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Leviticus - Chapter 17

Bible Study Notes

Leviticus 17:1-4 An ox, lamb, or goat killed in or outside the camp as a sacrifice must be offered as a gift to the Lord or the person will be held guilty and cut off from the people.

Notes: Sacrifices must be made at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. If not, this is considered murder to the Lord.

Leviticus 17:5-9 Sacrifices in the open field will be brought to the tent of meeting as Peace Offerings to the Lord. The priest shall throw the blood on the altar and burn the fat. They shall no longer sacrifice to goat demons as they did before.

Notes: Sacrifices must be made at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. The immediate purpose for the prohibition is to prevent the people’s idolatry in worshiping the goat demons.

Leviticus 17:10-12 Anyone that eats blood will be cut off from the people. The life of the flesh is in the blood and it is used outside the body for the only purpose of offering it to the Lord to make atonement for their souls.

Notes: This probably refers to eating meat that still has the blood in it.

Leviticus 17:13-14 Any beast or bird hunted for food must have the their blood drained and covered with dirt. Buried in the ground.

Notes: It was customary with heathen hunters, when they killed any game, to pour out the blood as an offering to the god of the hunt. The Israelites, to the contrary, were enjoined by this directive and banned from all such superstitious acts of idolatry.

Leviticus 17:15-16 Any one that east a beast or bird that is found already dead must wash their clothes and bathe in water and be unclean until evening.

Notes: This cleansing was necessary because these animals would not have had the blood drained properly.


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