Leviticus 17-18

Leviticus 17-18

Chapter 17: Don’t Eat Blood

  • If anyone kills an animal and does not offer it as a sacrifice to the Lord, shall be cut off from among the people. (Leviticus 17:1-4)
  • You shall not offer sacrifices to anything or anyone, except God. (Leviticus 16:7)
  • “The Life of the flesh is blood” (Leviticus 17:11)
    • I don’t normally talk about other religions or beliefs outside of my own thoughts and the LDS teachings. But the issue of blood, and the belief of the Jehovah’s Witnesses is interesting to me. They believe that your soul is in the blood. That is why they do not believe in blood transfusions or donating blood for that matter. Here is why I don’t agree with that, but again this is my own opinion.
      • Jehovah’s Witnesses will use these scriptures to say that our soul is in our blood, but clearly it is saying that without blood, the body dies. Just as if you were to take out most any parts or organs in the body it would shut down.
      • That does not mean that the soul is in any one of those parts of the body. Think about it, something like 2/3 of our body is made up of water, could water be our soul? I don’t think so.
        • Here are some otherĀ  scriptures that mention NOT drinking or eating blood. But probably for other reasons.
          • Acts 15:20 and 29
          • Genesis 9:4
          • Leviticus 7:26; 17:14
          • 1 Chronicles 11:19
  • No one should eat blood (Leviticus 17:12 and 14)

Chapter 18: Sexual Abominations

The Lord speaks to Moses and reveals to him some of the abominations of other lands, and how Moses must instruct the children of Israel so that they do not perform the same sexual abominations.

  • Thou shalt not have incestuous relationships with anyone that is close to kin. (Leviticus 18:6) – I would say that this follows with modern day thought.
  • Thou shalt not commit adultery (Leviticus 18:20)
  • Thou shalt not engage in homosexual relationships (Leviticus 18:22)
  • Thou shalt not commit bestiality (Leviticus 18:23)

 

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Leviticus 3-4

Leviticus 3-4

Chapter 3: Don’t Eat Blood of Fat

Peace offerings are made with animals that are without blemish. These animals are taken to the doors of the tabernacle where they are killed. Aaron and his priests then take the animal and sprinkle it around the altar where the animal will be burnt as a peace offering unto the Lord.

Israel is forbidden to eat blood or fat.

Chapter 4: Sinners are forgiven through sacrifice.

Those who sin ignorantly can bring a young bullock (sheep) without blemish before the priests in the tabernacle, asĀ  sin offering.

The animal is killed and then a priest dips his finger in the blood and sprinkles it seven times before the veil of the sanctuary. Blood will also be placed on the horns of the altar of sweet incense. The rest of the blood is to be poured into the bottom of the altar, and all the fat be removed from the bullock, to be burned with the skin on the altar.

Sins are forgiven through this method, the priests using this method are making atonement for the sins of the people.