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by Wayne Blank
The word eminent may be defined as "standing above others in quality or position," while domain may be defined as "territory over which rule or control is exercised." In a way, property owners are merely tenants on the state's land. If you don't think that's true, consider what would surely happen if you didn't pay your property taxes on the home that you "own" - they, the ultimate owners, would eventually sell it right from under you to get their overdue taxes (most municipalties only do so as a last resort, but some are much more aggressive than others. I once-in-my-life forgot to pay my municipal taxes for my house on the right day and was just one day late, for which I was charged an extra $3. in overdue fees; when I asked if they would pay me $3 if I were a day early, they just laughed - they thought that I was joking as I was digging through my pocket for $3 in change to pay my "debt to society"). Affected property owners often find eminent domain a painful experience, and understandably so, particularly when the property has been held by the owner or the owner's family for a long time and they have an emotional attachment to it.
"The Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth"
Eminent domain is usually thought of as a state over its people, but the principle can be taken to a much higher level - God over the nations, since it is God who created the earth and Who owns it. Nations are born and can cease to exist, empires rise and fall, but "The Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth" (Genesis 14:9 KJV) is forever. His purpose sometimes involves the principle of eminent domain, but those affected are also compensated through the salvation of all humanity that is in the process of completion by means of those He places where He wants them to be.
The earth, and everyone and everything on His earth, would not exist if not for the Creator:
"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."
Fact Finder: How is it that The Lord legally displaced the Canaanite people from their land so that the Israelites, who were no better than any other people (and who still aren't), could possess it for God's purpose? How is it that the Canaanites may be (if they repent and turn to the true God) eventually "compensated" by the salvation that is now available to all nations because of events that were and are to take place in the land of Israel?