method of killing meat to be eaten.
Even at this day, the Jews of the city of New York
will not buy meat in the common markets of the city, because they think it transcends that command,--that it is not properly blooded.
They obey that law to the very letter.
Did you ever hear of a Christian, who comes here with the sixth verse of this chapter written all over him, and maintains that God commands you to hang,--did you ever know that he made any particular inquiries in the market as to whether he was obeying the fourth verse?
No, gentlemen, he is a Jew as to the gallows; he is a Christian as to his pork.
But that fourth verse is a more important one than the sixth, after all. If you turn over to that chapter in Acts, where the Apostles give their general directions to Christians, you will see that they reiterate the fourth verse: “For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost
, and to us, to lay upon you no greater burden than these necessary things: that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled
,” etc. (Acts XV. 28, 29.) That command of the fourth verse has been reiterated, but not the sixth.
The Apostle did not say, when they were making that general law for all Christendom, “It seemed good to the Holy Ghost
and to us to command you that you obey this statute: ‘Whosoever sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed.’
” They were yet to be particular how their meat was killed; that has been reiterated, but no Christian obeys it; but this sixth verse has never been reiterated, yet it is so important, according to these gentlemen, that if you should dare to disobey it, the Commonwealth
would go to pieces!
If this is a covenant, one part is just as obligatory as another; yet you would obey the sixth verse, and set at nought the fourth!
Suppose the Supreme Court should say of a