Leviticus Chapter 2

In this portion of the bible, the children of Israel were receiving instruction on proper sacrifices and offerings to the Lord. The book of Leviticus continues as follows:

1 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:
2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord:
3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.

The footnote for “a meat offering” says it was the evening sacrifice. A flour offering given by the Israelites for this, was to be of fine flour mixed with oil and frankincense. Once received by the priests, a handful was to be given as a burnt offering upon the altar and the remainder was to be for the priests. These offering were to be holy foods that the priests would eat.

4 And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.

Any offerings of baked bread, were to be made unleavened, using fine flour mixed with oil.

5 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.
6 Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering.

The offerings of pan bread, were also to be unleavened mixed with oil. Then it was to be separated into pieces with additional oil on top.

7 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.
8 And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the Lord: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar.
9 And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.
10 And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.
11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire.

If the offering was a fried offering, it was to be made with fine flour and oil as well. Then a portion was to be placed, by the priests, upon the altar. The remainder was for the priests. None of these offerings were to be made with leaven or honey.

12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.
13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the Lord, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.
15 And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering.
16 And the priest shall burn the memorial of it, part of the beaten corn thereof, and part of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof: it is an offering made by fire unto the Lord.

Those offerings of the fruits of the field, were not to be burnt on the altar. Instead, they were to be seasoned with salt and come as green ears of dry corn, with oil and frankincense upon it.

I love how the Israelites were not expected to all make the same exact offering. It makes me think of how the Lord knows that we are all in different situations in life. Some of the Israelites were able to make offerings of animals, such as lambs or oxen. Others were not as well off and could only make an offering of birds. Some were farmers and able to make offerings related to the things they grew, such as corn. All of these were accepted offerings with no one better than another. The important thing, was that they were the first and best of the flock or field, and that they were given of free will and not forced. We have the opportunity to give our offerings to the Lord. Again, they are not the same. Different individuals have different incomes. Some have none. It is a worthwhile offering, acceptable to the Lord, if it is also given of our first fruits and given of our own free will. We had a lesson on tithing yesterday and I thought of how important that we give our tithing first. I think that we should feel it is not enough to be willing to give your ten percent eventually, but we should make it the first thing we do with our increase. In this way, it should come before anything else we have to pay for. I have had that idea for a long time now, and because of it, I have always paid tithing and the Lord has provided for everything else I needed. I have a great testimony of the blessings that come from offerings to the Lord, both tithes and offerings of any sort. I am so glad that the Lord is accepting of the service I give as well, especially since personally I do make a financial increase. Giving back to the Lord is a privilege and I know that the Lord is bound to bless us in whatever efforts we are able to give.

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