When anyone offers a grain offering to the Lord, his offering shall be of fine flour. And he shall pour oil on it, and put frankincense on it. (Leviticus 2:1)
If the offering of a turtle dove or pigeon was considered the poor man’s offering, the meal offering (in Hebrew מנחה minchah) as the offering made by the poorest of the poor. This is presented as such in Judaism because, it is assumed, only the very poorest of people would bring a meal offering instead of an animal or bird. Viewing it in this light, consider that the poorest of the poor focus on one temporal goal – how to feed my family. Consequently, the meal offering represented what was most important to those who fell into this category.
Interestingly, the Hebrew translated as, “When any one” is literally, “When any soul.” Thus it is believed, because the poorest of the poor gave what was most precious to them, in temporal means, God views this person’s offering as if he offered his soul. Again, we are reminded of the offering made by the widow of which Yeshua took note. According to Him, she gave more than anyone else that day because she gave out of her poverty “all that she had” (Mark 12:41-44).
In reality, she gave from her heart all that she possibly could which, in the eyes of the Almighty, is far more valuable than all the riches the wealthy could accumulate if put together. So, if we were able to measure the value of her gift compared with all the money in the world, it seems that a single heart that is willing, generous and obedient outweighs all the gold and silver that exists in this world. That is a powerful thing to consider and, consequently, reveals to us the heart of God. The message of the Bible boils down to this: God loves us unconditionally and without any limits and He is looking for those who will love Him in the same manner. I so desperately want to be one who can say that I do without hesitation. How about you?
Blessings and Shalom,