By the Scripture’s Own Writers
Transferring blood from the veins or arteries of one person to another. As in intravenous feeding, it is a feeding upon blood. An unscriptural practice.
2369 B.C., Prohibition upon All Nations
Genesis 9:3-5 “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; as the green herb have I given you all. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood, the blood of your lives, will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it: and at the hand of man, even at the hand of every man’s brother, will I require the life of man.”
1513 B.C., Prohibition Enjoined upon Jews
Leviticus 17:14 “For as to the life of all flesh, the blood thereof is all one with the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh; for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whosoever eats it shall be cut off.”
A.D. 49, Prohibition Enjoined upon Christians
Acts 15:28, 29 “For the holy spirit and we ourselves have favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep yourselves free from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things killed without draining their blood and from fornication. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper.”
Also: Acts 21:25.
Principle of Life
Leviticus 17:11, 12 “The life of the flesh is in the blood;… No soul of you shall eat blood, neither
shall any stranger that sojourns among you eat blood.’
Blood Not to Be Stored
Deuteronomy 12:16 “Ye shall not eat the blood; thou shall pour it out upon the earth as water.”
Leviticus 17:13 “Whatsoever man there be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, who takes in hunting any beast or bird that may be eaten; he shall pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.”
Also: Deuteronomy 12:24.
Blood Sacred, Only for Altar Use
Leviticus 17:11 “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 by reason of the life.”
Deuteronomy 12:27 “Thou shall offer thy burnt-offerings, the flesh and the blood, upon the altar of Jehovah thy God; and the blood of thy sacrifices shall be poured out upon the altar of Jehovah thy God; and thou shall eat the flesh.”
Pictured Christ’s Atoning Blood
Hebrews 9:22, 14 “Yes, nearly all things are cleansed with blood according to the Law, and unless blood is poured out no forgiveness takes place. How much more will the blood of the Christ, who through an everlasting spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse our consciences from dead works that we may render sacred service to the living God?”
Ephesians 1:7 “By means of Him we have the release by ransom through the blood of that One, yes, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His undeserved kindness.”
John 6:53, 54 “Accordingly Jesus said to them: ‘Most truly I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of man and drink His blood, you have no life in you. He that feeds on My flesh and drinks My blood has everlasting life, and I shall resurrect him at the last day.’ “
Esteeming Christ’s Blood Lightly
Hebrews 10:29 “Of how much more severe a punishment, do you think, will the man be counted worthy who has trampled upon the Son of God and who has esteemed as of ordinary value the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and who has outraged the spirit of undeserved kindness with contempt?
1 John 1:7 “However, if we are walking in the light as He Himself is in the light, we do have partnership with one another and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
Attempt at Lifesaving with Blood Wrong
1 Chronicles 11:17-19 “David would not drink [the water] thereof, but poured it out unto Jehovah, and said, My God forbid it me, that I should do this: shall I drink the blood of these men that have put their lives in jeopardy? for with the jeopardy of their lives they brought it. Therefore he would not drink it.”
Involves Any Form of Blood
Leviticus 7:26, 27 “Ye shall eat no manner of blood, whether it be of bird or of beast,. .. Whosoever it be that eats any blood, that soul; shall be cut off from his people.”
Leviticus 17:10 “Whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among them, that eats any manner of blood, I will set my face against that soul that eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people.”
Psalm 16:4 “Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer.”
Vaccination or Inoculation Not Feeding on Blood; Not Connected with Sex Relations
Leviticus 18:22, 23 “Thou shall not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination. And thou shall not lie with any beast to defile thyself therewith; neither shall any woman stand before a beast, to lie down thereto: it is confusion.”
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