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by Wayne Blank
"Remove not the old landmark ... For their Redeemer is mighty"
Property law was codified by God very early. Violating a property or border landmark has always been very easy - the difficulty, the lethal wrath, begins from the homeland defenders, and from God, after the criminal crosses the line i.e. "Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark" (see below).
"Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance" (Deuteronomy 19:14 KJV)
When the Israelites entered their physical promised land, they were not taking the property of the people who had been living there (i.e. Amorites, Canaanites, Jebusites - references to "their land" meant simply that the Amorites, Canaanites, Jebusites were occupying the land, not the God-decreed owners of it). All of the earth has belonged to The Lord right from the time that He created it. As the sole ultimate Owner, He granted that particular territory to the Israelite descendants of Abraham centuries before they arrived to claim it after the Exodus. The Israelites were already the prescribed owners long before they arrived.
"The Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates" (Genesis 15:18 KJV)
Nevertheless, when The Lord decreed the boundaries of Israel, He was not merely protecting the rights of the people of Israel; He was also protecting the property rights of the other nations across the borders from Israel. If that were not the case, The Lord would not have decreed borders for Israel at all. With The Lord with them, the Israelites were invincible, they could have over-run the world like a cancer - with the same devastating result as a cancer (as lustful and covetous humans have been doing throughout history - see Ancient Empires - Assyria, Ancient Empires - Babylon, Ancient Empires - Greece, Ancient Empires - Persia and Ancient Empires - Rome).
But unlike the foreign policy of man, God's "foreign policy" is not a malignancy toward the rest of humanity, the rest of God's children. An example, when The Lord protected the property rights of the people of Esau and the Moabites, among all others across the boundaries of Israel, from invasion by the Israelites:
"Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land, no, not so much as a foot breadth; because I have given mount Seir unto Esau for a possession" (Deuteronomy 2:5 KJV)
Fact Finder: Even within Israel itself, did The Lord decree legal territorial allotments for each of the tribes of Israel?