Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.
2 And when any will offer a meat offering unto the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil upon it, and put frankincense thereon:
2 And he shall bring it to Aaron’s sons the priests: and he shall take thereout his handful of the flour thereof, and of the oil thereof, with all the frankincense thereof; and the priest shall burn the memorial of it upon the altar, to be an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord:
3 And the remnant of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.
4 And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil.
5 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.
6 Thou shalt part it in pieces, and pour oil thereon: it is a meat offering.
7 And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in the fryingpan, it shall be made of fine flour with oil.
8 And thou shalt bring the meat offering that is made of these things unto the Lord: and when it is presented unto the priest, he shall bring it unto the altar.
9 And the priest shall take from the meat offering a memorial thereof, and shall burn it upon the altar: it is an offering made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord.
10 And that which is left of the meat offering shall be Aaron’s and his sons’: it is a thing most holy of the offerings of the Lord made by fire.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Today’s reading, the first 10 verses of Leviticus 2 describe what is known as the “meat offering” but it is not what we describe as “meat” today. It is apparently fine flour or breads or pastries made of fine flour. We learn in the reading that after a burnt offering is burn upon the altar to the Lord, producing once more a “sweet savour unto the LORD” , the remainder is to be for Aaron and his sons, the priests of the tabernacle.
It is clear to me that the Lord, in order to insure a fair priesthood for all of the people, has made Aaron and his sons the co-recipient of all gifts given by all by all the people. As the priests receive a portion of that offered to the Lord by everyone, they are beholden to no single one of the people and can thus be impartial.
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