And when any will offer a meat offering to the LORD, his offering shall be of fine flour; and he shall pour oil on it…
In ver. 3 we find one of the points of contrast between the burnt-offering and the meat-offering. No part of the burnt-offering was to be eaten. It was called the Holah (ascending offering) because it was all made to ascend upon the altar, whereas in the meat-offering all that remained after the burning of that which the priest's hand had grasped, was allowed. to be eaten by the priests. The great thoughts connected with these offerings are — first, the satisfaction of the claim of God's holiness by expiatory death; secondly, the presentation of that which by its perfectness satisfies the claim of God's altar, as it seeks for an offering of sweet savour; thirdly, the provision of something to comfort, feed, and strengthen us. In the two first cases the thought is directed from the altar towards God; in the latter case we are taught to consider that which God from His altar ministers to us. In the burnt-offering the two first of these, viz., expiation and acceptableness, are made the prominent thoughts; but in the meat-offering the second and third, viz., acceptableness and provision of food for us predominate.
(B. W. Newton.)
Parallel VersesKJV: 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: