Chapter 2

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Commentary for Leviticus 2

The meat-offering of flour. (1-11) The offering of first-fruits. (12-16)1-11 Meat-offerings may typify Christ, as presented to God for us, and as being the Bread of life to our souls; but they rather seem to denote our obligation to God for the blessings of providence, and those good works which are acceptable to God. The term "meat" was, and still is, properly given to any kind of provision, and the greater part of this offering was to be eaten for food, not burned. These meat-offerings are mentioned after the burnt-offerings: without an interest in the sacrifice of Christ, and devotedness of heart to God, such services cannot be accepted. Leaven is the emblem of pride, malice, and hypocrisy, and honey of sensual pleasure. The former are directly opposed to the graces of humility, love, and sincerity, which God approves; the latter takes men from the exercises of devotion, and the practice of good works. Christ, in his character and sacrifice, was wholly free from the things denoted by leaven; and his suffering life and agonizing death were the very opposites to worldly pleasure. His people are called to follow, and to be like him.

12-16 Salt is required in all the offerings. God hereby intimates to them that their sacrifices, in themselves, were unsavoury. All religious services must be seasoned with grace. Christianity is the salt of the earth. Directions are given about offering their first-fruits at harvest. If a man, with a thankful sense of God's goodness in giving him a plentiful crop, was disposed to present an offering to God, let him bring the first ripe and full ears. Whatever was brought to God must be the best in its kind, though it were but green ears of corn. Oil and frankincense must be put upon it. Wisdom and humility soften and sweeten the spirits and services of young people, and their green ears of corn shall be acceptable. God takes delight in the first ripe fruits of the Spirit, and the expressions of early piety and devotion. Holy love to God is the fire by which all our offerings must be made. The frankincense denotes the mediation and intercession of Christ, by which our services are accepted. Blessed be God that we have the substance, of which these observances were but shadows. There is that excellency in Christ, and in his work as Mediator, which no types and shadows can fully represent. And our dependence thereon must be so entire, that we must never lose sight of it in any thing we do, if we would be accepted of God.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Leviticus 2

  • Marlene
    Margie, I support your comments which vividly state the laborous rituals which the Israelites had to endure to seek forgiveness of their sins and to be able to commune with their God. Jesus has made it so simple, He is just a prayer away and many of us can't even dedicate one minute to seek His face. Thank you God the father for the gift of Jesus Christ our intercessor
  • Marlene
    I agree with Matthew that when we give our lives to God at a young age; innocent and pure, we are giving God the first fruits of our lives which He honours. Parents should therefore ensure that they nurture their children in the word of God so that they will offer them as spotless and unblemished sacrifices to the Lord and that they will grow up to love and serve the Lord in spirit and in truth.
  • Sharita jones
    andre there is fruit given in the offerings the fruit is not to be burnt when offering. I love this chapter the foods represent something different and you have to go beyond the reading to understand it
  • Sharita jones
    andre there is fruit given in the offerings the fruit is not to be burnt when offering. I love this chapter the foods represent something different and you have to go beyond the reading to understand it
  • Dewey
    Charlotte, in Matthew Henry comments he believes a meat offerings was the same as a offering of fine flour to represent Christ as that bead of life that comes down from Heaven. I believe he is correct God did accept either that 's his prerogative. As for Cain his farming products was not the only things he had to offer God. He Could have borrowed Sheep or some other animal to sacrifice to God had he cared. It was his arrogance, pride, envy, and hatred for his brother Abel that caused God to reject him and his subsequent downfall. God bless us all and in the understanding of his Word. Glory be to God in the highest through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen!
  • Margie Edwards
    I think the comments have merit but they seem to be written with the view point of law and nothing of grace. I believe the commands God gave not just showed us how live a peaceful life because we can do ll of the "right things " and still miss the point. When i read Leviticus 2 I see definate parallels. The bread of the grain offering was a forthtelling of how Jesus would give His body and the bread we eat in rememberance is the sacrifice that Christ made. Then we have to remember the olive oil was representative of the Holy Spirit. The body amd oil go together like a hand in a glove. Can 't work the same one without the other. I also not those who were to burn the sacrifice. Maybe not the same faces, but don 't forget the high priests was the "prime minister " and the priests did his bidding. Link that to the ones to the crucifixion of Jesus if you will and you will see even in this scripture passage the typology. One more thing i get from this is the honey and the leaven were not to be birned on the altar. The leven represents all that is in us of the world that needs to drop off us. We should let it go instead of sayimg things like, its hard for me. Nothing is too hard for God and in Him ot shouldn 't be for us eother. The honey is the sweet presence of God in our lives when we are doing what he commands, to love the Lord God with all of hearts souls and mind. What we think and bwleive really does affect the way our brains function.
  • Varaidzo matiza
    lets render unto the most high his dues

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Bible Trivia

What is a meat offering?
  • An offering of meat, particularly lamb.
  • An offering of flour with oil and frankincense.
  • An offering of hamburgers.
  • An offering of spices.