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Meat Offering

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Meat offering. The law or ceremonial of the Meat [Meal] Offering is described in Leviticus 2:1 and Leviticus 6:14-23. It was to be composed of fine flour, seasoned with salt and mixed with oil and frankincense, but without leaven; and it was generally accompanied by a drink offering of wine. A portion of it, including all the frankincense, was to be burnt on the altar as "a memorial;" the rest belonged to the priest; but the Meat [Meal] Offerings offered by the priests themselves were to be wholly burnt.

Its meaning appears to be exactly expressed in the words of David. 1 Chronicles 29:10-14. It will be seen that this meaning involves neither of the main ideas of sacrifices - the atonement for sin and self-dedication to God. It takes them for granted, and is based on them. Rather, it expresses gratitude and love to God as the giver of all.

Accordingly, the Meat [Meal] Offering, properly so called, seems always to have been a subsidiary offering, needing to be introduced by the Sin Offering which represented the one idea, and to have formed an appendage to the Burnt Offering, which represented the other. The unbloody offerings offered alone did not properly belong to the regular Meat [Meal] Offerings; they were usually substitutes for other offerings. Compare Leviticus 5:11; Numbers 5:15. See Meat.

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Smith, William, Dr. Entry for 'Meat Offering'. Smith's Bible Dictionary. 1901.

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