Bible Studies

Devotions

Testimonies

Games

Podcasts

My Christian Space

Leviticus Chapter Two, The Perfect Life Of Christ

In our study of Leviticus chapter two, we look at how the grain offering is a picture of the perfect life of Jesus. In chapter one, we looked at the burnt offering and the fact that it was a picture of the atoning death of Jesus Christ for our sins. Now, we look at the grain (meal) offering and how it represents His perfect life in the flesh on this earth.

Leviticus 2:1

'"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,"'

We are introduced to the grain offering and are reminded that it was offered with one of the other offerings including the burnt offering. We see that it is to be the finest flour and we have to remember that they did not have factories or equipment to grind the grain into flour. For most people, the grain would have been beaten by hand and it would have taken a considerable amount of time and effort. This is a reminder that, when we come to Christ for salvation, we are placing our will and our lives in His hands. We see that the offering was to have olive oil and incense on it. Olive oil is a picture of the anointing of the Holy Spirit. The incense was frankincense and this only let the smell out when it was crushed or bruised. This is a picture of the fact that the life of Christ was led by the will of the Father and that He would suffer for our sins. These offerings were presented every day and are a reminder that our walk, as Christians, involves a daily offering of our lives to God.

Leviticus 2:2 & 3

'"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 portion on the altar, a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 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."'

A portion was burnt on the altar and the rest was for the priests to eat. This reminds us that God wants to be given control of our lives but He also allows us to use much of the time to enjoy the things He has made.

Leviticus 2:4

'"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."'

Throughout the Bible, yeast is a picture of sin and heat or fire is a picture of trials and refinement. In the meal offering we see that Christ lived a sinless life on this earth but it was not without trials and temptations. The olive oil that is used in the preparation reminds us of the fact that it was a Spirit filled life led by the will of the Father.

Leviticus 2:5-7

'"If your grain offering is prepared on a griddle, it is to be made of the finest flour mixed with oil, and without yeast. Crumble it and pour oil on it; it is a grain offering. If your grain offering is cooked in a pan, it is to be made of the finest flour and some olive oil."'

Although baking takes longer, the griddle and the pan are still able to cook something. We are reminded that it is not the length of a life on this earth that matters but the quality of it. The quality is determined by following the Spirit.

Leviticus 2:8-10

'"Bring the grain offering made of these things to the Lord; present it to the priest, who shall take it to the altar. 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. 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."'

Most of the offering was given to the priests to sustain them and they were to eat it in the sanctuary. This is a reminder to us that the life of Christ has purchased everything that we need to sustain us. Many people spend a bunch of their time trying to chase after the things of this world and worrying about sustaining their family. Here, we see that God will supply when we trust in Him and the offering of Jesus Christ.

Leviticus 2:11 & 12

'"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. 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."'

This offering could not contain yeast or honey and that is because it is a picture of the earthly life of Jesus Christ. Yeast (leaven) is forbidden because it is associated with sin and Jesus had to be the perfect sacrifice. To be the perfect sacrifice, He had to be without defect (sin). Honey is associated with natural sweetness and was forbidden because it was used to cover over the natural taste of things. This was a picture of the fact that the truth was not to be "sugar-coated". That truth was the fact that man could not be made righteous through their own efforts but only through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Today, there are those that want to sugar-coat this truth in order to get along. We cannot do this and still trust in the fact that Jesus paid for our sins. It is also a reminder to us that our walk with Christ on this earth will not be one of compromise with this world. That does not glorify God and is not a pleasing aroma to Him.

Leviticus 2:13

'"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."'

Salt is a preservative and was a symbol of the lasting promises of God. This was to be added to all of the grain offerings and is a picture of the fact that Jesus is eternal.

Leviticus 2:14-16

'"If you bring a grain offering of firstfruits to the Lord, offer crushed heads of new grain roasted in the fire. Put oil and incense on it; it is a grain offering. 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."'

Grain that was the first and best part of the harvest was to be treated in a special way. This was because of the fact that Jesus was to be the firstfruits of the resurrection and these are a picture of Him.

Click to show more
Click to show more

Heartland Media LLC is a participant in the Amazon Affiliate program and, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases.

Read about what we do with the data we gather and the rules you agree to by using this website in our privacy policy.

Cookies help us deliver our services. By using our services, you agree to our use of cookies.