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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Leviticus Chapter 2

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Moses
Date Penned: (1445-1444 BC)
Overview: A Handbook for the Priests and Levites (c 1-27)
Theme: Worshipping a Holy God (c 1-17)
Message: The Meat or Grain Offering (v 1-16)

Leviticus 2 Commentary

(2:1-11) The Meat Offering - When this Scripture was translated from the original language, meat meant any kind of food. In this case, Moses is talking about what we would call a grain offering. This grain offering accompanied all burnt offerings and was a gift of thanks to God. It reminded the people that their food came from God and that they therefore owed their lives to him. Three kinds of grain (meat) offerings are listed: (1) fine flour with oil and frankincense, (2) baked cakes or wafers of fine flour and oil, and (3) roasted kernels of grain (corn, an older English term meaning "grain") with oil and frankincense. The absence of yeast (leaven) symbolized the absence of sin, and the oil symbolized God's presence. Part of the grain (meat) offering was burned on the altar as a gift to God, and the rest was eaten by the priests. The offerings helped support them in their work.

(2-12) No Yeast in the Offering - Why was no yeast (leaven) allowed in the grain (meat) offerings? Yeast is a fungus and is therefore an appropriate symbol for sin. It grows in bread dough just as sin grows in a life. A little yeast will affect the whole loaf, just as a little sin can ruin a whole life. Jesus expanded this analogy by warning about the "leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees" (Matthew 16:6; see also Mark 8:15). How do you visualize the effects of sin in your life? What do you do to eliminate sin from your attitudes and actions?

(2:14) Salt in the Offering - The offerings were seasoned with salt as a reminder of the people's covenant (contract) with God. Salt is a good symbol of God's activity in a person's life because it penetrates, preserves, and aids in healing. God wants to be active in your life. Let him become part of you, penetrating every aspect of your life, preserving you from the evil all around you, and healing you of your sins and shortcomings. In ancient Middle Eastern lands, an agreement was sealed with a gift of salt to show the strength and permanence of the contract. Salt also points to the effects of a truthful agreement--it changes behavior, In (Matthew 5:l3) believers are called "the salt of the earth." Let the salt you use each day remind you that you are now one of God's covenant people, called to actively help preserve and purify the world.

(2:15) Offering Our Daily Bread - Coarsely ground heads of new grain (corn) mixed with oil and baked was typical food for the average person. This offering was a token presentation of a person's daily food. By offering it, people acknowledged God as the provider of their food. Even a poor person could fulfill this offering. God was pleased by the motivation and the dedication of those who made it.

 

 


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Hate Sin but Love the Sinner

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we Start  in the book of Leviticus with Chapter 2 and in today's text we see a look at the meat offering and 2 things catch my eye. First the Leaven which represents sin must be absent from the offering and Second is the season of salt which represents Grace must be on the offering. In making application we see that God is God who hates sin but administers Grace to the Sinner. Some think Christians are judgmental as it relates to sinners but we are to love the Sinner and hate the Sin just as God does. We should hate sin because sin separates man from God and without Christ no man can be reconciled to the Father. How about you? Do you hate the sin but love the sinner? Do you reach out to the lost with the answer of Christ? Let us learn from today's text and Hate sin but love the sinner.

 

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Leviticus 2

Leviticus 2

 1And 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:

 2And 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:

 3And 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.

 4And 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.

 5And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.

 6Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering.

 7And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.

 8And 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.

 9And 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.

 10And 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.

 11No 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.

 12As 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.

 13And 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.

 14And 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.

 15And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering.

 16And 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.