“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. THE MEAL OFFERINGS
While the burnt offering speaks of some of the features of our Lord Jesus Christ having primarily in view the establishment of the will and the pleasure of God, the meal offering speaks, not so much of the death of our Lord Jesus Christ, but of the perfection of His Manhood. From the moment He was born into this world until He left by way of death, that is, His perfect pathway in Manhood, He ever gave delight in every movement to the heart of God. While we emphasize the fact of His life, it is not that we think He has changed in the glory, but it is more that, that which came down here from Heaven is a testimony in the sphere of every responsibility that is before us in this Meal Offering in Leviticus 2.
There came a time (Numbers 15:1-16) when God brought in through Moses another commandment, that no Burnt Offering was ever to be offered without a Meal Offering, and its inclusion in Numbers (the book where the pathway and the wilderness, with all its testings are detailed) is striking. The teaching would seem to be that the Son of God could never have been the true Burnt Offering had the features of the Meal Offering not constantly underlied it. That is, had He not been in every step of His pathway perfect in His subjection to the Father, dependence, obedient Manhood; He never could have been the great sacrifice that has brought us eternal delight and glory to the heart of God. While we know that only by His death could God have been glorified and carried out His pleasure in relation to man, we must remember that in the life of Christ there is the setting forth of all that man should be for the praise and for the glory of God.
Historically, we might have thought that the Meal Offering would come first; His life before His death, but man’s approach to God can only begin by the death of Christ. It is not until we do stand in acceptance with God on the ground of the Burnt Offering(Christ being constantly pleasing to God), that we can understand in any way the perfection of the life of Christ. Unfortunately, some try to get the gain of His life without any idea of the effect of His death, but this can never be done. But for those of us now accepted in the Beloved, as the fruit of His death, we are capable of turning back to the record in the Gospels and witnessing that perfect life in His perfect Manhood led up to His all sufficient death when He died upon the cross. So the Meal Offering (or oblation or food offering) speaks of the perfect Manhood of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In Leviticus 2:11 the bible says, “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.” In scripture, leaven always speaks of evil. It is mentioned six times in the New Testament – four times in the gospels, and twice in the epistles. There was to be no leaven in the Meal Offering. In Jesus Christ who is the True image of the Meal Offering, there was no idolatry(leaven) in His life (Matthew 4:10), God was the only object of His service in this world. There was no leaven of the Pharisees (hypocrisy) in Christ’s life (John 8:25), Christ was just who He said He was. There was no Herodian leaven in Him, nor the leaven of evil practice as at Corinth – “Which of you convincteth Me of sin?” (John 8:46). His practice was perfect in the sight of God. And finally, in Galatians 5:9, there was no evil doctrine in Christ’s life, “The doctrine is not mine, but [the Father’s] who sent Me” (John 7:16). So beloved, wherever we look, in whatever sense we want to see it, not one trace of any leaven was ever seen in the Son of God; in His absolute, Holy, sinless perfection in this world. Likewise, we in Christ are as perfect as He is, because He is in us, and as Christ is, so are we in this world. Hallelujah!
(Watch out for Part 3 on the Peace Offerings)
I Love You!
Oh Father, glorify me in the Glory with which You Glorified Jesus Christ, that I will walk a life worthy and hidden in Christ Jesus. Amen.