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The grain offering is the only sacrifice that was 'bloodless" and did not involve any death. The grain sacrifice is a gift to God that honors him as the source of all food and provision. It was a poor person's sacrifice. If someone was not wealthy enough to own livestock, God provided for an alternative type of burnt offering (Lev. 5:11). This would be keeping with God's compassion for the poor. As we saw in Leviticus chapter 1 there are three types of animals mentioned: bull, goats or sheep, and a dove or pigeon. These different types of animals allowed everyone, rich or poor, to participate in the sacrifice. And if a person was extremely poor, the grain offering would allow them to participate too. I love this aspect of Leviticus: all are welcome at God's altar. As a legislative system it makes every attempt to be fair to the marginalized -- the poor and women. It reminds me of the story of the widow's offering in Luke 21:1-4. In this story, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. He then said, "truly... this poor widow has put in more than all the others. All these people gave their
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