Leviticus 2* The meat-offering of flour. (1-11) The offering offirst-fruits. (12-16)1-11 Meat-offerings may typify Christ, as presented to God forus, and as being the Bread of life to our souls; but they ratherseem to denote our obligation to God for the blessings ofprovidence, and those good works which are acceptable to God.The term "meat" was, and still is, properly given to any kind ofprovision, and the greater part of this offering was to be eatenfor food, not burned. These meat-offerings are mentioned afterthe burnt-offerings: without an interest in the sacrifice ofChrist, and devotedness of heart to God, such services cannot beaccepted. Leaven is the emblem of pride, malice, and hypocrisy,and honey of sensual pleasure. The former are directly opposedto the graces of humility, love, and sincerity, which Godapproves; the latter takes men from the exercises of devotion,and the practice of good works. Christ, in his character andsacrifice, was wholly free from the things denoted by leaven;and his suffering life and agonizing death were the veryopposites to worldly pleasure. His people are called to follow,and to be like him. 12-16 Salt is required in all the offerings. God herebyintimates to them that their sacrifices, in themselves, wereunsavoury. All religious services must be seasoned with grace.Christianity is the salt of the earth. Directions are givenabout offering their first-fruits at harvest. If a man, with athankful sense of God's goodness in giving him a plentiful crop,was disposed to present an offering to God, let him bring thefirst ripe and full ears. Whatever was brought to God must bethe best in its kind, though it were but green ears of corn. Oiland frankincense must be put upon it. Wisdom and humility softenand sweeten the spirits and services of young people, and theirgreen ears of corn shall be acceptable. God takes delight in thefirst ripe fruits of the Spirit, and the expressions of earlypiety and devotion. Holy love to God is the fire by which allour offerings must be made. The frankincense denotes themediation and intercession of Christ, by which our services areaccepted. Blessed be God that we have the substance, of whichthese observances were but shadows. There is that excellency inChrist, and in his work as Mediator, which no types and shadowscan fully represent. And our dependence thereon must be soentire, that we must never lose sight of it in any thing we do,if we would be accepted of God.
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