? There must be a holy,sanctifying power about the child of God, making him to be as salt, or else he cannot act upon the putrid masses roundhim as the salt ought to do. With all your oblations, then, bring this salt. God give it to us! Let us cry to Him for it!” (extract from http://www.spurgeongems.org, Volume 33, Sermon #1942)
I will leave us with these thought’s –
Am I giving God my best or does He get my left overs?
Are there little sins in my life that will contaminate my offering thereby making it unacceptable before God?
Let’s repent and ask Holy Spirit for help today.
Thanks for joining today.
Have a blessed evening 🙂
***With God all things are possible***