This week I was listening to the book of Leviticus and read chapter 19, which brought out some important teachings on tattoos and how we should be raising up our children. As I heard these verses being read to me, I was blown away, although I had read these verses before. It reads, 1“ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord. Do not prostitute thy daughter, to cause her to be a whore; lest the land fall to whoredom, and the land become full of wickedness.” (Leviticus 19:28,29) And why do we do as God asks of us in this matter, because God is holy, and we are to be holy like Him. 1“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak unto all the congregation of the children of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for I the Lord your God am holy.” (Leviticus 19:1,2) Therefore, as Christians, we choose to not print any marks upon our bodies, which we call tattoos. We also decide to lead by example to our children, that they may also follow Jesus and not be like unto the world. Doing this, we teach what the Bible says and also obey God and His teachings. People may say that tattoos are cool and all, and it may fancy your attention when you see people with crosses as tattoos. However, anything that is printed upon our bodies is unholy unto God, even these crosses or saying about Jesus. Now, our children will see our hearts before God if we also respect Him and His wishes. They will also be less likely to be like unto the world if we also raise them up to know Jesus by reading the Bible as a family and praying as well.
Now, as we just discussed tattoos make our bodies unholy unto God. Therefore, it is a sin that needs to be repented of. So how does a person go about doing this? Well, calling upon Jesus, our Lord, and asking Him for forgiveness is the start. And then He will convict you of those tattoos and other sins in your life. At this point, it is up to you to get them removed or not. I would advise to remove them, but you have to make that choice on your own. Now, I know some people may say that what I just addressed was spoken to by God unto Moses and must not be relevant to us today. And unto these people, I will say they are very wrong. There are teachings by God that we can still obey, but not the sacrificial laws. Jesus said, 2“think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17,18) Therefore, Jesus did not abolish the law. So speaking about how we can become holy before God outside of animal sacrifices is welcome knowledge. Even Paul said the following, 3“what? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20) Our bodies are not our own, they are the temple of the living God. Do don’t do things like tattooing yourself, which will discrete it and make you unholy in His awesome presence.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that as Christians and followers of You also, that we will desire to do as the Bible teaches. So if You have spoken in scripture to not print anything upon our bodies, which in our terms is tattooing, that we will stay far away from such things. That we will not allow anything to defile our bodies, especially markings. Lord, I know that our bodies are Your holy temple, and how I could say that I love You if I am going out getting tattoos? The answer is I cannot. Surely, such people who are into carving up their body, thinking it is art, are also far from You. They may say that they love You, but they do not care for what You have taught in scripture. If they did, then they would not be indulging in such evil practices. Instead, they would be abiding in You at all times, that they may become good examples to their children and not bad ones. Lord, on our own terms, we will fall and not be able to escape the sins and temptations of the enemy. Surely, he has put a stronghold upon people who are into the tattoo business and I pray that You will release them from His clutches. In Your mighty Name, Jesus, I pray. I believe in You, Lord. God, will You help people that already have tattoos know how sinful it is to get more? It was already an unholy act to do what they have done to their bodies, so I pray that they will learn from their past and not do it again. There are ways for people to get tattoos removed, so I pray that people will look into these places as well. Our bodies may have been tattered, but they can become holy again unto You, oh Lord. As for me, keep me in Your presence, that I may not fall victim to the ways of this world, which lead unto death. I love You. Amen.
Let us read the Bible:
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