The Grain Offering
2 “‘When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour. They are to pour olive oil on it, put incense on it 2 and take it to Aaron’s sons the priests. The priest shall take a handful of the flour and oil, together with all the incense, and burn this as a memorial[a] portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 3 The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the Lord.
4 “‘If you bring a grain offering baked in an oven, it is to consist of the finest flour: either thick loaves made without yeast and with olive oil mixed in or thin loaves made without yeast and brushed with olive oil. 5 If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. 6 Crumble it and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. 7 If your grain offering is cooked in a pan, it is to be made of the finest flour and some olive oil. 8 Bring the grain offering made of these things to the Lord; present it to the priest, who shall take it to the altar. 9 He shall take out the memorial portion from the grain offering and burn it on the altar as a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 10 The rest of the grain offering belongs to Aaron and his sons; it is a most holy part of the food offerings presented to the Lord.
11 “‘Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast,for you are not to burn any yeast or honey in a food offering presented to the Lord. 12 You may bring them to the Lord as an offering of the firstfruits, but they are not to be offered on the altar as a pleasing aroma. 13 Season all your grain offerings with salt. Do not leave the salt of the covenant of your God out of your grain offerings; add salt to all your offerings.
14 “‘If you bring a grain offering of firstfruits to the Lord, offer crushed heads of new grain roasted in the fire. 15 Put oil and incense on it; it is a grain offering. 16 The priest shall burn the memorial portion of the crushed grain and the oil, together with all the incense, as a food offering presented to the Lord.
Today we take a look at the grain offering. Grain… one of the great necessities and benefits to man. We use grain for a lot of things. Practically anything carb … our cereals, pastas, breads, rices, oats, sweets (my favorite🙃) ! but we do love our bread and butter don’t we? That’s why it was acceptable to honor God with grain. Even the poorest of people could bring a offering and God wanted them to be able to bring offerings to him as well. This voluntary offering that was burnt as a handful of grain was placed on the fire with oil and Frankincense with the smoke rising to heaven and the rest given to the priests so they could make bread for their families. The emphasis of the grain offering was gratitude and it was the most holy of offerings showing the high regard that God has for our thankfulness.
There are four types of grain offerings: raw flour or cooked, baked or fried breads. Bringing this offering was a voluntary expression of worship. There was to be no leaven (yeast) or honey in this bread as those things represented sin. Unleavened cakes or wafers baked at home and brought to the priests recognizing God‘s faithfulness and provisions to them.
Sacrifices are ancient expressions of faith. Proof of a persons love and reverence for God with their best intentions in mind. The voluntary offerings were burnt, grain and peace. The mandatory offerings were for sin and guilt.
The grain offering is our worship today. A voluntary offering to the Lord because God loves us to worship him. Worship is important. It’s a willing heart praising God and acknowledging who he is. So today crank up some worship music and offer that voluntary praise to God he not only loves it but it will lift you up and bring you closer to him.
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