Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Grain Offering

(This should have been posted during Week 15 but since I had so many internet problems it never happened)

When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour.
And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it.
Leviticus 2:1

The second offering described in Leviticus 2 involves no bloodshed.
The "fine flour" being offered speaks of Jesus' life instead of His death.
Jesus the Christ lived a perfect, sinless life.
He lived out the sacrifice of flawless humanity.

The Bible says that Jesus was tempted just as we are tempted yet did not sin.
[Hebrews 2:18 and 4:15]

Even before the "mortar and pestle" of Calvary, He submitted, not to His will, but to the will of the Father.
[Matthew 26:39 & 42]

And with the oil of the Holy Spirit and the frankincense of His prayers, Jesus the Bread of Life of the finest flour-- lived a life that was pure, holy, upright.

In other words, perfect.

Yes, He lived that perfect life so He could be that perfect Burnt Offering, the perfect sacrifice.

As we break bread in communion and acknowledge that He traded His perfect life in substitution for our very less than perfect one, we are reminded again that God sees us in Christ.

He doesn't see our sins.

He doesn't see our faults.

He doesn't see our failings.

When we are covered by the blood of Jesus, hidden in Christ, God the Father sees the perfect life that Jesus lived for us.


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