March 26, 2020


Read – Leviticus 2

What does it say?
The grain offering consisted of fine flour, oil, incense, and salt but no yeast or honey. The priests burned a handful on the altar as a memorial portion and ate the rest.

What does it mean?
The grain offering was a voluntary expression of devotion and gratitude. It also acted as provision for the priests. As the people willingly gave back to God, those who served Him by occupation were provided for. The preparation of the offering is rich with symbolism. The fine flour represents the perfection of the coming Messiah; oil—the Spirit of God; yeast (leaven)—evil and sin; and salt—the (incorruptible) Covenant of God. The incense added to the cakes made them different from everyday meal preparation. It wasn’t just the act of worship that was pleasing to God but also the attitude of thanksgiving in which His people approached the offering.

How should I respond?
No one wants to be around an ungrateful, complaining person. The key to guarding your heart against ingratitude is found in the symbolism of the grain offering: deliberately live in the presence of Christ under the control of the Holy Spirit and weed out intentional sin in your life. As your devotion to God increases, so does the desire to be grateful. For what provision from God are you specifically thankful today? How will you willingly give back to Him this week? When you recognize God’s provision in your life, it’s natural to present it back to Him with an attitude of gratitude.