Hezekiah was 25 when his evil father King Ahaz died. He reigned as King of Judah for 29 years in Jerusalem. “And he did that which was right in the sight of the Lord.” (II Chronicles 29:2)
He set about repairing and then sanctifying the Temple which his father Ahaz had defiled. Then Hezekiah invited all Israel and Judah to come celebrate the Passover in Jerusalem. It was too late in the year for the Passover, but it couldn’t be celebrated at the correct time because the Temple had not yet been sanctified.
After the Passover celebration was over the people who had been there went out and cut down all the groves, destroyed all the images, altars, and high places that Ahaz had dedicated to evil and false gods.
Hezekiah continued with all his heart his work in service to the house of God, and God prospered him.
Sennaeherib the king of Assyria came into Judah with a mighty army to fight against Jerusalem. Sennaeherib started trash talking God, Continue reading →
In the New International Version of the Holy Bible the word tattoo appears exactly one time, in Leviticus, Chapter 19 verse 28. “Do not cut your bodies for the dead or put tattoo marks on yourselves. I am the Lord.” The King James Version translates this verse somewhat differently: “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” When I was a child we went on a church bicycle ride and passed by a Jewish cemetery. One of the things that was said about it was that some Jewish burial societies do not allow anyone with a voluntary tattoo to be buried in their cemetery. A voluntary tattoo is a permanent sign of defying God’s Law.
As Christians we need to remember that the Old Testament is God’s Word as much as the New Testament. God’s rules for us from the Old Testament apply to us today just as they did before Jesus Christ came to Earth and established the New Covenant of Grace through His suffering on the Cross, His Death, His descent into Hell, and His Resurrection. Some things have changed, such as what foods are clean as a result of Peter’s Vision in Acts chapter 10, verses 9 to 16, with the New Covenant, but many have not.
God the Father made it plain in Leviticus that he did not approve of tattoos. There is nothing later in the Bible to indicate that he approves of them. Therefore, it is suggested that Christians refrain from allowing their bodies to be tattooed.
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