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eating blood

October 29, 2016

This title will either prevent people from reading it or entice them with curiosity.  In my study of the word covering, I read Leviticus 17:10-14.

“‘I will be against any citizen of Israel or foreigner living with you who eats blood. I will cut off that person from the people. 11 This is because the life of the body is in the blood, and I have given you rules for pouring that blood on the altar to remove your sins so you will belong to the Lord. It is the blood that removes the sins, because it is life. 12 So I tell the people of Israel this: “None of you may eat blood, and no foreigner living among you may eat blood.”

13 “‘If any citizen of Israel or foreigner living among you catches a wild animal or bird that can be eaten, that person must pour the blood on the ground and cover it with dirt. 14 If blood is still in the meat, the animal’s life is still in it. So I give this command to the people of Israel: “Don’t eat meat that still has blood in it, because the animal’s life is in its blood. Anyone who eats blood must be cut off.” (New Century Version)

I know I’ve read this before, but The Quest Study Bible enlightened me on the reasons for these specific instructions.  Many people around the world consider the blood to be a part of their diet.  Both Wiccans and satan worshippers drink blood.  I have heard of immigrant farmers from the previous century that made Blood Pudding after butchering time.  Yet God takes the consumption of blood very seriously.  He did not want the Israelites to be influenced by these cultures and eat blood.  His reason is stated very clearly in the above verses.

Again back in The Quest Study Bible, verse 11 is explained.  The blood from an animal was evidence that the price had been paid so someone could be forgiven.  Another way to word it was that the person could now live and not have to pay for what they had done wrong.  Then when Jesus died on the cross, His blood was the ultimate sacrifice for us.  There is no need for an animal to die now.  All that needs to be done is to tell God that we know we’ve sinned, and to ask His blood to cover us in His forgiveness.

 

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