Leviticus 2:1 "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."

Although this offering is called a meat offering, there was no meat involved. It was actually a meal or bread offering. It is the only offering in Leviticus that does not involve shedding blood. It could be offered alone or with the burnt or peace offering. History tells us it was only offered alone by the very poor, though.

The emphasis on fine flour and oil is repeated over and over as is the fire. It is a "sweet savour unto the Lord", which is what God sees in the sacrifice of His Only Son. Fine flour was unusual in that day as they did not have great mills as we have today. They had to grind the grain in a bowl with a pestle (A club-shaped, hand-held tool) and it was usually coarse and uneven. For the flour to be fine, they had to spend a great deal of time beating it. This is a picture of The Lord Jesus. He was as fine flour while all of us have many lumps and imperfections. Sin has made us all lumpy, or imperfect. We all have good personality traits as well as bad. But Jesus was the only man that ever lived who was perfect and even in every way. He showed righteous indignation when He drove the money changers from the temple and He showed love and compassion to those He healed and to the little children He bid to come to Him. He was wise enough to teach at the age of 12 and humble enough to wash the disciple's feet. He was that fine flour, well beaten, anointed with the pure oil of the Holy Spirit, purified by God's Holy Fire and His life and death brought forth a sweet fragrance to the Father as the frankincense did in the meal offering. Notice that as frankincense was made from a plant, it did not emit it's fragrance until it was crushed or put under pressure. We see Christ's sweetness coming out under the pressure of His arrest, trial and curcifixion, when He was under pressure. I'm afraid sweetness does not always emerge from us when we are under pressure! Unlike the burnt offering, the priests were to keep a portion of the meal offering to eat.

Leviticus 2:11 "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."

No leaven or honey was to be used in the meal. Leaven is presented all through the scriptures as evil. ("Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees." Matt. 16:6) Honey represents a natural sweetness but if left, honey will sour. Many people are sweet as honey on Sunday or when around other Christians but sour as bad honey and leavened with a measure of the world at work or home during the week. There was no evil or bitterness in Jesus!

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.

Salt is the last ingredient mentioned in this offering. It is a preservative and the opposite of leaven. Jesus preserves us and in Him we are to be the salt of the earth! (Matt. 5:13)


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