Sung Psalm 16:1-7
Read John 6:32-65
From not eating blood in Old Testament times we moved to eating Christ’s body and drinking his blood. Christ states that he is the true bread from heaven (v51). He, as incarnate Saviour, by his Spirit sustains our souls in eternal life (v54) in the same way that physical bread sustains our earthly, temporal life and physical body. He gives himself as the bread and blood of the covenant (v56). Only election and irresistible grace enable anyone to be saved (v44,65)
Further readings: I Cor.11:23-29, Hebrews 2:14, 9:22 (Lev.17:11),10:4-10,13:20. His blood is applied to us by spiritual sprinkling to cleanse us.
Prohibition on eating fat. Lev.3:16-17, 7:22-27. These verses prohibited eating animal fat at home of the clean animals or animals for sacrifice. This was because the innards with the fat, liver, diaphragm, kidneys and fat round the kidneys were precious first burnt offerings to God. Apparently it was this fat only that was prohibited (Exodus 29:13,22). Contrariwise we have Deut.32:14, Neh.8:10 and Isaiah 25:6 alluding to God giving his people the fat of the land and literal animal fat to eat. The last of these references and perhaps all of them allude to the New Testament age and the eternal state where no food is prohibited and rich spiritual food is supplied us by the Spirit of Christ.
Blood and Fat
Jewish Law (Halakha) from the Code of Maimonides (Mishneh Torah)
It is permitted to eat the fat of a clean* wild animal. The penalty for intentionally eating a quantity of fat equal to the size of an olive from the three species of clean domesticated animals, ox, sheep or goat (Leviticus 7:23, cited above), is extinction (karet), which includes a flogging. The punishment of extinction only applies to fat on the digestive organs, on the kidneys and on the flanks. Maimonides explains what parts of the animal are included in these designated areas from which fat is forbidden. It is only fat that is on the flank or kidney that is forbidden, not the fat that is covered by meat or inside the kidney. A butcher who leaves a quantity of forbidden fat the size of a barleycorn after cleaning meat is to lose his position as butcher; if it is the size of an olive, he is to be flogged for disobedience as well.