Leviticus 2: God is Special
I think that we are going to run into a lot of parallel passages as we go through Leviticus. Today in Chapter 2, something particularly caught my eye as we are still talking about the meat offering.
Lev 2:13 And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.
This might bring another passage to mind about salt.
Mat 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Again, the purpose of salt is to add flavor, and the New Testament passage I mentioned is basically saying that Christians need to act like Christians and not lose their flavor so to speak. What makes Christians different every act like everyone else?
Similarly, in order to be a proper meat offering, there needed to be salt. I don’t think that God necessarily cared about the physical flavor of the sacrifice, but perhaps it is the same idea as the New Testament.
The offering needed to be somewhat different and special. Adding salt to the meat and preparing it the right way took a little more time and care. This type of attention is what we need to give to God.
That is obviously the application when you look at the passage in this way. In both of these passages, salt is mentioned to make something different than something else. This can extend to anything we do for God as our sacrifice since we are supposed to be living sacrifices.
It is important to do everything in the right mindset. God is incredibly special, and we need to remember that. He should be our number one priority.