Originally posted by AThousandYoung
Leviticus 17 is set during Moses' time. The dates I have for Moses are birth in 1392 BCE and death in 1271 BCE (which means he was 121 years old at death; this is possible but still a remarkably old age even by modern standards).
The Egyptian Empire at the time of Moses' birth o make sure they thoroughly wash so they don't spread nasty diseases.
What do you think?
These rules were put in effect while Moses and the Israelites were in the wilderness and i think there was at least two reasons for this. It was to break with the old way of living that they were used to in Egypt of worshipping false gods, like a golden calf or a goat-man god and the other was for sanitary reasons and protection from disease. Burning the meat in sacrifices was a way of cooking it to kill disease causing organism, as well as teach them a new religion that was to come with the sacrifice of Christ as an atonement for the sins of the people. Moses changed some of these rules in Deuteronomy 12 when they were to enter into the promised land. For example:
“When the Lord your God enlarges your border as He has promised you, and you say, ‘Let me eat meat,’ because you long to eat meat, you may eat as much meat as your heart desires. If the place where the Lord your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter from your herd and from your flock which the Lord has given you, just as I have commanded you, and you may eat within your gates as much as your heart desires. Just as the gazelle and the deer are eaten, so you may eat them; the unclean and the clean alike may eat them. Only be sure that you do not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; you may not eat the life with the meat. You shall not eat it; you shall pour it on the earth like water. You shall not eat it, that it may go well with you and your children after you, when you do what is right in the sight of the Lord. Only the holy things which you have, and your vowed offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the Lord chooses. And you shall offer your burnt offerings, the meat and the blood, on the altar of the Lord your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of the Lord your God, and you shall eat the meat. Observe and obey all these words which I command you, that it may go well with you and your children after you forever, when you do what is good and right in the sight of the Lord your God.
(Deuteronomy 12:20-28 NKJV)
When Moses says, "You shall not eat it, that it may go well with you and your children after you, when you do what is right in the sight of the Lord." he was referring to it will go well
for their healthy bodies and for their souls, when they do what is right in the sight of the Lord.
For the shed blood is later to represent the shed blood of Christ as a remission of sin to give us eternal life.