Killing Of Wild Game In Torah

After writing the first 8 articles on how Yehovah’s son, the Ezrach is to properly slaughter, eat and dispose of any animals eaten from the herd (cattle) or flock (sheep and goats) as commanded in Leviticus 3, 7 and 17; it seems appropriate that I also address the killing of wild game (deer, elk, moose, etc.) and birds (chicken, turkey, etc.) as described in Leviticus 17 as well.

Most folks, those who have any exposure to the Hebrew roots of the faith which all of Yehovah’s great men have lived and taught, are aware of what clean 4-footed animals and clean birds are available for His people to eat. But very few are aware of how they are to be killed, and by whom. Yehovah’s instructions in Leviticus 17 are brief.

wild game and birds“And any man [eesh, eesh] of Israel’s seed [they are the Ezrach in Yehovah’s kingdom], or the Stranger [the Ger] who dwells among you, who hunts and catches any animal or bird that may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust; for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to Israel’s seed, ‘You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.’ (Lev 17:13-14)

Again, as it was with the beef, sheep and goat, it is the “man man” or “any man” who kills the animals; not a woman. But, in this case wild 4-footed animals (as opposed to domestic animals which are slaughtered to Yehovah by only His son) and birds can be killed by both the Ezrach and the Ger who dwells with them.

Notice: There is no provision here for a Gentile to kill meat and sell this (already been killed) meat to the Ezrach or to the Ger.

There are two things that troubled me about the meat I was previously buying from the market. The first, and most obvious is, I did not kill it! But the second issue for me requires a bit longer explanation.

The meats, especially chicken (among the birds) which are sold in huge quantities in our local markets are provided through large corporations and have not had their blood poured out on the ground and covered with dust. Instead, that blood has been captured and turned into other products.

I see in Leviticus a great concern by Yehovah in how the animals, which His people eat, are to be treated. Both the Ezrach and the Ger who dwells with them must see to it that the animal is treated with respect and its blood is disposed of properly. Look what Yehovah said about the animal among the cattle, sheep and goats which is slaughtered before Yehovah’s altar.

“Any man [eesh eesh] of the house of Israel who kills cattle or lamb or goat in the camp, or who kills it outside the camp, and brings it [the animal] not to the door of the tent of meetings to bring his offering [his cor-vawn, with the fat and the blood] unto Yehovah, before the presence of Yehovah; the blood which the man shed shall be imputed on him, and that man shall be cut off from among his people. (Lev 17:3-4)

If we eat chicken, turkey, and other wild game that has not had its blood disposed of properly, is their blood imputed on us? I think it is. So what is the alternative to store-bought meats? The only one I see is to raise our own birds or buy birds and kill them for ourselves (and our family) as instructed. In this way we are assured that the blood was disposed of properly and we will not be cut off from Israel.

Just a side note: Most who call themselves Israel have never made themselves a Ger, and much more, an Ezrach; so now we can not be cut off from Yehovah’s people because we are not His. I say, BUMMER!

Another significant difference that I see between the domestic animals (which can be brought to Yehovah’s altar and have their fat burned there) and the clean wild game and birds is twofold. Concerning the meat which is killed before Yehovah, only those who are clean (tahor) can eat it; but with regard to wild game and birds, both the unclean (tamei) and the clean (tahor) can eat them.

Even as the gazelle and the hart is eaten, so, shalt thou eat, – the unclean and the clean, alike shall eat it. (Deu. 12:22)

And, unlike the domestic animals which must be eaten, if used for a she-la-mim, on the day it is slaughtered, or on the following day in two cases; the wild game and the birds do not seem to have any limitation concerning how long they may be kept. So jerking them, canning them or even freezing them for later use may be acceptable. At this time, and in the light of what I have seen in Yehovah’s instructions, at least these three options are available to me.

There is no place that Yehovah places His name at this time

If the place which Yehovah places his name is too far away to bring the the slaughter from your herds and flocks to Him, then we are permitted to treat those animals just as we treat wild animals. Check this out.

