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Daily Bible Reading: Leviticus 17-18, Matthew 27:27-50
Leviticus 17:10-12 (ESV) “If any one of the house of Israel or of the strangers who sojourn among them eats any blood, I will set my face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people. For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life. Therefore, I have said to the people of Israel, No person among you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger who sojourns among you eat blood.
17:10-12. Of the seven prohibitions in the Pentateuch against eating blood (Gen. 9:4; Lev. 3:17; 7:26-27; 17:10-14; 19:26; Deut. 12:15-16, 23-24; 15:23), this one (Lev. 17:10-14) is the clearest and provides the underlying rationale. Verse 11 gives two reasons for the prohibition against eating blood: (1) The life of a creature is in the blood (blood is inherently necessary to maintain animal life, so its blood is virtually identified with its life); therefore to refrain from eating blood is to show respect for the sanctity of life. (2) The blood… makes atonement for one’s life (God has chosen sacrificial blood as the ransom price for a person’s life, so the life of a substitute is given up in death); therefore to refrain from eating blood is to show respect for its sacredness as a vehicle of atonement. The fact that God said, I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar, rules out the view that blood was inherently efficacious. Its atoning value was only because God had “given it” for this purpose; He had chosen it as a fitting symbol of the reality of atonement and forgiveness. Again, the penalty for violating this prohibition was being cut… off from his people (cf. comments on v. 4).
The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures by Dallas Seminary Faculty.
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