Scripture: verse 4
When you bring a grain offering which has been baked in the oven, it is to consist of either unleavened cakes made of fine flour mixed with olive oil or matzah (unleavened bread) spread with olive oil.
Observation: Maybe I’m just hungry, but this sounds…nice. Good bread and olive oil is such a wonderful food, soothing and stimulating at the same time. The comfort of the bread and the rich oil with just a hint of sharp flavor, along with maybe a little salt and herbs…delicious. It makes me happy just to think about.
Which is good, because grain offerings are about things that make us happy. There’s no blood involved, so this isn’t about atoning for sin. It’s an offering of worship, of gratitude, of trust. It’s about recognizing that God made the flour and the oil, and He’ll make more for me tomorrow. It’s about thanking Him for creating food, for making it delicious and soothing and enriching. He could have made up absorb nutrients from the air, but he gave us tongues and taste buds and all sorts of wonderful smells and flavors.
It’s probably also about communing with God. Yeshua later promises to come in and eat with us (Revelation 3:20). He wants the intimacy of sharing a meal. When God spoke these words, people had to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem, but now we are not confined to a given location, but must “worship in spirit and in truth” (John 4:23).
God gives us good things. He made food for us to enjoy. He wants us to enjoy them with Him.
Application: Invite God to join you in your pleasures. A good book, a long walk, a nice meal and a glass of wine – He longs to share these things with us.
Prayer: Father, thank you for providing things that make me happy. Thank you for caring how my day goes and how my food tastes and what the weather is like. I praise you for all these things are fearfully and wonderfully made. Thank you for making them for me. Amen.