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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?

Landmark

"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.

20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And showing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:2-17 KJV)

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:

Serpent In A Fig Tree

"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!

14:13 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: 14:14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High." (Isaiah 14:12-14 KJV)

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.

And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? (see The Church In The Garden)

3:2 And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.

3:4 And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: 3:5 For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat." (Genesis 3:1-6 KJV)

"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).

Tribal Map 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)

"22:28 Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set." (Proverbs 22:28 KJV)

"27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbour's landmark." (Deuteronomy 27:17 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)

"2:9 And the LORD said unto me, Distress not the Moabites, neither contend with them in battle: for I will not give thee of their land for a possession; because I have given Ar unto the children of Lot for a possession." (Deuteronomy 2:9 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.

21:15 And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned, and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, Arise, take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, which he refused to give thee for money: for Naboth is not alive, but dead. 21:16 And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it.

21:17 And the word of the LORD came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 21:18 Arise, go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, which is in Samaria: behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth, whither he is gone down to possess it. 21:19 And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, Hast thou killed, and also taken possession? And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, Thus saith the LORD, In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine." (1 Kings 21:11-19 KJV)

Fact Finder: What happened when the border between the Israelite tribes east of the Jordan was established?
See On The Brink Of Civil War


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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)

1915: During the First World War (listen to our Sermons The European World Wars, The Balfour Declaration and The Ottoman Empire), Italy declared war on Austria-Hungary.

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.





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