TEXT: LEVITICUS 17:8-16
🔑KEY VERSE “Therefore said I unto the children of Israel, No soul of you shall eat blood, neither shall any stranger that sojourns among you eat blood” (LEVITICUS 17:12)
The life of the flesh is in its blood. The text under consideration gives a divine directive as regards tampering with or trivializing the worth of any animal blood. The mosaic and post-mosaic scriptural injunctions were that no flesh should be eaten with its blood.
The blood of every animal slaughtered for meat were to be poured before the Lord. This is a mark of obedience and reverence to God who created these beasts and has the right to the life of everything He has made.
Blood eating is a heathenish practice frowned at by God and forbidden for His children. It has been discovered that those who eat or drink blood stand the risk of contracting diseases and health problems including liver damage, buildup of fluid in the lungs, low blood pressure, nervous disorders and excessive accumulation of iron in their body, according to health experts. God has His good reasons for saying we should eat the flesh of animals but not with the blood. We are to adhere to these rules so that it will be well with us.
The early church elders who had report of many gentiles turning to Christ admonished the new converts to shun fornication, blood eating, etc. The uniform testimony of God’s word in all these positions is that we should eat no flesh with its blood. Ignorance, whether deliberate or sincere, is never an excuse to break any law. Bible truths are universal and apply to everyone, regardless of race, colour or creed.
✍THOUGHT FOR THE DAY Obey God’s word and stay healthy
BIBLE IN A YEAR 2 CHRONICLES 34-36
Life through the blood of Jesus
- The sanctity of blood
a. The life of a being is in the blood v10.
b. All forms of bloodletting, murder, eating of blood, abortions etc attract divine punishment vv10 -13.
c. This command also holds in the New Testament, Acts 15:19-11.
d. Since the soul of a man worth more than the whole world, (Mark 8:36,37), then destroying a whole person for any earthly benefits, (e.g. money, fame, etc) is total foolishness and deception of Satan. It is, to God, worse than setting the whole world on fire. No wonder, judgement is sure on those guilty of bloodshed.
- Salvation through the blood of Jesus
a. The blood of Jesus represents the life of God the Son Himself v11.
b. Since the human spirit of every sinner is dead (Ephesians 2:1), it is only faith in the blood of Jesus that can make alive or resurrect that dead spirit and make them born again.
Question: Can you now see why God cannot save man without the shedding of the blood of the only sinless person, Jesus Christ?
Note: No other thing can give life of God to a spiritually dead sinner except the blood of Jesus, which is the life of Jesus.
c. No religion without the blood of Jesus can transform, save or spiritually make alive a sinner.
d. The blood of Jesus is also efficacious in cleansing man from all sins (Matthew 26:28, Acts 20:28), in bringing Satan and his cohorts to total defeat (Revelation 12:11), in healing man of all manner of sicknesses and diseases (Acts 3:16).
Exercise for study: Check a reference Bible or concordance to see other things the blood of Jesus does for anyone who believes
Challenge: Start to exercise faith in the blood of Jesus and experience the power
- Lord, I praise you for your precious blood you shed for me🙏
- Lord, I hereby put my faith in the blood of Jesus to cleanse my life and conscience from all sins of the past🙏
- Lord, I present the blood of Jesus to heal (deliver, destroy) me from all my sicknesses 🙏
- Lord, teach us to start exercising faith in your blood for abundant life and all we need in Christ🙏
- Don’t forget to sprinkle the blood of Jesus on yourself, children, house etc. against every attack of Satan, sicknesses, diseases and viruses. “When I see the blood, I will pass over you.” 👌
WHEN I SEE THE BLOOD