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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Massei 43-3

The journeys of

Numbers 33:50 - 34:15

Then the boundary will go down along the Jordan and end at the Salt Sea. "'This will be your land, with its boundaries on every side.'"

Num. 34:12 NIV

Why are boundaries so well defined?

Again the Torah shows us the importance of defining the place of the borders very well. From the clear instructions of where the limits of the land given to the sons of Israel were going to be, everyone knew within which area they could move and still be within what was commanded by the Eternal.

By knowing where the boundaries were they could know where the commandments that had to do with the land had to be fulfilled.

They also knew that they had no permission to spread out of those boundaries to gain more land for their country.

Also, they knew that the Eternal had given them that land and that they had to defend it against the enemies.

Within the boundaries set for the sons of Israel they had to destroy any altar and object dedicated to pagan cults and expel the sons of Kenaan who didn't have the right to live there anymore because of their sins.

However, they didn't have the authorization to carry out those orders in other lands.

Be careful to remain within the limits that the Eternal has set for you. Within those limits you have the right to put order according to whatever the Torah commanded you, but not so outside. Don't get involved in matters that are not yours. Mind your own business and don't be nosy, you'll avoid a lot of hardship.

Kol tuv,


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