Leviticus 17: The Blood Obsession


God demands that any animal killed, the blood belongs to him. Doesn’t matter where you kill the animal, the blood belongs to God and if you don’t bring it to the temple and offer the blood to God, you will be cut off from the people. Also, you are not allowed to eat blood. If you eat blood you are cut off. If you are out and about, drain the blood into the dirt before eating the animal and cover the blood up with dust. If anyone eats an animal that died by itself and wasn’t slaughtered, they are unclean and have to take a bath.

In other words:

All blood belongs to God. Don’t eat it.

Favorite bit:

Leviticus 17:13 – where they are commanded to pour out the blood of anything they catch while hunting.

Other favorite bit:

That all it takes to make yourself clean again from eating roadkill is taking a bath and waiting until evening. (Leviticus 17:15)

Oddest bit: 

Leviticus 17:7,8 – They are reminded not to give their sacrifice to other gods and devils. This prohibition includes people from other lands.

Unanswered question:

There must be some sort of medical reason why they are prohibited from eating blood. However, the rule that the blood must be given to the temple for sacrifice is a bit weird. But I suppose it helps to make sure there isn’t blood all over the camp.

Moral Lesson Learned: 

Don’t eat roadkill. And if you do, wash your hands afterwards. (Leviticus 17: 15)