Tattooed To the Family

These days, tattoos are pretty much understood to be a sign of individuality. We get to choose any design we like and any location on our body: anywhere from our tiniest bare toe to the tip of our bald head. But three or four thousand years ago that was not the case. A tattoo was placed on the forehead or the top of the hand where it could easily be seen. It was placed on slaves who had no choice of design or placement – it was a sign of ownership not of individuality. The tattoo was the name of the master.

But the Bible offered a radical change to this use. Those who chose to belong to the Lord and to enter a covenant of peace and protection with him, were free to choose the tattoo on their hand as a sign of belonging to him. It denoted that he was their Father and they were now part of his eternal family (Isaiah 44:5). And the privileges were great. There was the promise of blessing to them, their children and their grandchildren. They would receive the anointing of his Holy Spirit, which, in times prior to this was only available to prophets, priests and kings. A new day was dawning. The New Testament issued a new covenant which is available for all people. The tattoo is the invisible name of God on the forehead of those who choose adoption into his eternal family secured through the shed blood of Jesus on the Cross (Revelation 14:1). The momentous importance of this tattoo will be clear when we stand before God in the final day of judgement.

Only those with this tattoo of the Spirit will receive a place in the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 21:1-8). That’s the only tattoo I really need.

from Frank Eames