Leviticus 17
______________________
Life is in the blood
Text
Comments
 1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
 2  Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, and unto all the children of Israel, and say unto them; This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded, saying,
.3  What man soever there be of the house of Israel, that killeth an ox, or lamb, or goat, in the camp, or that killeth it out of the camp,
 4  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer an offering unto the LORD before the tabernacle of the LORD; blood shall be imputed unto that man; he hath shed blood; and that man shall be cut off from among his people:
  3,4 - Bringeth it not What lesson would have been despised by not bringing the animal?
.5  To the end that the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices, which they offer in the open field, even that they may bring them unto the LORD, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest, and offer them for peace offerings unto the LORD.
 6  And the priest shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar of the LORD at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and burn the fat for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
.7  And they shall no more offer their sacrifices unto devils, after whom they have gone a whoring. This shall be a statute for ever unto them throughout their generations.
  5 - Their sacrifices "'They' is supposed by some commentators to refer to the Egyptians, so that the verse will stand thus: 'the children of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they (the Egyptians) offer in the open field.' The law is thought to have been directed against those whose Egyptian habits led them to imitate this idolatrous practice." (JFB)
.8  And thou shalt say unto them, Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers which sojourn among you, that offereth a burnt offering or sacrifice,
 9  And bringeth it not unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, to offer it unto the LORD; even that man shall be cut off from among his people.
  Offereth ... bringeth not Apparently all animal slaughter should be under the supervision of the priests making it a semi-religious act. God was thus acknowledged. A portion of all we have should be returned to God.
.10 ¶ And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood, and will cut him off from among his people.
.11  For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.
.12  Therefore I said unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourneth among you eat blood.
.13  And whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
  10 - Blood Eating blood was clearly forbidden. The next verse explains. Blood of the sacrifical animals made atonement removed guilt for sin. Through the animals, the sacrifice of Christ was represented he0922.
  Some believe that blood transfusions are thus wrong. The prohibition is against eating blood. If other interactions with blood had been wrong, the good Samaritan would have avoided the beaten man as the priest and levite had. Some might say it was okay for non-Jews, but read v12. See le0824.
  12 - No soul ... shall eat blood Without the blood meat would have little taste. Eating blood is thus the norm for meat eaters. And animals are many times more diseased today. See 1co0620, and context.
  13 - That may be eaten This would apply to the clean animals described in chapter 11 le11. Notice that the clean/unclean rules were for more than the Israelites.
.14  For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eateth it shall be cut off.
 15  And every soul that eateth that which died of itself, or that which was torn with beasts, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger, he shall both wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even: then shall he be clean.
 16  But if he wash them not, nor bathe his flesh; then he shall bear his iniquity.
  It is the life Something is added to the former restriction. The life was not only in the blood. It is the blood.
Previous
Next
Leviticus home
Commentary home
Contact