Yahuwah Elohim [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 leads to collision and destruction.
Yahuwah has given us His Word [the Bible] — which includes the Torah. Father’s Word clearly outlines His boundaries, given to us 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 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)
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 Father.
Living within Father’s boundaries may well be the one thing that protects us from destruction.
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