The Truth about Tattoos
Storm and the Winds and the Weather, they worshipped the Gods of Fertility, and they
had tremendous perverse acts went with it - and they got themselves tattooed.
It was part of the allegiance to their Gods that they had the tattoos. A tattoo's just a
mark in ink, but actually it's what it opens your life to, is what's important.
So when God gives this command, He's talking in the context of making sure you don't
get defiled by demonic powers. Notice what He says here:
Verse 4 - “Do not turn to idols, nor make yourself moulded Gods, for I am the Lord your
Verse 28 – “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh. Don't mark, cut or destroy or
blemish your flesh for the dead; nor any tattoo marks on you, for I am the Lord”.
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 context 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 life.
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.
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 keeping God.
In the New Testament, there's a story of a man called the Gadarene, in Mark 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