The following guide is a resource for your personal time of abiding with the Lord and for your Community Group when you meet. It can also be used for times with family or friends around the table. At the end of this guide is a resource from www.esv.org to help with our study of Leviticus.
VISION + STORIES- Take time to connect and be reminded of our shared vision- We are a people abiding in Christ, to join His vision of transformation in our homes, neighborhoods, work places and city.
_ What is one way you see the Lord working in the lives of those you are walking with to discover the gospel?
SING + PRAY- Take some time for song (guitar, hymn, acapella or read a Psalm) and extended prayer as an individual/community. A simple path of prayer is to pray through one of the Psalms as a group or use the acronym ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication).
DISCOVER (IN LARGE GROUP)
+ WHAT is this passage saying and what is a key truth or thought that I/we learn? (Use the questions interspersed through the passage to help make additional observations to clarify the main point)
[ Leviticus 2:11-16 ]
11 “No grain offering that you bring to the Lord shall be made with leaven, for you shall burn no leaven nor any honey as a food offering to the Lord. 12 As an offering of firstfruits you may bring them to the Lord, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing aroma. 13 You shall season all your grain offerings with salt. You shall not let the salt of the covenant with your God be missing from your grain offering; with all your offerings you shall offer salt. 14 “If you offer a grain offering of firstfruits to the Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits fresh ears, roasted with fire, crushed new grain. 15 And you shall put oil on it and lay frankincense on it; it is a grain offering. 16 And the priest shall burn as its memorial portion some of the crushed grain and some of the oil with all of its frankincense; it is a food offering to the Lord.
_ ( vs. 11-12) Why do you think leaven or honey are NOT to be included in the grain offering but can be included in the firstfruits offering? (Think about the properties of Leaven and Honey and the purpose of the grain offering, where else do we read of Leaven and Honey in the Scripture- Matthew 13.33, Exodus 3:6-8).
_ (vs.13) Why do are all grain offerings to be seasoned with salt? See 13b and think about the nature of salt, what it does. Where else do we read of salt in the Scripture (Matthew 5.13)?
_ (vs.14-16) What are some of the distinguishing elements of a grain offering that is devoted as a first fruits offering? Why would these instructions be different?
PROCESS (IN BREAKOUTS OF 2-3’S, GUYS/GIRLS)
+ HOW is the Lord calling me to action/obedience? Is there sin to confess, a next step to take, how has it gone since last time
_ How might you, in the details of your life, become more thankful in remembering the Lord’s provision for you through Christ?
+ WHO am I walking with and praying for to discover Jesus, what is my next step? (e.g., Build trust by spending time with them, set-up an intentional time to share your story, begin a discovery study on the teachings of Jesus with them)
STUDY GUIDE ( ESV Study Bible - www.esv.org )
_ Lev. 2:11–13 The worshipers are prohibited from burning leaven or honey on the altar, though the text does not explain why. They could, however, season their offerings with salt, which is described as the salt of the covenant. As a preservative, salt would remind them of the permanence of their covenant relationship with the Lord (see Num. 18:19).