For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul. Therefore I said to the children of Israel, “No one among you shall eat blood, nor shall any stranger who dwells among you eat blood.” (Leviticus 17:11-12)
This principle is of utmost importance to us as believers in Messiah. First of all, the Creator has ordained that blood should be considered as sacred. Even the blood of animals should be regarded as sacred and, outside of being used as sacrifices in the Sanctuary, should only be spilled if the animal is to serve as food. Even then, God’s people are not to consume the blood of the animal because it represents life. In a sense, He is conveying the notion that we should not be the type of people who would devour the life of another. There is a message there and one that reaches far beyond the topic of food.
So in consideration of blood’s sacred status, what does it say about a society so willing to shed innocent blood? In times past, mankind’s violence reached a point where the Creator felt He had no option other than to destroy the world. No one can be certain how close we are to reaching that same stage but it is not hard to imagine that we are close when we look at how violent we have become.
To underscore the point, consider the current fascination with the vampire culture. I’m not talking about fans of Bela Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in the old horror films but those who are enchanted by a lifestyle associated with this perverted view of existence — even calling themselves “children of the night.” This so-called lifestyle celebrates the darkness and is, believe it or not, viewed as trendy and vogue. Many of its adherents go so far as to drink blood from both animals and humans.
What does this violent and perverted mindset say about us as a society? It says that we have drifted far from the ways of the Creator and have no regard for His heart. Consequently, there is great need for His people to boldly uphold His standards and values even in the face of scorn and ridicule. The world may not see any worth in blood but we must remind them that it is precious. Though the world likes to mock the Blood of the Lamb, we must regard it as priceless because we owe our lives to His sacrifice. So let us recall the words of Peter who said, “You were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold … but with the precious blood of Messiah” (1 Peter 1:18-19).
Blessings and Shalom,