Leviticus 6:17 (HCSB)
17 It must not be baked with yeast; I have assigned it as their portion from My fire offerings. It is especially holy, like the sin offering and the restitution offering.
Just like the previous section, which revisited the burnt offering, but from the priest perspective, this passage revisits the grain offering, also from the priests perspective.
There is not a whole lot that is new in Leviticus 6:14-18. There is some additional focus on the portion remaining, after the sacrificed amount, being food for Aaron and his sons. Even the portion that is eaten is to remain unleavened, symbolic of the holy nature of the offering overall. Additionally, it is to be eaten in a holy to be eaten in a holy place (Lev 6:16) and anything that touches it becomes holy (Lev 6:18). And again, it is restated that the grain offering is “like” the sin offering and restitution offering, in that it is especially holy.
The remainder of the passage, Leviticus 6:19-23, adds a new aspect to the grain offering not previously discussed along with the instructions for the laity. This part deals specifically with the offering of the priests themselves, which makes sense why it was not previously mentioned. This offering though, in contrast to the first part of the pericope, is to be wholly consumed on the altar, just as a burnt offering. So again, we see the comparison between the two, and the suggestion of their equality. It would seem that the difference between the priest’s offering and that of the laity is this: although both are offerings to the Lord, God chooses to take a portion of the laity offering and give it to the priests, whereas the priest’s offering is given to God without being redistributed (presumably because it would go right back to the priest).
Lord, thank You for loving and caring for all of us, and providing a way for us all to live eternally with You. Please guide us to sacrifice what You have originally given us, not for selfish reasons, like to get more back from You, but to honor and glorify You. Amen.