Understanding boundaries…. Protocol part 1

Deu. 19:14 “You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God gives you to possess.

Over the course of 25 year of marriage and numerous moves, especially while were still in the military and shortly thereafter, we purchased and sold

Not my plat….

multiple residences.  In the real estate transaction there was always a plat, or written/drawn record of the surveyed boundary markers that was filed in the local county courthouse.  With each purchase, I would go out and find the physical markers on the ground so that I knew exactly where the boundaries of my property were.  The markers would be metal spikes in the pavement, rebar driven into the ground and flags or PVC markers.

In ancient times, property markers might be a physical feature such as a huge well established tree or a large immovable rock, or the markers might be a pile of stones or a fence line.  While some were considerably less mobile than others, Scripture warns of moving markers that are established by the ancestors.

In Israel, there were a number of instructions from the Father about boundaries and land ownership.  Besides the important verse cited above prohibiting the theft of a neighbor’s property by moving markers, there were certain prohibitions against selling property to other tribes and even to other families within one’s own tribe/clan.  Only under certain rare conditions could property be transferred, and that by legal means with the elders at the gate. Continue reading “Understanding boundaries…. Protocol part 1”