Boundary Lines

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Command the people, When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, as defined by its borders), your south side shall be from the wilderness of Zin alongside Edom, and your southern border shall run from the end of the Salt Sea on the east. And your border shall turn south of the ascent of Akrabbim, and cross to Zin, and its limit shall be south of Kadesh-barnea. Then it shall go on to Hazar-addar, and pass along to Azmon. And the border shall turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and its limit shall be at the sea. For the western border, you shall have the Great Sea and its coast. This shall be your western border. From the Great Sea you shall draw a line to Mount Hor. From Mount Hor you shall draw a line to Lebo-hamath, and the limit of the border shall be at Zedad. Then the border shall extend to Ziphron, and its limit shall be at Hazar-enan. This shall be your northern border. You shall draw a line for your eastern border from Hazar-enan to Shepham… down to Riblah on the east side of Ain. And the border shall go down and reach to the shoulder of the Sea of Chinnereth on the east. And the border shall go down to the Jordan, and its limit shall be at the Salt Sea. This shall be your land as defined by its borders all around.” Numbers 34:1-12

Moses would not be entering the land with God’s people, but he was to instruct them about the specific geographic boundaries in which they would settle. It was a new, unknown land to them, but their LORD knew it, (He had created it!) and had gone before them to prepare their forever home. So there would be no confusion, He spelled out in detail where they were to take over and settle in this land of promise. (Genesis 1:9-13; John 14:3)

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How gracious is our sovereign God to outline the boundaries in our lives. He knows us by name, and has determined the places we live and work and serve and thrive. He gives us freedom in the choosing of our industry and ministry, where we might move and how we will live, developing us as His followers to seek Him in every decision. Yet He also provides great comfort and security for us in that He has fingered our borders and the number of our days with His grand purpose. Ah, indescribable high God! Contemplating the mystery of His sovereignty can only elicit thankfulness, wonder, and praise!  (Isaiah 43:1-3; Acts 17:26-28)

We may chafe at our current borders, or a past we cannot change, but remember, the Lord over all has drawn them personally for us and promises a delightful future. He Who is presently working all things according to the counsel of His will has granted us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places and guaranteed our eternal inheritance. (Ephesians 1:3,11,14)

Divine Master, the lines have indeed fallen for me in pleasant places, and I have a beautiful inheritance, because of Jesus. May my life honor You, my King. (Psalm 16:6)


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