For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes atonement.In context, Lev. 17:11 is the justification for the command against drinking blood. Emily pointed out that, while God commanded the Jews not to drink blood, Jesus commanded us to drink His blood for the exact same reason - because the Life is in the Blood. This gives Lev. 17:11 a deeper, fuller meaning than the ancient Israelites could have possibly imagined. You just can't make this stuff up.
The Life is in the Blood
Emily and I had a theological epiphany last Saturday. We were talking about why it is that God demanded sacrifice as payment for sin. Why wasn't there another way for God to forgive our sins than by sending Jesus to die for us? I pointed out Lev. 17:11: