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How did people “eat” blood?

“‘I will set my face against any Israelite or any foreigner residing among them who eats blood, and I will cut them off from the people.” For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life. Therefore I say to the Israelites, “None of you may eat blood, nor may any foreigner residing among you eat blood.” Leviticus 17:10-12
            The word “eat” comes from the Hebrew word ‘akal which means to devour or consume.  It’s the same word used in the Garden of Eden when Eve ate the fruit. 
            Pagan rituals to idols and false gods included consuming blood and offering the blood of an animal to their god.
            The blood of the sacrifice was sacred and reserved to be only sprinkled on to the altar.  Blood means life and God determined that the blood would give life.  This points to the blood of Jesus being shed on the cross.  Those who believe in his sacrifice and applied his blood to their sinful lives receive true, eternal life.
            The consumption of any blood will do no good.  The application of Jesus’ blood to your life changes your life forever.