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Bible Commentaries

Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Leviticus 17

Verses 1-16

2. The Testimony Concerning the Blood

CHAPTER 17

1. Concerning slain animals (Leviticus 17:1-9 )

2. Concerning the eating of blood (Leviticus 17:10-16 )

This chapter needs little comment. Everything in this chapter speaks of the sanctity of the blood, what great value God, to whom life belongs, places upon the blood and with what jealous care He watches over it. The center of all is verse 11: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.” Every slain animal had to bear witness to this fact. Even the hunter had to pour out the blood and cover it with dust. No blood was to be eaten. But in the New Testament we are commanded to eat spiritually of the flesh of the Son of God and to drink spiritually His blood.

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Bibliographical Information
Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Leviticus 17". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/leviticus-17.html. 1913-1922.