Note: at the end of today’s Portion of Bible Text, you will find my thoughts on the verses. B.K.)
11 No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the Lord, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the Lord made by fire.
12 As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the Lord: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour.
13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
14 And if thou offer a meat offering of thy firstfruits unto the Lord, thou shalt offer for the meat offering of thy firstfruits green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.
15 And thou shalt put oil upon it, and lay frankincense thereon: it is a meat offering:
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading we learned that the Lord’s instructions are that none of the “meat” offerings be leaven. Just as in the time of the Passover, all the burnt offerings are to be free of leaven. We now also learn that honey is also to be eschewed in the burnt offerings.
The Lord also instructs that the firstfruits that are to be offered to the Lord must not be used as burnt offerings. Although still referred to as a “meat” offering the firstfruits are ordered to be “green ears of corn dried by the fire, even corn beaten out of full ears.”
I may be in error, but it seems that this means the firstfruits are grain and that the fact that it says “even corn” may well mean those perfectly formed without blemish. As in many cases in the Lord’s instructions to the Israelites, this would protect from the introduction of any blemished or diseased corn when the “firstfruits” were sacrificed.
It is even possible—at least in my mind—that having such “firstfruits” on hand might serve as a repository of healthy seed if the crops were to become contaminated by disease. This would depend, of course, on whether the priests kept a store of such “firstfruits” and did not immediately make use of the grain. Perhaps somewhere later we will learn more about the use of the “firstfruits.”
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