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Leviticus Chapter 2


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GiGi's Leviticus Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 10/03/2022, 8:37pm...

Leviticus Chapter 2


The Holy Spirit worked within the Israelites to help them complete the tabernacle. I believe it is most likely that He also enlightened them in understanding the significance and efficacy of these sacrifices and offerings. We just do not know for sure what these people experienced at that particular time. But God is good and works things for good for those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. He had a purpose for this chosen nation. Salt, the preservative, the Holy Spirit, the Preserver, must have been working in this nation because if He was not, on their own humanness, their faith, zeal, and service to God would have diminished and eventually died out. But these were preserved in this nation until Christ came. And then these ordinances were no longer needed, since the Holy Spirit indwells all believers and brings about all that these ordinances brought to the believers. The Jewish nation rejected Jesus, their Messiah, so the Holy Spirit withdrew from them and their worship. And, then, in 66, 70 and 145 A.D. Jerusalem was completed taken over, ransacked, and razed by the Romans. Million + Jews were killed. Many fled the area. The Temple was burned and almost totally demolished (the wailing wall is all that is left).

The temple services were stopped. The ordinances ceased since there was not longer a Tabernacle for them to be performed in.

God's Presence was no longer among the Jews. Most of the Jews other tribes had been long scattered across the globe, preventing a centralized culture, religious life, and national identity of these people for almost 2 millennia. Even with the re-establishment of the nation of Israel in 1948, God has not necessarily renewed His favor nor Presence among these people.

Though His Covenant will be fulfilled before the end of days, He has not worked among these people like He did in the days of Moses in the time between leaving Egypt and arriving at Canaan. Will He do so once again?


GiGi's Leviticus Chapter 2 comment about verse 12 on 10/03/2022, 8:15pm...

Leviticus Chapter 2

Salt also was an expensive element. Therefore, it would bring even more value to the offering because of its inherent worth and usefulness. The Holy Spirit does empower our service, preserve our faith, purify our hearts from our sin when we bring it to God (as in the meat offering) through Jesus. The Holy Spirit must be present in our lives if we are to come before the Father and find favor instead of wrath. So, unbelievers' efforts to bring an offering or sacrifice are futile and rejected by God. Salt makes what is bland and ordinary something satisfying and rich in flavor. So, the work of the Holy Spirit takes simple humans who are so small in comparison to the grandeur of God and raises us up to be more Christ-like by His sanctifying work.

This chapter really spoke to me tonight. Much to be gleaned from it, for me. God does not need anything from us. There is nothing we can give Him that He does not already possess in infinite measure and perfection. He is altogether self-existing and self-sufficient. He is the ultimate Giver. But He knew that offering these sacrifices (ch.1) and offerings (ch.2) would greatly benefit His people. We think we are serving Him, but really He is serving us. He is ever benevolent to those He has chosen for Himself. He works all things for good to those who love Him and are called by His purpose.

While the sacrifices in Chapter 1 were for sin; the offerings of this Chapter are for expressing gratitude and acknowledging God's provision for us in all that we need and then some! Praise and glory to our God who loves us so and teaches us what we cannot learn of ourselves. Here He teaches the Israelites many lessons in these chapters describing these sacrifices and offerings. I wonder how much He opened their minds to understanding beyond their abilities in these things. In the final chapters of Exodus it says that people were filled with the Holy Spirit to have understanding and skill to make the tabernacle.


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