In the first chapter of Leviticus God laid down the rules on how to properly bring Him a burnt offering. If it’s not done properly, God won’t find the aroma pleasing. Don’t mess with God when it comes to the smell of burning flesh! Chapter 2 brings us the grain offering. Will God enjoy the pleasing aroma of grain more or less than burnt animal flesh?
“When anyone brings a grain offering to the Lord, their offering is to be of the finest flour.” – Leviticus 2:1
Just as with the burnt offering, God commands only the finest ingredients. Offer God less than the best flour and He will rain His wrath down on you like none other!!! The Israelites are suffering yet God commands them to give what they don’t have.
“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.” – Leviticus 2:2-3
Yep, God finds burning grain pleasing. Worse, however, is God took food from the Israelites and burned it. What a waste! These people need that food to survive! The food that isn’t burnt goes to Aaron and his sons. Oh, how convenient for Aaron! This is simply ridiculous. It’s the rich taking from the poor and telling the poor they will receive God’s word if only they give more of what they don’t have. Disgusting.
“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.” – Leviticus 2:11
God does not find yeast a pleasing aroma.
After reading Leviticus 2, I am a much smarter person! No longer am I offering God bread made with yeast. I can’t believe I was doing it wrong all these years! Please God, forgive me, for I have sinned! LOL! This chapter amazes me. Israelites, many who are poor and have nothing to give lest they go hungry, are forced to give away food, some of which is just wasted in a burnt offering and the rest is given over to Aaron and his sons. Aaron and his sons are the Koch brothers of today’s society.
Coming Soon: Leviticus – Chapter 3: The Fellowship Offering