Yahuwah Elohim [the Hebrew name for the LORD God] told Moses to “warn the people to not cross the boundary!” (Exodus 19:21)
Yahuwah gives us boundaries for our own good — to protect us, and to keep us safe. Boundaries are good for us in many ways. Boundaries keep us inside for protection, and boundaries keep us safe from unwanted invasions.
Many do not like boundaries, thinking they somehow restrict or hinder us. But that is a negative perspective.
Yes, boundaries do restrict and hinder, but a boundary that is God-ordained will restrict and hinder us for our own good!
- The boundary of being a husband of one wife restricts a marriage to one man and one woman (Mark 10:6-8). This restriction prevents adultery, fornication, covetousness, jealousy, and quarreling. This restriction promotes harmony, love, and contentment.
- The boundary of children’s obedience to parents restricts children to staying near to their parents while growing up (Colossians 3:20). This restriction prevents children from becoming reckless, giving them time to mature, lose their childish ways, and grow in wisdom. This restriction nurtures a loving and harmonious home.
- The boundary of honouring of parents restricts us to being respectful, responsible, and humble children (Deuteronomy 5:16). This restriction prevents us from becoming prideful and arrogant, or puffed up with our own self-importance. This restriction fosters well-being, peacefulness, and love.
- The boundary of keeping the seventh-day Sabbath Day as a set-apart [‘holy’], special day restricts us to resting from our labors, and to staying near to Father’s Word, reading and studying it each week (Deuteronomy 5:12-15). This restriction prevents us from ignorance of Father’s ways — the ignorance of not knowing what is unsafe territory. This restriction builds up our personal contentment and understanding.
- The boundary of eating only the Bible-sanctified clean foods as prescribed in Leveticus 11 restricts us to eating very specific foods. This restriction prevents us from eating unclean, abominable things, as well as prevents us from developing physical problems in our bodies. This restriction promotes holiness in our actions, insures good health physically, and encourages a greater sense of well-being and good judgment.
Staying on Our Side of the Boundary
Boundaries are like the lines running down the middle of the highway. Staying on our side of the boundary line keeps us safe, and keeps us alive. Wandering across the boundary line can lead to collision and destruction.
Yahuwah has given us many instructions in His Word [the Bible] — which includes the Torah. The heavenly Father’s Word clearly outlines His boundaries, given to us (His children) for our benefit! Let us not ignore the boundaries simply because men have said that these boundaries have been ‘annulled’ or done away. This is a fearful deception and delusion (2Thessalonians 2:8-12)!
Our heavenly Father tells all His children:
My child, attend to My Words; incline your ear unto My Sayings. Let them not depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart. For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh. (Proverbs 4:20-22)
He taught me also, and said unto me, Let your heart retain My Words: keep My Commandments, and live. (Proverbs 4:4)
So whenever we are aware of God’s boundaries in our life, let us not resent them. Instead, let us be grateful for them! Let us hold onto the boundaries given in Yahuwah’s Word, and give heed to their warnings. Let us be thankful for the restraint and the protection given to us by our loving, heavenly Father.
“True love in a parent expresses itself in discipline and in setting boundaries. There is security in set boundaries.” — Derek Prince
Living within Father’s boundaries may well be the one thing that protects us from destruction.
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Amen! Everything that God does is out of His love and for our good – including the boundaries He gives us in His commands. Great post!!
Thank you Megan, for your comment! God is so good to His children to give us His Word as our guiding light!
Blessings on your day!
Boundaries are very good to establish even within relationships. It is important that we respect the boundaries established by individuals. The Torah speaks about not moving our neighbor’s boundary marker. I think this can even be applied to us as individuals. For example, if I do not want hugs from men as a greeting then my boundary should be respected with no attempt to move my boundary marker.
I believe the Torah establishes boundaries for our good and I do not feel restricted by operating within those boundaries. Very good article. Thank you for sharing.
Thank you Dianna Lynn, for your comment. It is so good to hear from you!
Thank you for sharing your excellent point about personal, individual boundaries. I agree completely.
Blessings and Shalom to you.
Praise Yahuwah for He is worthy to be praised!
This lesson is much needed in this day and time! The world would have us to think that keeping the Sabbath, Feast Days, and Commandments of Yah is wrong!
Keeping birthdays, christmas, thanksgiving, mother’s day, father’s day, valentine’s day, easter etc… are all days the enemy has tried to use as replacements to the true days we should celebrate. Satan makes them seem so harmless, and he tries to desensitize us to Yahuwah’s true Feast Days which are a shadow of things to come!
The Father has restricted us not to indulge in these days because they are pagan, and they do not lead us to New Jerusalem. Deuteronomy 12:28-32
Thank you Deborah, for reminding us that Yahuwah’s restrictions are because He LOVES us, and they lead us to life not death!
Thank you BeShea for your great comment!