(November 30, 2021) Dr Jim McClure, noted theologian, shares a warning …
Can you imagine what your attitude would be if you went on a short holiday and returned to find that your next-door neighbour had expanded his block of land by moving the fence separating his property from yours?
You would not be at all pleased! Your relationship with your neighbour would become hostile and significant personal and legal argument would begin!
Fences are ‘landmarks’ that determine limitations and if they are ignored the consequences can be quite severe at many levels.
When the Israelites entered the Promised Land following their wandering in the wilderness, God assigned particular areas to each tribe and an allocation of land was made to each family. The boundaries of the land were marked by stones that were required to be recognised and respected. To move or remove those stones was a major offence.
In the Old Testament we are told that such boundaries established by God were definitely not to be violated. This was such a serious injunction and it is mentioned in a number of passages in the Old Testament (for example, Deuteronomy 19:14, Deuteronomy 27:17, Proverbs 23:10, Hosea 5:10).(more…)