Leviticus 2

Moses tells Israel's people what to do with gifts that are grain

1 A person may want to give grain as a gift to the LORD. He must make it into flour. He must put oil and incense on the flour. 2 He must take it to Aaron's sons, the priests. The priest will take some of the flour and oil and all the incense in his hand. He will burn them on the altar as a gift to the LORD. The smell of them while they are burning will give the LORD pleasure. 3 The flour that he did not burn is for the priests. It is very holy. That is because it is part of an offering to the LORD.

2:3This is the second ‘nice smell’ offering. It was for the purpose of fellowship.

4 A person must not use yeast if he bakes his gift of grain. He must make cakes or biscuits with flour and oil. 5 He must not use yeast if he cooks his cake on a flat plate. He must make it with flour and oil. 6 He must break the cake into pieces. He must pour oil on it. It is a gift to God. 7 A person must use flour and oil to cook the cake in a pot. 8 He must give the cake to the priest. The priest will take it to the altar. 9 He will take a piece of it and he will burn it in the fire. It is a gift to the LORD. The smell of it while it is burning will give the LORD pleasure. 10 The part of the cake that he did not burn is for the priests. That is because it is most holy, part of a burnt offering to the LORD.

11 A person must not use yeast when he gives a gift of grain to the LORD. He must not give yeast or honey for the priests to burn as gifts to the LORD. 12 He can give them as the first part of his harvest. He must not burn them on the fire. He cannot use them to give the LORD pleasure. 13 A person must put salt in all his gifts of grain. Salt is a mark of God's promise to Israel's people.

2:13People in the east ‘ate salt’ together when they were friends. They poured a little salt onto bread when they ate together. Salt made this offering a friendship offering. It was for the purpose of fellowship.

14 A person may want to give the first part of his harvest to the LORD. He must break the grains into pieces and he must cook them in a fire. 15 They are a gift, so he must put oil and incense on them. 16 The priest will burn a part of the grain with all the incense. It is a burnt offering to the LORD.