“When Yehovah thy Elohim enlarges thy border as He has promised thee, and thou says, ‘Let me eat meat,’ because thou longs to eat meat, thou may eat as much meat as thy heart desires. If the place where Yehovah thy Elohim chooses to put His name is too far from thee, then thou may slaughter from thy herd and from thy flock which Yehovah has given thee, just as I have commanded thee, and thou may eat within thy gates as much as thy heart desires. Just as the gazelle and the deer are eaten, so thou may eat them; the unclean and the clean alike may eat them. Only be sure that thou does not eat the blood, for the blood is the life; thou may not eat the life with the meat. Thou shall not eat it; thou shall pour it on the earth like water. Thou shall not eat it, that it may go well with thee and thy children after thee, when thou does what is right in the sight of Yehovah. (Deu 12:20-25)

I now raise meat bird each spring for 8 week to slaughter and freeze throughout the winter, and I have also purchased a goat and a sheep which I have slaughtered, butchered and frozen or jerked also.

Before I close I should say that Yehovah is silent concerning the killing and eating of clean fish. For me the fresher and least handled the fish is, the better. Of course catching my own would be best but I am not ever going to get any license from the state, so the potential hassle in court is just not worth the trouble.

As a teacher of Torah Leviticus 17 was a real challenge for me to learn, incorporate into my life and then teach to others. We have so much in our lives today that we think is OK, but the more I learn, the more clearly I see how short we have fallen from Yehovah’s good and acceptable and perfect ways; and, with these new-found understandings comes greater sighing and crying for the abominations which are being done in the world today.

So much to learn, so little time.


8 thoughts on “Killing Of Wild Game In Torah

  1. In our area, Craig’sList is a good source of animals. I have raised chickens and predator control was the most challenge . Snakes when they wereunder 2.5 pounds, owls and coyotes when they got big enough to fly out of their safe fence. But I had them outside.
    I will be studying these teachings. Very interesting. Thank you.

  2. [exhale] … WOW…. that was intense and …yes… as Terry said…an interesting study. I’m going to keep my eye out about the “building our own altar” thing (… and by “our altar”, I mean the altar that my ISH will build! THANKS BE TO ELOHIM that I don’t have to be involved in the bloodshed!! 😀 )

    …I mean, you even mentioned Lev 17:3-4 where YHVH says that we should bring our (fine…your) offerings to the door of the tabernacle of the congregation….

    …but I always wondered what that meant for the folks who lived so far out… but… I don’t now… what is it you say? “So much to learn, so little time?”

    Thanks again for another great series. I appreciate YOUR korvan of yourself (what He’s grown in you) to YHVH through this forum.

  3. Thank you for this enlightening info,i got to review this mysef once or more to understand it clearly. Keep what your doing for many more to benefit God bless!

  4. Thank you for this thoughtful article.

    After much thinking and prayer, it occurs to me that there is no place that Torah prohibits the slaughter of animals by a female. All the Law says is that if a man performs the slaughter, he must follow the directions. This is so that a man has to humble himself. If a female slaughters an animal, that only means there is no male around and it would be cruel to put additional demands on her. She wouldn’t do it unless she was starving. (David even used a lie to obtain holy breads from the Temple, he ate them and his men ate too, in order not to starve.)

    The Torah prohibits females from performing priestly duties. It does not prohibit them from being judges and it does NOT prohibit the slaughter of animals by a female. This is a human conclusion and it is NOT based in Scripture.

    Other than that, I agree with you.

    1. Women are not meant to kill anything. That is the job of an eesh (man). Look how Yehovah gives his instructions in Leviticus 17.

      “And any man [eesh, eesh] of Israel’s seed [they are the Ezrach in Yehovah’s kingdom], or the Stranger [

      the Ger

      ] who dwells among you, who hunts and catches any animal or bird that may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with dust; for it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life. Therefore I said to Israel’s seed, ‘You shall not eat the blood of any flesh, for the life of all flesh is its blood. Whoever eats it shall be cut off.’ (Lev 17:13-14)

      It is all about eesh eesh or men men, the Ezrach or the Ger (both men). I would argue that the woman who has no man, no covering in her life has much bigger and eternal problems than what she is going to eat because she has no way to conform her life to Yehovah’s purpose for her. In order to begin to understand what I just said I have written many articles for women. The best place to start is here. A Woman of Worth

  5. One other thing, and I hope you don’t take it the wrong way. “A Jew” is NOT the same as “a Hebrew”. It’s NOT the same nation based on the Y haplogroup. Please do the research. Curses of Deut 28. Into bondage. On Ships.

    1. “A Jew” is NOT the same as “a Hebrew”? I have never said such a thing. On the contrary, I dislike Judaism just as much as I do Christianity. Olease check out the links under my Torah 201 tab and you will begin to see why I say that.

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