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Leviticus 17:10-11

Leviticus 17:10–11 (ESV): “10 “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. 11 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.”

Blood is the life source of all flesh. It was also the only remedy for sin to be atoned for. Thus, one life was taken so one life could be sustained from the wages of sin and the wrath of God. Jesus gave His life by the shedding of His precious blood so we could have life eternally.

God instructed Israel on the importance of sacrificing to Him lawfully. They were only permitted to offer a sin sacrifice at the entrance of the Tabernacle before a priest so that the blood could be brought to the altar. Atonement was made by the blood. If blood was spilled in the field by way of hunting or an accident it was to be covered with dirt because blood is sacred before God. They were to avoid the pagan practice of drinking blood for it was an abomination before God. Anyone who participated in this was to be cut off from the people for life is in the blood.

When was the last time you considered the precious act of sacrifice given for the atonement of your sins? Jesus gave His life for you. Without His precious blood, we are dead in our trespasses. Remember what was required of Him to offer you forgiveness and eternal life…His life for yours. Serve Him in the same manner He has served you. Trade your life for His by faith and then live sacrificially. Amen?

Father, thank You for the precious blood of the Lamb that cleanses our sins and offers us life eternal. May we never forget the life given on our behalf and may that drive us to live for You we pray in Jesus' name, Amen.

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