What is the significance of…
to denote race
…He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth… —Acts 17:26 NKJV
NASB: “…He made from one man every nation of mankind…”
a symbol of slaughter
…the mountains will be drenched with their blood. —Isaiah 34:3 NASB
- The phrase “wash the feet in blood” meant to gain a great victory (Psalm 58:10).
- Wine, from its red color, is called “the blood of the grape” (Genesis 49:11). See: wine
Spilling of human blood
In the Old Testament, God treated the sin of wilful murder among his Chosen People very seriously, never to be tolerated. The law for the Hebrews always required that a murderer be punished with death (Genesis 9:5). No other punishment was acceptable to God.
- The blood of sacrifices was caught by the priest in a basin, and then sprinkled seven times on the altar.
- At the giving of the law (Exodus 24:8) the blood of the sacrifices was sprinkled on the people as well as on the altar, and thus the people were consecrated to God, or entered into covenant with him, hence the blood of the covenant (Matthew 26:28; Hebrews 9:19-20; 10:29; 13:20).
Prohibition of blood as food
Blood as food is prohibited in Genesis 9:4, where the use of animals as food is first allowed. Compare Deuteronomy 12:23; Leviticus 3:17; 7:26; 17:10-14. The injunction to abstain from blood is renewed in the decree of the council of Jerusalem (Acts 15:29). It has been held by some, and we think correctly, that this law of prohibition was only ceremonial and temporary; while others regard it as still binding on all.
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