The Grain Offering

April 14, 2022 in Today's Worship by TGV

Leviticus 2: Worship Guide/ 3-BSG-2A, (Leviticus 2:)/ Theme: The Grain Offering/ Hymn: Break Thou the Bread of Life (SDAH 271).


 

Exploration: The Grain or Meal offering (A picture of Christ, the Bread of Life) – Read Lev. 2:1–16; Lev 6:14–23; Jn 6:35, 41, 48-58).

Reflection: “Leviticus 1-7 provides instructions for five basic kinds of sacrifices: burnt, grain, peace, sin, and trespass offerings. These differed in terms of whether some of their meat could be eaten by priests (only burnt offerings could not) and offerers (only peace offerings could), and where priests applied the blood (usually sides of altar, but sin offerings on altar horns). Why such variety? No single animal sacrifice could symbolize the richness of Christ’s sacrifice! For example, He was totally consumed (burnt offering), but we can spiritually partake of Him (peace offering). How could anyone literally “eat” what is “burned up”?”

Devotional Implication: “Grain and drink items often accompanied meat to make a gift of food (compare Gen 18:6-8; Num 15). Grain could represent Christ, “the bread of life” (John 6:35; Matt 26:26). In Leviticus 2, a grain offering without blood or flesh is a sacrifice because it involves transfer of something to the sacred domain of God for His use. This explains how Paul could urge Christians to “present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service” (Rom 12:1). We don’t need to die in order to be fully consecrated. We can be “living sacrifices” by giving our lives over to God for His service.” – (Dr. Roy Gane/ Andrews University).

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, Grain Offerings were simple gifts to Me. They did not have the purpose of gaining atonement. They were not a substitute for the “burnt offering” – (animal sacrifice) that atoned for sin, for “without the shedding of blood there is no remission of sin” (Heb. 9: 22). This is why I rejected the fruit sacrifice of Cain but accepted the animal sacrifice of Abel. Yes, I welcome your sacrifices, but they must be appropriate. For example, if you return ‘tithe’ but care less about ‘offering’ that is not pleasing Me: it must be both (Mal. 3:8, 9, 10; cf. Mt 23:23). The purpose of Grain Offering was dedication/consecration. This should remind you of Jesus Christ, who was wholly devoted to My will, purposes, and commands. It also represents Christ, “the Bread of Life” (Jn. 6:35, 48). Oh, that you repent your sins, devote yourself to do My biddings, and accept Jesus Christ that He may sustain your life! Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to – Give the offering to God as an act of joy and thanksgiving (Lev 2:1); As an act of dedication and dependence upon Him (Lev 2:2); As an act of support for His servants: the priests, pastors, gospel workers, etc. (Lev 2:3); Give the offering to God with careful thought and attention (Lev 2:4-7); Give the offering to God through His representatives: the priest (local Church, Conference, Lev 2:8-10); and Give the offering to God with a pure heart (Lev 2:11-13).

Have A Blessed Day: “Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise. Be thankful to Him and bless His name.” (Psalm 100:4, NKJV)

 


Worship Through Singing: Break Thou the Bread of Life (SDAH 271).

1
Break thou the bread of life, dear Lord, to me,
as thou didst break the loaves beside the sea;
beyond the sacred page I seek thee, Lord;
my spirit pants for thee, O Living Word!

2
Bless thou the truth, dear Lord, to me, to me,
as thou didst bless the bread by Galilee;
then shall all bondage cease, all fetters fall;
and I shall find my peace, my all in all.

3
Thou art the bread of life, O Lord, to me;
Thy holy Word the truth That saveth me;
Give me to eat and live With Thee above;
Teach me to love Thy truth, For Thou art love.

4
Spirit and life are they, Words Thou dost speak;
I hasten to obey, But I am weak;
Thou art my only help, Thou art my life;
Heeding Thy holy Word I win the strife.

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