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Eminent Domain

In the law of man, "eminent domain" is a legal term for the right of the state to acquire private property for public use. While many may think of it as something that only happens under communism, even in nations where we have strong private property rights eminent domain still very much occurs, although financial compensation may be much higher. Examples of eminent domain may be when the government wants to build a freeway through an area, or extend the runway of a major airport, or flood a valley so that a hydro-electric dam may be constructed.

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"

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."

"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day."

"And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters. And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so. And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day."

"And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good. And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so. And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And the evening and the morning were the third day." (Genesis 1:1-13 KJV)

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?
See "Land On Which You Had Not Labored"


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