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      Psalms 119:1-8                                         Sep. 5 - Oct. 2, 2019
      1 ALEPH. Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.
      2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.
      3 They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
      4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      6 Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.
      7 I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments.
      8 I will keep thy statutes: O forsake me not utterly.
      The following verse stood out to me...
      5 O that my ways were directed to keep thy statutes!
      At first glance it seemed to me this person’s soul is poured out with intense desire to have God’s direction in keeping His Word.
      I made a small wood fire in our backyard for my granddaughter, Julia, since she would be staying overnight with us. My wife and Julia stayed outside at the fire for about half an hour. Then, I found myself alone to watch the fire die out on a particularly lovely evening. So I took my verse from above and began to repeat it for memorization. As I repeated the verse, I tried to contemplate the words and apply them to what I was seeing around me. 
      The moon and stars were out now peering through the scattered clouds above.
      [Genesis 1:16 And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also. Genesis 1:17 And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth, Genesis 1:18 And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.]
      Thought 1         
      The moon has stayed his course since the day God created him, also the stars, obeying the statutes directed by God from the first day they were created. Can you imagine God’s direction to the Moon and stars, “moon you will have a path through the sky above the earth, stars you will occupy the firmament above the moon and be clearly visible in the cloudless night sky.”
      Then, the trees, grass, even the air we breathe obey the statues God gave them from the beginning. None of these creations have souls, none have hearts, none have intelligence, but they all observe God’s statutes, His instructions for their limited time on earth.
      Thought 2
      What if we were like the moon, stars, trees, grass, or the other creations which have no soul? We would be directed to keep God’s statutes without choosing to keep them. This is not the image of God, there would be no dominion over other creatures, or over the earth. We would not be capable of experiencing the joy and peace of learning the love of God
      Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
      Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
      Thought 3 (October 2, 2019)
      Is the psalmist pleading God to force God’s statutes to become the man’s ways? No, he is speaking of his own failure in keeping God’s statutes and his desire to keep them, very much like Paul in Romans 7:14-25.
      God doesn’t work through force to turn men from their ways that they would desire His statutes or desire God Himself. Men must reject (repent) put aside his own ways and voluntarily seek God and His statutes.

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I agree. 

If God wanted us to have tattoos, He would have given them to us.  Actually, we do have His tattoo.

Ephesians 1:13-14 In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

As to man marking the flesh, God said in the Mosaic Law that it was not to be done.  While we are not bound to the Mosaic Law, we can see that God did not want it to be done under the Law.  Sin is the transgression of the Law, according to John's epistle.  We can look and see that for the ancient Israelites, God saw tattooing a sinful act.  Therefore, we should have the mindset that, although we are not under the Law, we should want to please God in all that we do.

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I agree with you about tattoos, but even of much greater weight our opinions match with the Word of God who says:

 

 Romans 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 

 

 

1 Thessalonians 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. 

 

I represent Christ in my body and am not to conform to this world nor appear to agree or join in with practices that are worldly or evil in nature.  

 

Tattooing is all about self and self-promotion, not Creator Christ.

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Yes, it's wrong, but considering how watered down the preaching is in so many churches today it's little wonder new, young and immature Christians do these things.

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Those that had them done before they were born again are clean, and don't need to be ashamed.

Thank you for this reminder. I have three tattoos. All in places that are covered in modest clothing, but still. I'm always worried the one on my back will peek through if my shirt gets caught while sitting and tugs a little too much in the back. I will say there may be some exceptions, though. For example, my husband got a pentagram tattooed on his inner wrist when we were dating. It's not in a spot he can conceal during the warmer months when long sleeves would be unbearable, so he plans on getting it covered up with solid black ink. Yeah, it will look funny, but he is so ashamed of that pentagram. Of course, he feels poorly about getting inked again, but we looked into laser removal and it's far too expensive for us to afford :(

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Thank you for this reminder. I have three tattoos. All in places that are covered in modest clothing, but still. I'm always worried the one on my back will peek through if my shirt gets caught while sitting and tugs a little too much in the back. I will say there may be some exceptions, though. For example, my husband got a pentagram tattooed on his inner wrist when we were dating. It's not in a spot he can conceal during the warmer months when long sleeves would be unbearable, so he plans on getting it covered up with solid black ink. Yeah, it will look funny, but he is so ashamed of that pentagram. Of course, he feels poorly about getting inked again, but we looked into laser removal and it's far too expensive for us to afford :(

Everyone who was "out in the world" before salvation has reminders of where they came from and the marvelous grace of God.

Some are evident to all they come in contact with, but all are seen by the one bearing them.

I understand his desire to eradicate that particular one and this is one area where he fits "Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind." (and yes, I know the direct context of that verse).

 

He won't be able to please everyone in that decision.

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I try not to judge.....many had tattoos before salvation, and many more probably got Christian style tattoos while young in the faith and didn't know better. I think it's something that could occasionally be mentioned in a message, but should not be a hobby horse by any means.

