The Truth about Tattoos
You go down a little further, and then He begins to talk more in Exodus 20:1, He talks
about then the practices in the land; so this scripture on tattooing is set in the conte xt of
occult involvement that went on in Egypt, and went on in Canaan. God was quite strong
and very forceful in His directions about being involved in the occult. He said: do not be
defiled by them. Do not do any of these abominations. In other words, do not open your
life to occult practices in any way - you will give room for demonic powers to enter your
So the reason that God set this principle in place, was because He knew the connection
between tattooing and the occult realm. He wanted to keep His people free from occult
involvement, so that they could walk in the blessings and inherit their land.
So the only other places that there are references to this kind of thing - of the cutting of
the flesh - are found in 1 Kings 18. You remember the story when Elijah had a
confrontation with the prophets of Baal, and when he had a confrontation with them, he
called on them to demonstrate the power, the supernatural power of their Gods. What
they did was, they began to cut their flesh! They made themselves bleed; and he just
mocked them and belittled them, and then demonstrated the true power of a covenant
In the New Testament, there's a story of a man called the Gadarene in Mark, Chapter 5.
When we look at that man, he was heavily demonised. He had a legion of demons in
him - that's 6,000 demons. Here's the interesting thing it said: when he came near
Jesus, the demons began to manifest - and the guy used to cut himself! So you notice
the cutting, the marking of the flesh, in the Bible, is continually associated with the
occult realm, and with bondage, or slavery, or servitude to that.
So in a number of places in the Bible, it talks about the issue of blood and bloodshed.
When God began a walk with Abraham, one of the things He required Abra ham to do
was to cut a covenant with Him. A covenant is the most strong, or the most binding,
agreement that could be made between two people; or between a person and God. God
is a covenant keeping God, so covenants in the Bible - God instructed him how to make
a covenant, and it involved these things. There was a sacrifice, there was a loss of an
animal, an animal shed its life; so he killed the animal, and cut it in two, and the blood
was sprinkled there. Then the two people making covenant would walk between the two
parts of the animal, and various promises were made, or commitments were made; but
a blood covenant, or a covenant - one of the things that characterise covenants in the
Bible: always there was the shedding of blood.
So when you see any practice that involves the shedding of blood, you are looking at
covenant formation. Anything that deliberately involves the shedding of blood, involves