Leviticus 17 focuses on the importance of blood in life and sacrifice. God told Moses to instruct Aaron and the priests as well as all the people of Israel about killing animals. If an animal is killed, either in the camp or outside it, the instruction was to bring it to the tent of meeting as a gift to the Lord. Offerings were to be done at the tent by the priests. There was no exception to God’s rule here. That is how it was to be done.
There is a little clarity on why in the middle of the chapter – and it has to do with the power of blood. Check out what God has written: “For the life of the flesh is in the blood…it is the blood that makes atonement by the life”. The blood is the central focus – it is sacred and God wanted the people to understand that. For us it also is important to understand as scripture elsewhere tells us that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sin. Blood is what makes atonement to cleanse sin. It was central to the sacrifice process. It was key in God’s instruction here to His people.
For us it remains a big deal. Sin must be atoned for. It doesn’t get ignored or go away on its own. That is where Jesus comes into the picture as our Savior and Lord. He went to the cross and shed His blood so we could be set free from sin. The life of His flesh was in His blood, and it was spilled at Gethsemane to cover the sin of man. It is now His blood that makes atonement and can give us everlasting life.
There is only one small problem – we have to receive that gift of grace. Jesus’ death does not cover your sin until you make Him Lord of your life. It does not atone for your sin until His sacrifice is taken as your own. To be covered by the blood of the Lamb, we have to accept His gift and make it our own. We have to be saved by grace through the shedding of His blood. We have to be covered once and for all by an intimate relationship with the Savior. Have you taken that step? Is Jesus your Savior and Lord?