Directions concerning the meal - offerings.
- Of fine flour with oil and frankincense, ver. 1 - 11.
- Of the first fruits, ver. 12 - 16.
|2:1||A meal - offering - (Not meat - offering, an ancient false print, which has run thro' many editions of our bible.) This was of two kinds, the one joined with other offerings, Numbers 15:4 ,7,10, which was prescribed, together with the measure or proportion of it: the other, of which this place speaks, was left to the offerer's good will both for the thing, and for the quantity. And the matter for this offering was things without life, as meal, corn, or cakes. Now this sort of sacrifices were appointed, ||2:2||He shall take - That priest to whom he brought it, and who is appointed to offer it. The memorial - That part thus selected and offered; which is called a memorial, either ||2:3||Sons - To be eaten by them, Leviticus 6:16 .Most holy - Or such as were to be eaten only by the priests, and that only in the holy place near the altar.||2:4||In the oven - Made in the sanctuary for that use.||2:6||In pieces - Because part of it was offered to God, and part given to the priests.||2:11||No leaven - Namely, in that which is offered of free - will; for in other offerings it might be used, Leviticus 7:13 , 23:17.This was forbidden, partly to mind them of their deliverance out of Egypt, when they were forced thro' haste to bring away their meal or dough (which was the matter of this oblation) unleavened; partly to signify what Christ would be, and what they should be, pure and free from all error in the faith and worship of God, and from all hypocrisy, and malice or wickedness, all which are signified by leaven.Nor any honey - Either, ||2:12||Ye may offer them - Or either of them, leaven or honey.They shall not be burnt - But reserved for the priests.||2:13||Salt - To signify that incorruption of mind, and sincerity of grace, which in scripture is signified by salt, 9:49 , Col 4:6, and which is necessary in all them that would offer an acceptable offering to God. Or in testimony of that communion which they had with God in these exercises of worship; salt being the great symbol of friendship in all nations is called, either, ||2:14||First - fruits - Of thine own free - will; for there were other first - fruits, and that of several sorts, which were prescribed, and the time, quality, and proportion of them appointed by God.||2:16||Made by fire - The fire denotes that fervency of spirit, which ought to be in all our religious services. Holy love is the fire, by which all our offerings must be made: else they are not of a sweet savour to God.|