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I try not to judge.....many had tattoos before salvation, and many more probably got Christian style tattoos while young in the faith and didn't know better. I think it's something that could occasionally be mentioned in a message, but should not be a hobby horse by any means.

Yup-that's me! Got a little one on my upper left arm. I keep it as a reminder of what I was, and what I can be again if I slip.

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Thank you for this reminder. I have three tattoos. All in places that are covered in modest clothing, but still. I'm always worried the one on my back will peek through if my shirt gets caught while sitting and tugs a little too much in the back. I will say there may be some exceptions, though. For example, my husband got a pentagram tattooed on his inner wrist when we were dating. It's not in a spot he can conceal during the warmer months when long sleeves would be unbearable, so he plans on getting it covered up with solid black ink. Yeah, it will look funny, but he is so ashamed of that pentagram. Of course, he feels poorly about getting inked again, but we looked into laser removal and it's far too expensive for us to afford :(

I'd wear a wristband or cover it up another way before I'd get more ink.

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I believe I would wear a long sleeve shirt all the time.

 

We have a local that attends the coC, he has them everywhere I suppose. He wears those muscle shirts & all you can see is tattoos on all exposed skin. Them about six months or so back he started piercing. UGH, he went from bad to worse.

 

He is married to one of my classmates & he talked her into tattoos too. Would not be surprised if she has started the other too.

 

And sometime when you see him from the front you can tell he has piecing under his shirt, you can see outline!

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I read about the many brands that they used on ranches for horses and cattle.  They meant something besides ownership.  I call tattoo's "The devil's brand".  It shows the world whose side they are on. 

 

Many ex-military men, (and women) and gang members have them --they are usually making a point, or identifying with a group.

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I read about the many brands that they used on ranches for horses and cattle.  They meant something besides ownership.  I call tattoo's "The devil's brand".  It shows the world whose side they are on. 

 

Many ex-military men, (and women) and gang members have them --they are usually making a point, or identifying with a group.

You could be right on this one, irishman.  The tattoo could be identifying one with the world just as the earring in the Old Testament was a sign that a freed slave who did not want to leave his master would allow his master to pierce his ear with an awl.  He would then be the slave of that man for life.

Now, as far as tattoos, the prohibition was against cutting oneself for the dead or putting print on his body.  Could the print also be for the dead? or does it stand alone and mean tattoos  for any purpose whatsoever?

I tend to believe it was for the dead.  The tattoo may have been a mark, (as in mark of the beast, after which receiving it there was no hope for the one who received that mark) that signified that person, though living, was dead.

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Tattoos are a mark of identification, whether one is identifying themselves with a gang, a persons name or image, or something they want to broadcast about a belief or something they hold to, or as in the case of immature Christians getting a cross tattoo to try and identify themselves as a Christian.

 

It's also a common practice for many to get tattoos in honour of the dead.

 

For those Christians who mature enough to realize the sin of their tattoos, I agree they should do what they can to keep them under cover. I also agree a big deal shouldn't be made of those who had tattoos from years past so long as they don't make a deal of showing them off. I've met a few Christians over the years who are obviously still proud of their tattoos and love to show them off.

 

This is similar to those who give their testimony and rather than give glory to God for saving them from their sins, they brag and glory in how bad they once were.

 

Thankfully, I resisted all temptation to get a tattoo and I have none. It seems though that over the past 20 years or so tattoos have become so popular and the "in thing" to do, that a great many people have them now, including many women.

 

A couple years ago I was reading something by a Christian who now works with youth. I was reading along and thinking how great it was to hear someone hold up so many of the fundamentals and talked like an old time Baptist. Then I come to a section near the end of the story where he talked about getting "Christian tattoos" so he could better relate to those he was reaching out to. Naturally he cited the passage where Paul said he became all things to all men to win some (out of context, of course!). So sad to read that.

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One important facet of tattoos is, as mentioned above, the associations that they make.  Tattoos were a part of the pagan cultures that surrounded the ancient Israelites.  Similar to cutting for the dead, perhaps this was a part of why God commanded against them in the Law.  In addition to our bodies belonging to God, it's a separation thing.  In western culture, tattoos started off as form of deviance and rebellion and was particularly prevalent in prisons.  It is only fairly recently that they have become an accepted form of expression in secular society.  Just like hairstyles, clothes, and other possessions, they say something about the person.  With the strong associations with deviance/rebellion and various forms of paganism, no Christian should consider getting one (or another one if they had one before they turned their life over to Christ) any more than he/she should consider listening to rock or rap music, consulting a psychic, hiring a prostitute, or buying a pound of cocaine.

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Speaking of tattoos for the dead, one of my mother's best friends had her husband pass away a few years back.  Their grandson decided to get a tattoo with the date and RIP PaPaw on his arm. 

Which he did.

He posted the picture on Facebook, he was so proud of that tattoo and that he could remember his grandfather in that manner.  When he posted it, I immediately caught an error.  The date on his arm was the day BEFORE his grandfather's death.

I tried to tell him, but he would not believe me.  So I got the Newspaper and showed him the date.

His mistake, but he hasn't talked to me since.

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