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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Leviticus 2: The Meat Offering


Good morning girls!
Wow! Leviticus is hard going, isn't it? But we are NOT going to give up, are we?! This is only the second chapter and I'm sure some of you are thinking, 'maybe I'll just wait until Leviticus is over and then start back again'. Please try and persevere. You may not know what blessings you'll miss out on, maybe even something that the Lord has specifically for YOU, if you give up now. Remember, we're all in this together. I'd be happy for any of you to click on the comment button at the bottom of each post, if you have something you'd like to add that I didn't see, or maybe something that blessed your heart. Please share it with the rest of us. 

I had to look up a couple of commentaries to help me with this because there is a lot of symbolism, so I can't take all the credit for what you read today (Matthew Henry and Andrew Bonar).

So let's look at five particular words that have occurred more than once in this chapter and that have special meanings. Always keep in mind that these laws and offerings point continuously to the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave His life a sacrifice for us.

"Fine flour" - the best of the wheat was chosen and it would have had to have been beaten down for quite a long time to get it to the quality and standard of 'fineness'. This reminds us of the Lord Jesus Christ who was beaten and bruised as He bore our sins. There is no one finer or more perfect than Him. He was God's chosen one, the only one who could do the task of saving filthy sinners, because He was the beloved Son, in whom God was well pleased. 

"Oil" in the Bible generally refers to the Holy Spirit; any gifts or service we offer to the Lord must be sanctified by the Holy Spirit. We need His gracious sanctification in our lives to make our work acceptable to a holy God. We read in verse 1 that the oil was to be poured on, not sprinkled on. Pouring something denotes a lot, not just a wee bit, so we need to be covered and filled with the blessed Holy Spirit's power and presence to be able to serve the Lord.

Frankincense
"Frankincense" speaks of the sweet smelling fragrance that we should be emitting to all of those around us. It also speaks of 'prayer' in the Scriptures, so I take it from this that as Christians we should spend time in prayer and then others will know by our life and testimony that we have been with the Lord.  

"Salt" - preserves food; gives taste and flavour to our food. We need to preserve our testimony, by keeping close to God and trying to obey Him and glorify Him at all times. Salt makes a difference to the taste of our food and we should make a difference in the lives of others. Salt is also a natural healer - when I wasn't well last month with a really sore throat, I gargled with salt and water and it really helped. As a Christian, are you someone who brings healing to others by your kind and generous and caring spirit? A kind word or gesture can make all the difference in the world to someone; this is something that we can all do.

These are four things that we should have as part of our Christian lives. But we also need to take note of something that God doesn't want us to have - "leaven". Leaven in the Scriptures speaks of malice, pride and hypocrisy, all condemned by God. In the New Testament when Christ was ministering to the people, He often talked about leaven and usually it was in reference to the Pharisees. This is why they hated Him so much. He knew what they were really like and He warned the people about them. They looked good on the outside but on the inside there was nothing but sinful pride in their hearts. We need to be careful not to be like the Pharisees.

Prayer matters:
  • Ask the Lord to fill your heart and life with His Holy Spirit so that you can be a vessel fit for His use.
  • Ask Him to remove any 'leaven' that may be in your heart and to cleanse you and make you more like the Saviour.
  • Pray that He will lead you into prayer with Himself so that others will know you have spent time in His presence.
Hugs, Karen x

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