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Christ in the offerings – notes on the Levitical offerings (from Mixed Week 2013) PART 2

by on July 23, 2013

The Grain Offering (Leviticus 2, 6:14 – 23)

 What caused the offerer to bring it?

As yesterday, this offering was voluntary, expressing thanks-giving in the heart of the offerer toward God – perhaps for meeting a family’s daily needs. It often accompanied the burnt offering.

 How might it relate to us experientially?

Gratitude to God for daily enjoyment of Christ in our lives.

What was the unique characteristic?

The offering did not forfeit the life of an animal – it did not involve the shedding of blood.

What does that indicate that God valued about it?

The life of Christ was pleasing to God (a bloodless offering).

This may also be seen in the different ingredients that go into the grain offering:

Fine flour speaks of evenness and purity of the character of the Lord Jesus – no lumps to be ground out of this flour. No resistance to the will of the Father in the life of Christ.

Oil tends to speak of the presence and work of the Spirit in scripture – mixed with the flour, the character of the Lord Jesus. His life and personality were saturated with the Spirit of God.

No leaven – in scripture, leaven speaks of sin (for example, 1 Corinthians 5, where Paul speaks of sin in a local church needing to be dealt with). No sin at all in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ. Where leaven was included as an offering of firstfruits (see Leviticus 2:12) it was not permitted to go on the altar (again speaking of the perfect life of the Lord, sacrificed to His Father).

Fire can speak of suffering in scripture (in this context referring to suffering in the life of the Lord). Salt is often associated with covenants, because of its ability to endure fire – the Lord Jesus endured through all his suffering in carrying out the will of God.

Honey perhaps speaks of seeking one’s own glory (see Proverbs 25:27) – honey was absent from the grain offering, just a self-seeking was absent from the life of Christ. He came to glorify His God and Father – not Himself.

How might we try to emulate Christ in this?

As the elements of the grain offering speak of His character, we seek to be like Him – pure and even in character, life saturated with the Spirit of God, separate from sin in our lives (though how far we fall short), enduring suffering for His name when necessary, seeking the glorification of God in our lives.

How was it conducted at the Tabernacle?

A handful was offered to God, while the rest was food for the priests serving in God’s house. Perhaps it speaks of our enjoyment of the life of Christ as we serve as priests – we get so much out of the service of the house of God as we give to Him.

Application to worship at the Remembrance?

As yesterday, effort should go into the preparation of our offerings of thanksgiving to God (Hebrews 13:15). The handful going to God perhaps speaks of us giving what we have grasped of the person of Christ back to God in worship – our memorial portion (Leviticus 2:2), as we remember Him in the breaking of bread and pouring out of wine.

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