“Eating With Blood…”
“Eating With Blood…”
Saul’s foolish oath led to even more consequences.
It caused the people to sin.
They struck among the Philistines that day from Michmash to Aijalon.
And the people were very weary.
The people rushed greedily upon the spoil, and took sheep and oxen and calves, and slew them on the ground; and the people ate them with the blood.
Then they told Saul, saying, “Behold, the people are sinning against the LORD by eating with the blood.” And he said, “You have acted treacherously; roll a great stone to me today.”
Saul said, “Disperse yourselves among the people and say to them,
‘Each one of you bring me his ox or his sheep, and slaughter it here and eat;
and do not sin against the LORD by eating with the blood.’”
So all the people that night brought each one his ox with him and slaughtered it there.
And Saul built an altar to the LORD; it was the first altar that he built to the LORD.
Israel fought the Philistines all day.
The people were very weary…worn down…unsustained due to lack of food.
When the battle ceased the people “rushed greedily upon the spoil”.
They took sheep, oxen and calves and ate them raw…with the blood…uncooked.
A sin before the Lord.
Why is it a sin?
Because life is in the blood…
“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood.
“For as for the life of all flesh, its blood is identified with its life.
Therefore I said to the sons of Israel,
‘You are not to eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood;
whoever eats it shall be cut off.’
‘You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor practice divination or soothsaying.
“Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life,
and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
The Lord had made it clear.
Yet, the people were desperate.
They committed a treacherous act.
Saul led them in repenting.
They brought sacrifices before the Lord.
Saul built an altar to the Lord…then this interesting statement..“it was the first altar that he built to the Lord.”
Wonder if he should have built one earlier rather than sitting under the pomegranate tree?