You are not to make gashes on your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves; I am the LORD.
~Leviticus 19:28, CSB
Treat your body like a temple not a woodshed.
I finished the Living New Testament a couple of weeks back. I loved it. Some days I would have sparks flying right and left but the CSB has been difficult to date. Holman came out with their own translation several years ago when the NIV copyright ran out for our Sunday School literature. The NIV wanted so much money to renew that LifeWay did their own translation but it had a few problems. I was going to change from the NASB to Holman but I found a couple of places that made me a little uncomfortable with the HSCB. Evidently, LifeWay picked up on this and they revised it a little more than a year ago. One of the pastors told me about Monday when I mentioned that I was looking for a new translation. I have read about 10 chapters in two days but so far the sparks aren’t flying. I did come across this verse yesterday morning and I do like the way they translated this verse. As Bob Harrington use to say, “Smoking will not send you to hell but it will make you smell like you have been there.” I don’t think a tattoo will send you to hell either but is definitely wrong. I would not encourage anyone to get one. Matter of fact, I beg folks to get them removed. I know, it is Old Testament: so is thou shall not murder. Most of the laws in the Old Testament are given for our benefit. Remember the sabbath day and keep it holy is a good example. The Jews did not establish this law; God did. He worked six days and then took a sabbath. It is a good law and it was designed for our benefit. Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water. Yes many Jewish customs and rituals such as animal sacrifice were fulfilled in Christ and no longer need to be practiced but all O.T. laws are not bad.
Apparently, the Canaanites used tattoos and body marks to celebrate their pagan deities and to pray for the dead. Some think that Moses teaching is simply: don’t act like heathens. Many people believe that there is nothing immoral about a tattoo, it is simply a matter of taste. That may be so but I for one think it is unhealthy, unattractive and a sign of poor judgment.
- Got my third coon last night. The traps are baited for tonight. I really wish they would get the message. I don’t like killing things, not even coons. I shot the one yesterday with June’s 38. It was over kill, little fellow looked like he had been shot with a cannon. So I priced a 22 Rifle at Wally World. I went into shock, $269.00. Are you kidding? It was a single shot bolt action. It should have been $99.00.
- Traffic in Huntsville is getting worse by the day. I left for HH at 4:30 and it was go-slow on the I-565-Speedway. The exit for Memorial Parkway South was backed up to the Governors drive exit. I’ve never seen that before.
- Remember to pray for our President and First Lady…