Big Hill Bible Studies
12 July 2018
There are many references within this writing that address drunkenness and gluttony. I believe these are self-explanatory. There are also references to discipline and envy, which again seem to be pretty easy to take in. What I'd like you to see today is in verses 10-11.
"Do not move the ancient boundary or go into the fields of the fatherless, for their Redeemer is strong; He will plead their case against you."
Consider these verses for a few minutes. What do you think they are saying to us today? Does it hold the same message for our culture? What is meant by moving the ancient boundary? Is this a reference to physical monuments or is there a spiritual meaning?
A long time ago, I used to do real estate appraising. I enjoyed the work and spending time in the county court houses looking up old deeds and legal descriptions of the properties I was appraising. Every now and then I'd run across old hand written legal descriptions recorded in the books that would reference boundary markers with readings like, "proceed 300 feet North to the old oak tree by the brook." This was a valid heading in 1877, but today the oak tree is gone and the brook has dried up or changed direction. The "ancient boundary" has been moved.
I believe this is telling us to hold to the true values that God has established for us. We are not to change with the times, or adjust our traditions because we live in different centuries. If you read Exodus, you will see many times that as the people travelled they would often build memorial stones, or altars that were placed to remind the future generations of where the Lord had taken their ancestors. The purpose of these monuments was to remind them where they had come from and what had taken place. I believe the intent of this writing is to also tell us to remember from where we have come and not to cross or change the boundaries that have been set for us.
You may not agree with me, but I think it is a shame we are taking down old statues and monuments that carry historical significance. Perhaps they all do not bring to mind good things, but that allows us to remember where we were and teach us not to return. I also believe we should leave the Scriptures and sacred teachings alone. It has been said, "Those who refuse to learn from history are condemned to repeat it." God is good and He is willing to show us the path we are to take. It is hard to read the map if we have changed the landmarks.