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The life of all animals was regarded as especially in the blood, which was a sacred and essential part of the sacrifices offered to God, Hebrews 9:22 . It was solemnly sprinkled upon the altar and the mercy seat, "for it is the blood that maketh atonement for the soul," Leviticus 17:1-16 the life of the victim for the life of the sinner. It was therefore most sacredly associated with the blood of the Lamb of God which "cleanseth us from all sin," Ephesians 1:7 1 John 1:7 . Hence the strict prohibition renewed in Acts 15:29 . In direct opposition to this are the heathen customs of drinking the blood of animals and even of men- of eating raw flesh, with the blood, and even fresh cut from the living animal, 1 Samuel 14:32 Psalm 16:4 Ezekiel 33:25 .

Besides the ordinary meaning of the word blood, it often signifies the guilt of murder, 2 Samuel 3:28 Acts 27:25 ; also relationship or consanguinity. "Flesh and blood" are placed in contrast with a spiritual nature, Matthew 16:17 , the glorified body, 1 Corinthians 15:50 , and evil spirits, Ephesians 6:12 . The cause "between blood and blood," Deuteronomy 17:8 , was one where life was depending on the judgment rendered.

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These files are public domain and are a derivative of the topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859.

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Rand, W. W. Entry for 'Blood'. American Tract Society Bible Dictionary. 1859.

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