Tanak Foundations-Concepts in Leviticus-Part 17

We are going to talk about a very important concept in Lev 17.1-16 on “the blood.” We are going to spend a lot of time on this because it is a major doctrine in the Scriptures but it is never taught. Songs have been sung and much has been said about the blood based on what the Scriptures have said about it, especially the Book of Leviticus. It is a major concept, so we need some information on it.

Gen 2.7 says that God breathed into the nostrils of Adam the “breath of life” and he became a living soul. Gen 9.4 says that we are not to eat flesh with its life-the blood. Why is this? Lev 17.11 says, “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…for it is the blood by reason of the life (nephesh) that makes atonement.” Medical science has demonstrated a significance to the blood. We can submit a blood sample and have blood work done and it will come back with all sorts of information on health. Blood supplies oxygen and nutrients to the body, it can also remove impurities. Blood is the highway to pathogens that can make a person sick, or to help and heal. So, let’s take a look at some of the concepts associated with the phrase “life is in the blood” and Lev 17.11.

The “nefesh” is Hebrew for “soul” and is seen as the individual person or human life (Gen 2.7). We know that emotions start in the womb and the sinful Adamic blood-line is passed from generation to generation. Sin is in our life and flesh. We are created in our parent’s blood and we are “flesh of their flesh.” It is as if their voices are out there. DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid) is our programming data. RNA (ribonucleic acid) carries the instructions from our DNA. Thoughts and emotions impact our will, the action part of the nefesh. So, the voices of our parents cry out through the memory of the blood.

If we listen we become one with them. We can “inherit” their mindset, fears and anger. These are unrighteous “roots.” If we repeat these long enough it becomes our nature. God’s nature is found in his word where we learn strength, love, forgiveness and mercy. Here are some Scriptures for consideration: Heb 4.12-13; 1 John 4.18; Neh 8.10; 1 John 1.8-9; 2 Cor 10.5; Rom 7.16-18, 22-23, 25; Rom 8.1-2; 1 John 5.1-2; 2 Cor 7.1; Rom 5.1-2; Prov 17.22; 1 John 4.18; Isa 35.3-6; Psa 51.10; Prov 23.7; Phil 4.6-7; James 1.14, 19-22.

The will of the person is the action part of the person, based on thoughts and emotions. The feelings are sensory data, where we “see, hear and feel.” These are the result of what we believe about sensory data, or in other words “perception.” Perception is how we relate to the world around us through our senses. If emotions drive bodily functions and fuel feeling with a belief system that has been programmed with negative data, the bodily functions are negative rather than positive.

Emotional roots of fear, anger, sorrow come from our memory part of the nefesh.
Any thoughts we have that do not match how the Lord thinks and speaks cause “blockages” to peace and healing. As a result, that is the root of many diseases. The ultimate purpose of the Torah is life (Deut 11.26, 30.6; Prov 3.1-18; Acts 10.35). So, let’s look again at Lev 17.11

Many say “life is in the blood” without really thinking about that statement. If it is, why do people say that life begins before there is blood? There is an article in “Answers in Genesis.Org” called “Flesh and Blood” and it is written by Dr. Elizabeth Mitchell, Oct 14, 2011. It is a very balanced article on Lev 17.11 and will answer the above question.

Just about every believer has gotten into a discussion about when life begins and abortion. Traditionally, conception has been defined as the moment when the sperm fertilizes the egg. Medicine has redefined “conception” as a synonym for “implantation” that occurs several days after fertilization. Fertilization is when the sperm fertilizes the egg, combining their genetic information, producing a “zygote” with full DNA. The new “person” only needs to develop from that point.

The earliest blood cells and cardiovascular systems develop during the third week of development. Does that mean a human’s life does not begin until there is blood? Lev 17.11 says “life is in the blood.” But we need to understand that verse to answer the above question, so we need to look at some context.

In Lev 17.1-10, we learn that while in the wilderness, Israel was instructed to slaughter their animals at the Mishkan to make sure that nobody was sacrificing to idols in secret. They were to pour out the blood instead of eating it. Blood was special to the Lord and to remember that the blood of the korbanot had a “kedusha” and was to be poured out on the altar. To eat it would diminish the kedusha and the meaning.

In Part 18, we will pick up here.

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