[Leviticus Chapter Two] Becoming a Salted Offering to God. In Leviticus two we find instruction regarding the grain offering. The grain offering is the only offering that was seen as an “offering of the soul”. In giving the grain offering God saw it as literally giving your soul to God. The grain offering was required to be offered with salt, oil, and frankincense. This speaks to us of the wholesome restoration and balance God wants to bring into your life as you offer yourself to him. A very encouraging message today.
The “meat offering” was actually not an animal sacrifice but consisted of meal or grain. At the time the King James Bible was written the term meat referred to food in general and not just food derived from animals. The typical meal or grain offering of different types always included meal, cooked or uncooked, frankincense and oil.
The Hebrew word here is “minkha” and it derives from an Arabic word “to give”. The meat or meal offering is actually somewhat controversial because the very first meal offering mentioned in the bible is the rejected offering of Cain. However throughout the Old Testament meal offerings were otherwise just as acceptable as animal sacrifice.
In the original language of verse one implies the meaning “if any soul will offer an offering to God…” This is the only time the Hebrew word for soul is used (in reference to the meal offering). The meal offering was provided in order to make available an acceptable offering from a poor person. The giving of this offering was viewed as though the person was giving his very soul to God.
The ingredients of the meal offering:
Fine Flour – Jesus is the Bread of Heaven
Oil – The Holy Spirit is the Oil of God
Frankincense – ???
Frankincense comes from a tree in the Boswellia genus. Boswellia trees are considered unusual because they are known at times to grow out of solid rock. This tree therefore speaks to us of Jesus who is the “root out of dry ground”:
[Isa 53:2 KJV] 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, [there is] no beauty that we should desire him.
It is extracted from a resin obtained by slashing the bark. Jesus’ back was slashed for our healing and frankincense is held to have medicinal properties for healing. Always remember in reading these verses that they are intended to tell us something about who Jesus is to us. The resins that are extracted from these trees are called tears.
[Isa 53:3 KJV] 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were [our] faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.
Remember the word for meal offering is “minkhah” which also means tribute. In the giving of this offering we are paying tribute to what Jesus has done for us. This meal offering is reflected in the New Testament in the ordinance of communion.
Verses 6 – 11
The meal offering was to be parted in pieces and then oil was to be poured upon it. The oil represents the anointing. In speaking of the kingdom of God in Matthew’s gospel Jesus likened it to a stone:
[Mat 21:44 KJV] 44 And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
We cry out to God for anointing but anointing doesn’t come upon an unbroken, unyielding vessel. The gifts and callings of God are without repentance but anointing is another matter. Many believers are miserable because they have an un-withdrawn calling but are unbroken and without anointing. I know what it is to minister without anointing because of disobedience. I spent one year ministering without anointing because I would not obey God in a call to a new assignment. It was one of the most miserable times of my life.
Notice that these offerings were offered to God by fire but a portion of them went to Aaron and his sons. Aaron is a type of Jesus himself. Aaron’s name means “light bringer” and Jesus is the “daystar arising in our hearts”. But notice not just Aaron was to receive his portion of the offering but also those assisting him in the work of the service of the tabernacle. This speaks to us of the ministry. I remember a prophetic word given over us that the time would come in our lives that the people would throw their money at Jesus’ feet and he would gathering it up and throw it at our feet.
Verses 12 – 16
The oblation of first fruits was handled differently as is the case with almost every mention of first fruits of differing kinds in the bible. Jesus is the first fruits from the dead and the first born of many brethren. The people came out of Egypt after the plague on the first born in which those who sprinkled the blood on their door post were spared. Because of this God always claims the first of anything to be his peculiar possession.
Every meat offering was to be include salt. Numbers 18:19 speaks of the covenant of salt. Matt. 5:13 says that WE are the salt of the earth and if we are not included the earth “loses is taste or savor”.
What do we know about salt? When an acid and a base are combined together they form a salt. An engineer trained in chemistry heard the Father say “this is how I want my people to be – perfectly balanced”.
The salt molecule is made of sodium and chlorine. If you put metallic sodium in water it reacts violently and produces fire. Water represents the word. When we mix the word with imbalance we want to call down fire from heaven and find ourselves describing revival in terms of Ananias and Sapphira. The sodium has one outer electron and chloride has seven. Both are unstable because atoms in this size seek a stable configuration of eight electrons otherwise it is incomplete. There must be a balance between judgment and mercy, priest and king, male and female. In that way the explosive properties of imbalance are addressed and the preservative, beneficial properties of salt are available to us.
God told Abraham in Gen. 15:1 “I am your exceeding great reward …” the word reward here is the Hebrew word for salt. My grandmother mentored my father and often said “prayer without the word leads to fanaticism… the word without prayer leads to legalism…” We need balance. This can be difficult in a world where the most shrill voice is the one that attracts the most people. We have an appetite for extremes. But God is desiring to bring us into divine balance.
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