Numbers 34:2 There Will Be Boundaries

Command the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries:’ Numbers 34:2

Every nation and city on the earth has some boundary set up that defines where it is. Boundaries are what help guide others as to where a city or nation is located and who controls it.

Although most people do not want to have boundaries limiting them, most places have some type of boundary set up. While boundaries can appear to restrict, they can also give freedom.

God told the Israelites that when they entered the promised land of Canaan there would be boundaries set up as He gives them the land.

When boundaries are set up, many people feel as if they are being stifled or held back and they no longer have full freedom. In the church, many will consider boundaries as legalism and reject all boundaries claiming freedom in Christ.

While there is freedom in Christ, there are also some boundaries that are in place. With no boundaries, all one has is chaos.

The boundaries a believer has are not always physical ones as with the Israelites but are spiritual ones. God does not His children to fall into sinful practices and move away from His will, so He sets up boundaries.

There are sins that God specifically tells His people to flee from. There are guidelines as to how to act and think in order to live the holy and righteous life that God has called every believer to live.

Boundaries given by God are not to enslave a person and hold one back, but to allow them to live a full abundant life in Christ Jesus, not a life of sin and death. They are to let the world know that believers are different and belong to God.

Regardless of where you go in life, there is always some type of boundary you must accept. Just as you are willing to accept the boundaries of property, you must be willing, as a believer, to accept the boundaries God has placed in your life.

Live within the boundaries God places so that you can live the full life God has for you. Do not leave these boundaries for temporary sin and eternal death. These boundaries are placed to keep you safe in God’s will, not to hold you down.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will know the boundaries God has for you; that God will guide you on how to live the abundant life He has for you; and that God will strengthen and guide you to stay in the boundaries He has for you.

Judges 1:1 Seeking God’s Directions

Split path

After the death of Joshua, the Israelites asked the LORD, “Who of us is to go up first to fight against the Canaanites?” Judges 1:1 

Every day billions of decisions are made by people all over the world. Some of the decisions are very major ones that can decide the outcome of the individual or even of nations, while the majority are minor ones, affecting only a few people.

With every decision there are at least two different choices to make, to do or not do something. After that, the possibility of choices is endless. The results of a choice can also be a simple effect or a major affect.

How people make the choice is different for each person? Some will actually toss a coin to make the decision. Others will seek advice from other people, read books or articles on it, or just wild guess the decision to be made.

Moses had been the one who started making choices for the Israelites, then it was Joshua. Now that both were gone, the Israelites had to make the choice themselves. The very first thing that they did was to ask God about the choices. The chose to let God make the choice Himself and then follow through with His decision.

Just as everyone else in the world has to make decisions, so does every believer. Individual all the way up to corporate level choices need to be made on a daily basis.

Unlike the world, however, the believer has One who can hep make the perfect choice every time. Every believer can be filled with God’s Holy Spirit to guide them and every believer can ask God for direction. There is no decision or choice to be made that is too big or too small to ask God about.

You may have some choices to be made in the near days to come. Think about how you make your choice. Is it on your own or in the ways of the world? Or are you seeking God to guide your choice?

God knows what is the best choice to be made. Take the time to stop and seek His answer. It may be a choice that the world would also make, or it could be something very different. God sees and knows the big picture, so He also knows the best way to do things.

Take time today to ask God for direction. He is generous and will give it.

I pray today that you will seek God’s directions; that you will trust God’s directions for your life; that you will follow God’s directions in your life; and that God will reveal His great grace and favor in your life. 

Numbers 34:2 Boundary Lines

Fence line

Command the Israelites and say them: When you enter Canaan, the land that you will allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries: Numbers 34:2

In life it is very common to have a boundary line. Countries, states, counties, and cities always have a boundary line. These boundary lines are put in place to show where ownership is located. The authorities are not able to cross those lines with their power.

Even individual people have boundary lines on their own personal property. They often will put up a fence to let others know where that line is. They want to protect their property from their neighbor.

As the Israelites were getting ready to go into the land of Canaan and take the land, God gave them boundary lines where they could live and own. They were not free just to live anywhere, but in a specific area of land.

This type of boundary is often accepted by most people. However, there are other types of boundaries that are not always accepted as easily. Many businesses have a dress-code boundary for their workers. They are given boundaries on how they can dress for work. There are boundaries on how fast a person can drive down the road, boundaries on what a person can say in public, how a person may act.

