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Tattoo Marks

September 19, 2016

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Tattoo Marks

Whether one is shopping  down town  or just watching some sort  of media  ( TV,  Internet,  videos )  it’s getting very common  to see people  with tattoos  of various sorts.     Such a thing  was very rare  50-60 years ago.     It makes one wonder  if these people  honestly know much  about what they have done.

In Leviticus 19:28  God says,

Do not cut your bodies  for the dead  or put tattoo marks  on yourselves.     I am the LORD.

God wasn’t  just trying  to be bossy  or overbearing.     He has  a very valid reason  for giving this instruction.     We need  to be aware  of what we are copying  —  especially if we honestly want to be  God pleasing.

Throughout history,  there have been all sorts  of idol worship practices.     Idol worshipers often sacrificed  their own children  and other people  to pacify their angry gods  —  they practiced witchcraft  —  they worshiped the devil  and all his demons  —  they cast magic spells  and carried charms  to ward off evil spirits  —  they practiced sexual abominations  in their idol temples  —  they practiced  all sorts  of superstitious ceremonies  at funerals  in an attempt  to make their gods friendly  towards the dead person  —   and this list could go on.

One of the ways  idol worshipers tried  to make their gods friendly  towards the dead  was to cut their “bodies”.     They also put “tattoo marks”  on their “bodies”  to honor their idols  in hopes  that their gods  would approve  of them.     These practices  still exist today  amongst idol worshipers  and the superstitious.

Christians  need to be aware  that the love  of God  in Christ Jesus  has shown us  that all these idolatrous practices  are grossly repulsive  and worthless.     We are not  to honor idolatrous practices  in any way  because they glorify the lies  of idolatry.

As we give all  honor and glory  to our Lord Jesus Christ,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  thank You  for freeing us  from all worthless superstitions.     Keep us pure within  for Your name’s sake.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect,   but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that  for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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