Leviticus 17

There are two main instructions in this portion: first, that all domestic animals which are to be killed shall be brought to the tabernacle (verses 3-9); and second, that no blood must be eaten (verses 10-16). The former of these instructions points to a time when animals were not killed except in connection with worship of some kind.

  1. What would this first instruction (verses 3-9) teach Israel about God?
    Where is it suggested in these verses that this instruction is directed against idolatrous worship?
  2. Why was the eating of blood so strictly forbidden?
    See verse 11 in particular.
    What is the significance of this for us?