sea boundary

“Seek and ye shall find.”  Recently I’ve been perplexed over the whole boundary issue. The concept of breaking down boundaries between countries is a world wide phenomena and most recently escalated through allowing refugees (predominantly young able bodied men) to flee the Middle East into whatever nation will receive them. As a result terrorism has abounded on every shore, just recently by the horrific carnage in Nice, France by a Muslim jihadist imported from Tunisia but claiming French citizenship.  Citizens don’t mow down over 130 of their neighbors.

There are some boundaries that need to be torn down.  For example, when the wall that divided East and West Berlin came down the world rejoiced.  This was a case of a nation already defined by borders broken into two segments because of political division.   We all see this evidenced in the breaking up into two countries of North and South Korea.  Look what a difference a line can make.

But generally boundaries or borders were originally defined to separate and protect individual nations.  The global one world government agenda wants all walls to come down so we will be “one big happy family”.

Is this a Biblical principle?  This morning I was reading Numbers 34 and was drawn to how the Israelites were to be defined by patriarchal tribes and the land that was their inheritance in Canaan would have established borders.

In Hebrew border is defined as landmark, boundary, territory enclosed, limit, etc.  Moses gave explicit instructions on how the land was to be divided by boundaries and, of course, respect would be shown for the landmarks or boundary lines.  The boundary lines were not there to divide the tribes but to define them.  This has always been God’s way.

“And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying, Command the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land of Canaan; (this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance, even the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof:)

Then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outermost coast of the salt sea eastward;

And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin: and the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadesh-barnea, and shall go on to Hazar-addar, and pass on to Azmon:

And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt, and the goings out of it shall be at the sea.

And as for the western border, ye shall even have the great sea for a border: this shall be your west border.”

no limits

These borders were established and borders continued to define nations down through the centuries.  But now there is a global cry for “no borders”.   There is something inherent in carnal man to want to press beyond establish borders because they are looked on as limits or restraints.  The sin nature desires to “cast off restraint”.  No one wants boundaries anymore, but boundaries and borders are established by God for protection and distinction.  We need boundaries in our own lives as well.  Freedom is not breaking God-given fences because the Lord has said He will be hedge of protection and a “wall of fire” around us.

Let us be content in living within God’s established boundaries in our own lives for though Jesus said it was a “narrow” way the “highway of holiness” is a path of safety and the Lord will keep us from evil.

“And a highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called the Way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those, the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”  Isaiah 35:8

 

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