Do not eat meat torn off a living creature

The Literal Commandment

Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh." (Deuteronomy 12:23)

 

The literal commandment is that we should not eat life (i.e. blood) with the flesh.

 

Messiah Says

Messiah implicitly affirmed this commandment when He spoke about the Law:

"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 5:17-19)

 

 

Pictures of Messiah

The blood of Levitical animal sacrifices was to be poured out (Leviticus 4:34) and the flesh burnt as a fragrant, soothing aroma (Leviticus 4:31). The blood of Messiah was poured out for us... His life for ours. Messiah loved us and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to G-d as a fragrant aroma (Ephesians 5:2).

We are forbidden from sustaining our physical lives with the flesh of an animal until it has died because we are unable to receive spiritual sustenance from Messiah until He died... and rose again.

 

How Messiah Fulfilled

We know that Messiah did not sin (Hebrews 4:15) and so we know Messiah fulfilled this commandment by not eating meat torn off a living creature.

 

Traditional Observance

Traditional observance of this commandment is found in its literal sense: not eating meat torn off a living creature. The animal must first be properly and humanely slaughtered.

 

Other Notes

We are able to fulfill this commandment today and should not eat meat torn off a living creature.

 

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Commandment Details

  • Mishneh Torah # 191
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 5
  • Mishneh Torah Book Holiness
  • Mishneh Torah Category 26- Forbidden Foods
  • Reference Deuteronomy 12:23
  • Scripture Book Deuteronomy
  • Chapter 12
  • Verse 23
  • English Only be sure not to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, and you shall not eat the life with the flesh.
  • Hebrew כג רַק חֲזַק, לְבִלְתִּי אֲכֹל הַדָּם, כִּי הַדָּם, הוּא הַנָּפֶשׁ; וְלֹא-תֹאכַל הַנֶּפֶשׁ, עִם-הַבָּשָׂר.
  • Greek 23 πρόσεχε ἰσχυρῶς τοῦ μὴ φαγεῖν αἷμα, ὅτι τὸ αἷμα αὐτοῦ ψυχή· οὐ βρωθήσεται ἡ ψυχὴ μετὰ τῶν κρεῶν,
  • Parashah 47- Re'eh
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 452
  • Sef. Hach. Command Not to eat a limb or part taken from a living animal
  • Category Food
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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