God has also given people non-physical boundaries in this life. The believer is not to step over the boundary line into sin. They are not to stray off the path that God has set them upon on their journey to heaven. They are not to step off into the boundary of hate and harm, but to stay in the boundaries of love.

Boundaries are set by God to help each person individually and everyone as a whole.

Although it is common to not fully understand why God has set up a boundary in your  life, you can trust God that it is for your benefit. God never sets boundaries without love in mind.

Do not be like some people and attempt to step across the boundary line into territory that God has forbidden you to take. Keep clear of the line so that you will stay in God’s purpose and will for your life.

Know that God has your best in mind when He sets the boundary line. It is for your benefit, not to hold you back.

I pray today that you will know the boundary lines God has set up in your life; that you will stay on the path God has for you; that you will trust God’s choices in your life; and that you will know the inheritance you have in Christ Jesus.

Leviticus 18:3 Don’t Do As They Do

Assimilation

You must not do as they do in Egypt, where you used to live, and you must not do as they do in the land of Canaan, where I am bringing you. Do not follow their practices. Leviticus 18:3

Adapting to the actions that people do is something that most people are very good at doing. A person gets around some new people and he very quickly begins to act as they do, regardless of what he originally believed or thought.

Foreigners travel into the USA on a regular basis to begin a new life in America. Over time, a person will still have some of his cultural habits from his original country still in him. While this is still there, he will begin to assimilate into the cultural actions and thoughts of an American. He will begin to do as the people he is living around does.

As the Israelites were in the desert, God told them not to be like the Egyptians, whom they had left, nor to be like those in Canaan, where they are going to. Both the Egyptians and those in Canaan were people who did not follow God. They lived according to their own desires in sin. The Israelites were to be different, to think, speak and act differently than the others in the world.

Believers today are to be the same way. No believer should live as he used to live prior to coming to Jesus. Nor should he act like those around him. Every thought, action and spoken word is to be patterned after those of Jesus. He is to be set apart, holy unto the Lord.

Not every believer is living like this. Many have adapted the ways of the world and brought into the church as though it is a good thing. When looked at, many believers and churches don’t look any different from the world, actively participating in sinful ways and beliefs, while claiming to follow Jesus.

In your own life, you must be careful not to adapt to the ways of the world. You must also turn from your old ways to live for God.

When you look at your own life, who do you look, act and sound like? Are you looking like the world around you? Or are you looking like Jesus, who has saved you from all of your sin, cleansed you and made you whole, set apart to be different?

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus offers you; that you will live your life for God; that you will be set apart, holy unto God; that you will be a shining light of Jesus to this world; and that you will follow God with all of your life. 

Numbers 34:1-2 Boundaries

The LORD said to Moses, “Command the Israelites and say to them: When you enter Canaan, the land that will be allotted to you as an inheritance is to have these boundaries: Numbers 34:1-2

As the Israelites were getting ready to go into Canaan God told them that they would have some boundaries. He lays out the details of where the boundaries of their land will be. It would be a very specific area of land that the Israelites would possess. The Israelites were not to cross those boundaries to try and take possession of those other areas.

It is often believed that God will give a person everything. Many people, when given something, expect that they can take everything. They feel that there is no limitations to be expected of them as to what they can have or do.

This desire for everything comes from the sin of coveting or greed. The human heart cannot be satisfied with just a little, they want everything or at least a little more than the other person.

In your life God has given you various things, but as He does so, He also sets boundaries. Those boundaries are not to be crossed. Unlike the Roman or English Empires, believers are not to strive to gain the whole world. Don’t forget what Jesus said about what good would it do to gain the whole world, but lose your soul.

God has placed you in a position to do the best that can be done for His kingdom by you. If you strive to go outside those boundary lines, you are pushing God out of control and doing things your own way. In doing so, you will mess up God’s plan for your life.

As God gives you things or positions, ask Him what the boundaries are. Find out where your limits are and stay within them. God may give you a very large area, or like the Israelites, it may be a very small area. Trust God in His decision for you. Be a good steward with what God has given you, don’t try to have everything.

I pray today that God will reveal the boundaries He wants you to have; that you will be content with what God has for your life; that you will use what God has given you to build His kingdom; and that you will be His witness in this world.