Eating Blood Forbidden
17 The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Speak to Aaron and his sons and to all the Israelites and say to them: ‘This is what the Lord has commanded: 3 Any Israelite who sacrifices an ox,[a] a lamb or a goat in the camp or outside of it4 instead of bringing it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the Lord in front of the tabernacle of the Lord—that person shall be considered guilty of bloodshed; they have shed blood and must be cut off from their people. 5 This is so the Israelites will bring to the Lord the sacrifices they are now making in the open fields. They must bring them to the priest, that is, to the Lord, at the entrance to the tent of meeting and sacrifice them as fellowship offerings. 6 The priest is to splash the blood against the altar of the Lord at the entrance to the tent of meeting and burn the fat as an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 7 They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the goat idols[b] to whom they prostitute themselves. This is to be a lasting ordinance for them and for the generations to come.’
8 “Say to them: ‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who offers a burnt offering or sacrifice 9 and does not bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting to sacrifice it to the Lord must be cut off from the people of Israel.
10 “‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people. 11 For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.[c]12 Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.”
13 “‘Any Israelite or any foreigner residing among you who hunts any animal or bird that may be eaten must drain out the blood and cover it with earth,14 because the life of every creature is its blood. That is why I have said to the Israelites, “You must not eat the blood of any creature, because the life of every creature is its blood; anyone who eats it must be cut off.”
15 “‘Anyone, whether native-born or foreigner, who eats anything found dead or torn by wild animals must wash their clothes and bathe with water, and they will be ceremonially unclean till evening; then they will be clean. 16 But if they do not wash their clothes and bathe themselves, they will be held responsible.’”
Pastor Harry reminded us this morning this book is a difficult book to get through… Especially if you’re an animal lover 🙃. There are so many golden nuggets in this message but Pastor Harry asked us three questions this morning that we can focus on from this chapter:
1) Who are you accountable to?
The tabernacle was built so the Israelites would have a place to not only bring their sacrifices but come and have a sense of community. God did not want the Israelites to come to Him any old way they wanted, they had to come the way God made for them. Coming together as a community held them accountable. We are called to help each other stay focused.
Iron sharpens iron.
God wants us to come and be a part of what he’s doing. He doesn’t want us to add to or take away from what he wants us to do. When we do things our own way we have a tendency to set up our own rules and do things the way that we want right? God doesn’t want us to break the rules… we have to be careful when we share what Jesus speaks and commands us to do.
2) How are you doing life with God today.. What is in your hand?
God spoke to Moses the life of the creature is inside the blood. Look for repetitive words when we’re looking at a chapter that’s difficult to understand. Moses listen to me ‘the life of the body is the blood’. Look at vs. 11 that I posted it connects us to the word in Hebrew and points us to the sacrifice of Jesus. “Not one drop of blood was wasted on Calvarys Hill”, Pastor Harry said this morning, amen! No one can take that blood away. When we said yes to Jesus he gave us a blood transfusion, His blood is pumping through our veins. He gives us life and he gives us purpose to face each day.
Renew ❤️ Reset ❤️ Repent ❤️ Receive
His Grace, renewal, authority and his blood each and every day. 🙌
Find your for you favorite verse. Each week change it up! Make it a background on your phone to remind you every time you pick that phone up the Word of God is in your hand before anything else.
3) Is God asking you to sacrifice something?
God gives us specific times and places for sacrifices. Symbolic meanings that say come be a part of what I’m doing. But sometimes we have to let go of what we thought we wanted and take a hold of what Jesus wants for us. Sometimes Holding onto that idea or item hurts us more by holding on to it than letting go.
Is God asking you to let go of something today?
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