Leviticus 7:27 (HCSB)
27 Whoever eats any blood, that person must be cut off from his people.”
In this short pericope we read two general rules concerning the consumption of animal fat and blood. It is safe to say that these are extremely important commands, since each carries the punishment of being “cut off from his people”.
First there is the reiteration of the command to not eat the fat of an animal, specifically that of an ox, sheep, or goat. These would be the animals typically used as an offering, so it coincides with the regulation in Leviticus 7:25. Additionally, any wild animal that dies should not have its fat consumed. This prescription again goes back to the same rule mentioned in a number of the offering guidelines, and presumably is due to the fat being the “best” portion of the animal, thus reserved solely for God.
Secondly, the prescription to not consume blood is outlined. Unlike the rule concerning the fat of an animal, the rule concerning blood not only covers all animals, but all birds as well. Again, there was likely some practical reason for the banning of eating blood of creatures, but the spiritual reason is more clear: blood is life, and life is for and from God.
We should note the serious ramifications of breaking these two commands: being cut off the rest of the nation. This is the penalty of taking what belongs to God. We might even see this excommunication as a symbol of our being cut off from God when we place our desires and wants above God’s.
Lord, thank You for providing us with everything we need. And even though You do, we sometimes want even more. Please guide me in knowing what is Yours, and help me to be humble and unselfish. Amen.