New Tattoo | Da'at Elohim

I am so excited about this! I finally got my 3rd tattoo. I got my first tattoo (a Jesus fish with a flower in the middle) when I turned 18. I got my second tattoo a few months after that on my rib (a dove). So it has been a hot minute since I have gotten some new ink considering I am now 27.

It is interesting that I was not really a believer when I got both of those tattoos. Yet, for some reason, those are the ones I chose. I like to think it was God saying, "you don't know this yet, but someday you will be mine." As I have grown, they have come to carry so much meaning.

In contrast to my other 2 tattoos, a lot of thought went into this tattoo... so I thought I would share more about it. (I got this done at Out of Town Tattoo. They were amazing and I highly recommend them!)

The tattoo says "da'at Elohim" which means "knowledge of God" in Hebrew.

This is only found once in scripture and it is in Hosea 6:6: "For I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifice, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings."

There are 3 different layers of meaning for me and the words "da'at Elohim."

The book of Hosea. The scripture where this phrase is found is in the book of Hosea. Hosea is a story of redemption. God asks Hosea to marry a prostitute (Gomer) to represent his love for Israel (God's people). I love the story of Hosea and Gomer because I can relate to it. Struggling through identity and worth when I was younger but now being able to recognize that God was pursuing my heart, even in the mess. (The video below is a really cool overview of this book if you care to learn more!)

The word da'at. This word can be translated as devotion. Another Hebrew word for the english word "to know" is yadah or yada. Yaddah does not mean knowledge as in "to have information", but rather "to know someone in relationship". It looks like walking closely with God and being emotionally in-tune with Him.

The name Elohim. This is one of God's many names. When God first introduces himself in the book of Genesis, this is the name he uses for himself. It means He is the Strong Creator God. I recently started reading a book about God's names by Tony Evens. The first chapter is about this particular name. Amongst learning other really cool stuff about this name, the most fascinating was that Elohim is actually the plural version of El. Not only does this name represent the Father, but also the Son and the Holy Spirit.
"The literal translation of the name Elohim is 'strong one.' It has to do with God's sovereignty and His authority, reflecting the greatness of His power." (pg 32,  The Power of God's Names)
I thought I was a little clever when I thought of the fact that this name for God means "creator" and I have it stamped on my arm. It made me think of the tags that say "made in (fill in the blank)." It's like I have HIS stamp on me!
"But watches have watchmakers, paintings have painters, designs have designers, and creation has a creator." (pg 33, The Power of God's Names)

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