Leviticus 2 : Grain Offering

March 11, 2024 ·

A grain offering must consist of fine flour, oil, and incense. Part of it is burned, and the remainder is kept by the priests.

If it’s cooked, it must not contain yeast (or honey). An offering should always be made with salt.

Key verse:
13. You shall season all your grainofferings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God bemissing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt.

My thoughts:
Often, when something is made specifically for God, yeast is forbidden. Yeast was not considered unclean or untouchable, in contrast to pork, but it was seen as an imperfection in offerings to God. Refraining from using it was also seen as an act of dedication to God, following the discipline of simplicity.

There is an interesting statement about the “salt of the covenant” in this chapter, which I don’t completely understand. It makes for an intriguing comparison to the “salt of the earth” mentioned in the New Testament. Comments, anyone?

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