Blood is life, atonement (Lev 17:11)

"But you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood." - Genesis 9:4

One time I was at a table with a bunch of people speaking a language I did not know, and eating food I was not familiar with. In order to be culturally acceptable I attempted to eat whatever was set before me and most of it was fine if you nibbled around the edges. But then there was this one dish served, it was red, sort of spongy looking.

Without thinking I had picked up a piece and was about to eat it before the guy sitting next to physically slapped it out of my hands. He laughed and told me, "that's blood tofu."

Ew.. I have also almost eaten congealed cow's blood once by accident, but was saved in a similar fashion.

There is something particularly disgusting to me about blood. I think it is more cultural than religious. We don't eat blood in America maybe because of our Biblical roots, but probably because it's just not part of our culture.

But to the Lord blood is significant. Extremely significant.

"For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it for you on the altar to make atonement for your souls, for it is the blood that makes atonement by the life." - Leviticus 17:11

It is blood that is the life of the flesh. It is blood that made atonement for he Israelites. And it is blood that has made atonement for us.

We are washed clean because blood is life, and life was shed for us.

I've no application for this, except that next time you bleed, maybe remember what it the Lord did for you. It's no little deal to bleed out your life.