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Thursday, May 24 2012
The Boundary Law
The LORD (see Appearances Of The LORD God and The First Act Of Faith) is the Creator of all things good. Among those good things are freedom, true freedom, under God's Law. At least two of the Ten Commandments are about boundaries and property rights. Can you see the two most obvious?
"20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.
While the LORD is the Creator of all good things, the loser Satan is the mis-creator of all that is evil and perverted. Satan was the mis-leader (see What Do Leaders Do?) of the first two invasions recorded in history.
The first, Satan's attempted invasion of the very Throne of God:
"14:12 How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
The second invasion, of the set-apart area of "the tree which is in the midst of the garden," was also committed by Satan's projected-to-humans desire to covet and steal.
"3:1 Now the serpent was more subtle than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.
"Thou hast set all the borders of the Earth"
A landmark is a durable object used as a legal reference point between properties, whether on a relatively minor scale, such as adjoining fields between farms, to boundaries between nations, or territories within nations (e.g. the tribes of Israel, as shown on the map). Known from the most ancient times right to the present, landmarks very often were a stone, hence the reason that landmarks were also often known as boundary stones. Moving or violating a landmark is a high crime in the eyes of God, not only because it is a violation of the Commandments against coveting and theft, but also because it is another Satanic attack on God's sovereignty i.e. "for all the earth is Mine" (Exodus 19:5 KJV) and "Thou hast set all the borders of the earth" (Psalm 74:17 KJV).
Property law was codified by the LORD 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 the LORD, after the criminal crosses the line, for "Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark."
"19:14 Thou shalt not remove thy neighbour's landmark, which they of old time have set in thine inheritance, which thou shalt inherit in the land that the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it." (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) as tenants - 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 - while at the same time protecting the national property rights of all other nations (e.g. see "Abraham's Seed: From The Nile To The Euphrates).
"15:18 In the same day 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 - with the same devastating result, to themselves, as lustful and covetous humans have been learning, the hard way, throughout history e.g. see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars.
Unlike the typical swaggering-chimp foreign policy of man however, 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 i.e. "Meddle not with them; for I will not give you of their land":
"2:5 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)
Property rights within Israel were also sacred; those who violated God's Law were destroyed for it e.g. when the heathen Jezebel coveted a man's land, and had him killed so that she could take possession, it was the final outrage in the eyes of the LORD.
"21:11 And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters which she had sent unto them. 21:12 They proclaimed a fast, and set Naboth on high among the people. 21:13 And there came in two men, children of Belial, and sat before him: and the men of Belial witnessed against him, even against Naboth, in the presence of the people, saying, Naboth did blaspheme God and the king. Then they carried him forth out of the city, and stoned him with stones, that he died. 21:14 Then they sent to Jezebel, saying, Naboth is stoned, and is dead.
Fact Finder: What happened when the border between the Israelite tribes east of the Jordan was established?
This Day In History, May 24
1153: King David I of Scotland died and was succeeded by his grandson Malcolm IV.
1261: Alexander IV, antipope 1254-1261, died under suspicious circumstances; some historians believe that he was poisoned by his successor, antipope John XXIII (see The Struggle For The Papacy; listen also to our Sermon Constantine's Papacy).
1543: Nicolaus Copernicus published his theory of a sun-centered solar system, which contradicted the common belief that the sun revolved around the earth (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible).
1621: The Protestant Union (a coalition of Protestant German states) was formally dissolved.
1689: The English Parliament passed the Act of Toleration, protecting Protestants against persecution by Roman Catholics.
1798: Believing that a (Roman Catholic) French invasion of Ireland was imminent, Irish nationalists rose up against the (Protestant) British occupation.
1819: Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born at Kensington Palace in London, the only daughter of the Duke of Kent. As Queen Victoria, she reigned for 63 years, from 1837 until her death in 1901.
1844: Samuel Morse transmitted the world's first telegraph message to his associate 40 miles / 65 kilometers away. The message was "What hath God wrought!" (a quote of Numbers 23:23)
1940: Russian aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky made the first successful single-rotor helicopter flight.
1941: During the Second World War (which began in September 1939 when Germany invaded Poland), the British cruiser HMS Hood was sunk by the massive German battleship Bismarck (52,600 tons, eight 15-inch guns) which began firing 15 miles away. Of the 1,400 crew of the Hood, only 3 survived. Prime Minister Winston Churchill ordered an all-out hunt by the Royal Navy for the Bismarck, which was located and sent to the bottom a few days later by 3 British warships - a bombardment firefight with the Bismarck through the night from the British battleships King George V and Rodney and 3 torpedoes from the British cruiser Dorsetshire the next day.
1943: Admiral Donitz withdrew the German U-boat (submarine) fleet from the open Atlantic due to heavy losses (75% of crews lost) inflicted by the United States, British and Canadian navies.
1950: The "Tripartite Declaration" by Britain, U.S., and France sought to prevent further war in the region of Israel.
1961: U.S. civil rights "Freedom Riders" were arrested in Jackson, Mississippi for "disturbing the peace" - for peacefully getting off their bus.
1967: Egypt blockaded the Red Sea coast of Israel.
1986: Margaret Thatcher became the first British Prime Minister to visit the present-day state of Israel.
1994: The four men who were convicted of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing in New York were each sentenced to 240 years in prison. Over 1,330 pounds of explosives were packed into a vehicle in an underground parking area of the north tower, placed in such a way that the north tower would supposedly fall into the south tower, in an attempt to bring both towers down. Although much damage was done, and thousands of people were injured, including 7 killed, the towers remained standing - until September 2001.
2000: Israel military forces withdrew from Lebanon after 22 years of occupation.