Leviticus 17* All sacrifices to be offered at the tabernacle. (1-9) Eatingof blood, or of animals which died a natural death, forbidden.(10-16)1-9 All the cattle killed by the Israelites, while in thewilderness, were to be presented before the door of thetabernacle, and the flesh to be returned to the offerer, to beeaten as a peace-offering, according to the law. When theyentered Canaan, this only continued in respect of sacrifices.The spiritual sacrifices we are now to offer, are not confinedto any one place. We have now no temple or altar that sanctifiesthe gift; nor does the gospel unity rest only in one place, butin one heart, and the unity of the Spirit. Christ is our Altar,and the true Tabernacle; in him God dwells among men. It is inhim that our sacrifices are acceptable to God, and in him only.To set up other mediators, or other altars, or other expiatorysacrifices, is, in effect, to set up other gods. And though Godwill graciously accept our family offerings, we must nottherefore neglect attending at the tabernacle. 10-16 Here is a confirmation of the law against eating blood.They must eat no blood. But this law was ceremonial, and is nowno longer in force; the coming of the substance does away theshadow. The blood of beasts is no longer the ransom, butChrist's blood only; therefore there is not now the reason forabstaining there then was. The blood is now allowed for thenourishment of our bodies; it is no longer appointed to make anatonement for the soul. Now the blood of Christ makes atonementreally and effectually; to that, therefore, we must have regard,and not consider it as a common thing, or treat it withindifference.
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