Apr 15, 2022 18:30pm
Just The Right Ingredients

Recently, my father in-law was diagnosed with diabetes. So, when the doctor said the diet had to change and our max of carbs was 30 grams per meal, we rose to meet the challenge.

We began searching out which foods were highest in carbs, sugars and what could replace certain staples. Pinterest, of course, was a huge help with tons of recipes.

We found one for an almond cookie with jam in the middle. It kind of resembled a small tart. As we read the recipe, we thought, we have most of that! So, we gathered up our ingredients and began to work.

A little of this and a little of that. A dash here and dash there. And add a pinch of salt.

For low-carb cookies, they weren’t bad. But, if I’m being honest, it wasn’t my favorite recipe. It was missing some of the best ingredients.

What’s your perfect recipe? Maybe you’ve made it so many times you’ve memorized it by heart. But it needs each thing on the list, or it just doesn’t turn out right.

God was showing the Israelites the perfect recipe for the grain offerings.

“And if thou bring an oblation of a meat offering baken in the oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mingled with oil, or unleavened wafers anointed with oil. And if thy oblation be a meat offering baken in a pan, it shall be of fine flour unleavened, mingled with oil.” (Leviticus 2:4-5)

“No meat offering, which ye shall bring unto the LORD, shall be made with leaven: for ye shall burn no leaven, nor any honey, in any offering of the LORD made by fire. As for the oblation of the firstfruits, ye shall offer them unto the LORD: but they shall not be burnt on the altar for a sweet savour. And every oblation of thy meat offering shalt thou season with salt; neither shalt thou suffer the salt of the covenant of thy God to be lacking from thy meat offering: with all thine offerings thou shalt offer salt.” (Leviticus 2:11-13)

3 ingredients stand out – leaven, oil and salt

Leaven – this represented sin. Leaven is yeast, a mold that grows and spreads just as sin does in our life. But the offerings to God were to be without leaven, just as our lives are to be without sin.

Oil- oil represented God’s presence. The smooth, rich substance was to be present in every offering, just as God is to be present in everything we do.

Salt- a reminder of Gods covenant with them. It was a symbol of His activity in their life, because it “penetrates, preserves and aids in healing”.

No sin, the presence of God, and His actions of penetrating our hearts, preserving us from exile and healing us of our sin and shortcomings.

Sounds like the perfect recipe to me!

Today, before you begin by jumping into everything that’s ahead, take a minute to stop and offer up a prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord for these things. Remember His covenant with you, choose Him instead of sin, and find ways to be the salt of the earth.

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