Chapter 19 of Leviticus starts off with several guidelines or laws, including the commandments that state how one should refrain from worshiping false idols and prophets, respect their parents and obey the Sabbath. Disobeying these laws meant that a person was going against the word of God. If a person did not follow these rules, they were to be cut off from the community.
There were also laws on how to properly harvest one’s crops. God said that there should be a portion of the crops given to those who are poor and hungry. The rich and powerful should not have special privileges that give them advantages over everyone else.
The people of Israel were instructed by God to respect their elders, respect the house of the Lord, and to refrain from turning to mediums. God also said to show respect to nonbelievers as well as believers. This was aimed at the Israelites that were living in Egypt at the time.
The chapter ends with a summary and a reiteration that all of the Lord’s commands and rules should be followed. Those who chose to disobey would suffer the consequences.
The guideline that I personally disobeyed without knowing is Leviticus 19:28, Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the LORD. I have a few tattoo’s which I now need to ask forgiveness for betraying the Lord without knowing.
So do you have tattoos? How do you feel about this scripture? Do you feel that like other guidelines laid out in this chapter this verse too is overlooked?