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January 18, 2019

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Christian Standard Bible for 2019

Text: Exodus 1-3
Audio: Exodus 1-3

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Numbers 34 (ESV)

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Command the people of Israel, and say to them, When you enter the land of Canaan (this is the land that shall fall to you for an inheritance, the land of Canaan 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.

“This shall be your northern 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.

10 “You shall draw a line for your eastern border from Hazar-enan to Shepham.11 And the border shall go down from Shepham 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. 12 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.”

13 Moses commanded the people of Israel, saying, “This is the land that you shall inherit by lot, which the Lord has commanded to give to the nine tribes and to the half-tribe. 14 For the tribe of the people of Reuben by fathers’ houses and the tribe of the people of Gad by their fathers’ houses have received their inheritance, and also the half-tribe of Manasseh. 15 The two tribes and the half-tribe have received their inheritance beyond the Jordan east of Jericho, toward the sunrise.”

16 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 17 “These are the names of the men who shall divide the land to you for inheritance: Eleazar the priest and Joshua the son of Nun. 18 You shall take one chief from every tribe to divide the land for inheritance.19 These are the names of the men: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh. 20 Of the tribe of the people of Simeon, Shemuel the son of Ammihud.21 Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chislon. 22 Of the tribe of the people of Dan a chief, Bukki the son of Jogli. 23 Of the people of Joseph: of the tribe of the people of Manasseh a chief, Hanniel the son of Ephod. 24 And of the tribe of the people of Ephraim a chief, Kemuel the son of Shiphtan. 25 Of the tribe of the people of Zebulun a chief, Elizaphan the son of Parnach. 26 Of the tribe of the people of Issachar a chief, Paltiel the son of Azzan. 27 And of the tribe of the people of Asher a chief, Ahihud the son of Shelomi. 28 Of the tribe of the people of Naphtali a chief, Pedahel the son of Ammihud.” 29 These are the men whom the Lord commanded to divide the inheritance for the people of Israel in the land of Canaan.

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  1. Borders

    There is a major fight in the government of America about our borders. People have flooded our country illegally for decades while law-abiding people wait in line for their chance at the American Dream. Both Democrat and Republican presidents have campaigned with tough talk of stopping illegal immigration and promising tougher enforcement and continuing the building of a wall at our southern border. And yet, at the time I'm writing this, our government is in a partial shutdown as a showdown between the two parties comes to a boil over our budget with the border wall funding in the middle of it.

    America has borders, so why is it wrong to enforce the law? Without barriers, it's impossible to stop the flood of people entering our country illegally. Without a border, there is no way to vet the people coming into country. This means gang members and other violent criminals can evade the authorities in their own countries by sneaking into ours – blending in with the citizens who live here.

    While it's true many who come here illegally are only looking for a brighter future, there are law-abiding people waiting in line for legal entry. If breaking the law works for millions of people who disregard our laws and come here and get the benefits of America, why wait?

    Why has the Democrats adopted an "open border" policy and provided sanctuary cities for people who are here illegally (even criminals of violent crimes)? 

    Why are the Republicans being accused of being racists and heartless when they are following through with the same campaign promises former Democrat presidents have failed to deliver on even though they campaigned for borders and "tougher" immigration law. The only thing that was tough was their talk.

    What is clear is our government, like any other earthly entity, is flawed. Each side has their views and demonize the other. What's also obvious is votes are a big part of this issue (and standoff between the two parties).

    If 20 million immigrants who are here illegally are allowed to vote, how many would against the party that is providing them sanctuary, free health care, welfare and other government programs (and the promise of no consequence for entering our country illegally)? There is even a push by some Democrats to do away with the Electoral College and shift to a "popular vote" which says a lot about what's behind their policies.

    But it's also hard to imagine "rounding up" 20 million people and sending them to Mexico (or wherever they are from) as many Republicans want to do. Many of these illegal immigrants are hard-working people who are doing the best they can to provide for their loved ones. Many are here out of desperation – not because they didn't care about our laws. Even though they are not "refugees" who are coming here because of war, poverty destroys people like war does and desperate people do desperate things for their families in war and poverty. 

    John Piper was asked about what to do about illegal immigrants and he said, "I don't know the answer, but I'll tell you how I lean. I would like to see us as a country find a way to provide for illegal immigrants to stay but still have them pay a reasonable penalty."

    You can read the rest of the article here: https://www.desiringgod.org/interviews/what-should-we-do-about-illegal-immigration

    What is also clear is God likes borders. Fifteen times in Numbers 34 borders are mentioned relating to the land of Canaan for His people. While they didn't have man-made barriers, the Lord laid out their borders based on the landscape (such as the Great Sea, the Salt Sea and other surrounding land). 

    We should remember that the people of Israel were not invited into the land of Canaan. Numbers 33:52-53 says, "you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places. 53 And you shall take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given the land to you to possess it."

    This goes back to the promise to Abraham in Genesis 12:1-3, "Now the Lord said to Abram, 'Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.'"

    There is an article on GotQuestions.com which speak about this:

    https://www.gotquestions.org/Abraham-promised-land.html

    No matter what our views are regarding America's borders or politics in general, what our personal responsibility to everyone is to love them, help them, be Christ to them and share Christ with them. No matter our political leanings, our devotion is to the Lord only, not politicians or political parties.

    We have the freedom and right to vote in America – and everyone should vote their conscience. But I pray our conscience would be in line with God's Word, godly principles and biblical convictions and not our personal feelings or propaganda machines disguised as news organizations. Although God would not have Christians kill all the inhabitants of a land and take possession of it as He did in Canaan, the principles behind this record in history still apply:

    1. God hates sin
    2. Sin has consequences
    3. God makes provision for His people to be delivered from sin
    4. God provides a place for His people to dwell (in His presence now and with Him for all eternity)
    5. God holds everyone accountable for sin
    6. God has compassion on those who turn away from sin and follow Him
    7. All who do not repent from sin (and rejection of Jesus Christ) will be driven out like the inhabitants of Canaan and will be eternally separated from God in hell.

    God doesn't want there to be a border between us and Him. If you are not born again, that border is sin. God wants you to repent from your rebellion, tear down the wall of hostility between us and Him and enjoy peace here on earth and with Him forever. 

    Ephesians 2:14 says, "For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility."

    Do you know that peace?

    Do you have that peace?

    Father, fill us with compassion that knows no borders. May our love for you and others extend beyond our human limitations. May we approach this and other divisive issues with humility, gentleness, understanding and compassion while standing firm for what we believe is right in your eyes from your Word and your Spirit. Give us peace in difficult times and help us stay focused on You and not on the things of this world. 

  2. What an awesome prayer for today! 

    I was just talking about this with my friends in Love & Light Christian Church. We’re learning about loving others BEYOND our human llimitations. 

    There was a big chunk of time in my life when vengeance was where my compassion is now. I would be resentful of others' actions, and I did not forgive. 

    Now that I am experiencing God's love and the way He is constantly working in my life, I am at peace. I no longer want to "punish" people;  I just want to learn, understand, forgive and help. 

    What an incredible gift this is. 

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