In the Name of the Father and of the + Son and of the Holy Ghost.
When God gave His Law to the people of Israel He taught them that blood was important. It is not something to treat casually. The whole of Leviticus chapter 17 centers on the sanctity of blood. God expressly forbids the shedding of an animal’s blood apart from sacrifices to make atonement and especially the ingestion of an animal’s blood: “And whatever man of the house of Israel, or of the strangers who dwell among you, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people” (Lev. 17:10). Why is blood so special? “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” (Lev. 17:11).
Sermons from Mount Olive
Mount Olive follows the historic one-year lectionary (series of readings).