“Do not turn to idols, nor make for yourselves molded gods: I am the Lord your God.
We mustn’t ever read a verse like this and think that we are in the clear because we don’t bow down to little stone or metal gods with candles all around them. Idols can take all forms, all shapes and sizes. We can idolize our children, our recreational activities, celebrities, and any number of things. We can even idolize ministry. We must guard our hearts from any form of ‘idol worship’ and at all costs, preserve the sanctity of our worship of God and Him alone.
You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor tattoo any marks on you: I am the Lord.
A lot of people will use this verse to prohibit tattoos of any kind. This is a reference to a pagan form of tattooing which came alongside of idol worship. Having said that, “Is it a sin to get a tattoo?” the apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthians 10:23, “All things are lawful for me, but not all things are helpful; all things are lawful for me, but not all things edify.” There are a lot of things we have the freedom to do, but they may not be edifying. The whole world of ‘tattoos’ and the ‘artistry’ of them is at the core a very dark and ungodly world. I personally believe that when we begin to look no different from the world around us, we risk losing the fragrance of Christ to a world which so desperately needs Him.
“Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits; do not seek after them, to be defiled by them: I am the Lord your God.
Delving into horoscopes, palm and tarot card reading is a dangerous thing. What can seem like innocent fun, can lead us down an evil path and right into the hands of the enemy. Such a world is very dark. We must always keep in mind the writing is Paul in Ephesians 6:12, “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.”
And if the people of the land should in any way hide their eyes from the man, when he gives some of his descendants to Molech (the sacrifice of children), and they do not kill him, 5 then I will set My face against that man and against his family; and I will cut him off from his people, and all who prostitute themselves with him to commit harlotry with Molech.
Deafening our ears and closing our eyes to the horrific things that are happening around us, makes us as guilty as those who are doing such things. There are consequences of such a thing. We must always and all costs stand for righteousness, even when it goes against the norm.
And you shall not walk in the statutes of the nation which I am casting out before you; for they commit all these things, and therefore I abhor them.
We will see that the Israelites failed to do this and as a result fell into great, self-inflicted calamity.