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1 “When anyone brings a grain offering as an offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. He shall pour oil on it and put frankincense on it 2 and bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests. And he shall take from it a handful of the fine flour and oil, with all of its frankincense, and the priest shall burn this as its memorial portion on the altar, a food offering with a pleasing aroma to the Lord. 3 But the rest of the grain offering shall be for Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the Lord’s food offerings.
11 “No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey as a food offering to the Lord. 12 As an offering of firstfruits you may bring them to the Lord, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing aroma. 13 You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.
14 “If you offer a grain offering of firstfruits to the Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits fresh ears, roasted with fire, crushed new grain. 15 And you shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. 16 And the priest shall burn as its memorial portion some of the crushed grain and some of the oil with all of its frankincense; it is a food offering to the Lord.
- This chapter deals with regulations concerning grain offering.
- The term translated “grain offering” suggests that the sacrifice is a gift recognizing that the everyday diet of grain is a gift from God. Grain offering represents our tithing to the Lord. We receive all that we have from God and give a portion back to him to show our thanksgiving and to acknowledge God’s grace to us.
- Salt was the primary preservative in the ancient Near East. The reference to salt emphasizes the abiding nature of God’s covenant with ancient Israel. Salt seasoned and preserved the grain offering; the preservative quality leads to the association with a preserved or irrevocable covenant relationship.
- In what way do I offer symbolic grain offering to God?
LORD, I come to you to worship. It is entirely due to you that I was called into this covenantal relationship with you. Help me not to forget your grace in my daily busy life.