Bible study 107 – Leviticus 17Posted: January 18, 2017
It turns out that all animals that can be sacrificed (cows, goats etc.), have to be sacrificed (killed, butchered, and partially burned) at the tabernacle before eating them. With a population of more than a million and only one small tabernacle, this sounds like a logistical nightmare.
The Israelites are again reminded to definitely never “eat” (drink?) blood. In fact, half the chapter is spent on this simple prohibition, and it has been repeated several times in Leviticus, and was even stipulated once in Genesis 9.4 (although I didn’t mention it then). So this is clearly an important rule.
For the life of every creature—its blood is its life; therefore I have said to the people of Israel: You shall not eat the blood of any creature, for the life of every creature is its blood; whoever eats it shall be cut off.