Barry Buzza December 10, 2017 The Kingdom of God

Big Idea: Boundaries are fences or walls that are constructed around a place to protect both, those who are inside, as well as those who are outside.

Scriptures: I passed by the field of the sluggard
And by the vineyard of the man lacking sense,
And behold, it was completely overgrown with thistles;
Its surface was covered with nettles,
And its stone wall was broken down.
When I saw, I reflected upon it;
I looked, and received instruction.
Proverbs 24:30-32 NASB

Like a city that is broken into and without walls Is a man who has no control over his spirit. Proverbs 25:28 NASB

God sets boundaries in place because he loves his children

God set two trees in the middle of the Garden of Eden, and set a boundary around it, as a reminder that he must always be first and center of our lives. The first and center of everything belongs to God

And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil …

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.” Genesis 2:9, 16-17 ESV

If we touch it, death will begin to decay us

In Hebrew, the word, “Cherem”, means “a devoted thing” or “devoted to destruction”.

If we touch what belongs to God, there is a penalty of destruction that will follow.

The idea is well illustrated when Achan took from Jericho what had been devoted to God. Achan, whose name unfortunately means “trouble”, had to die.

Then on the seventh day they rose early at the dawning of the day and marched around the city in the same manner seven times; only on that day they marched around the city seven times. At the seventh time, when the priests blew the trumpets, Joshua said to the people, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city. “The city shall be under the ban, (that’s Cherem) it and all that is in it belongs to the Lord; only Rahab the harlot and all who are with her in the house shall live, because she hid the messengers whom we sent. “But as for you, only keep yourselves from the things under the ban (Cherem), so that you do not covet them and take some of the things under the ban, and make the camp of Israel accursed and bring trouble on it. “But all the silver and gold and articles of bronze and iron are holy to the Lord; they shall go into the treasury of the Lord.” Joshua 6:15-19 NASB
Stay inside the boundary and we will be safe

Whether we are talking about the safety of our family, the health of our bank account, our personal diet, or our relationship with God, we are wise to stay within God’s prescribed boundaries.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O Lord, make me to dwell in safety.
Psalms 4:8 NASB

The name of the Lord is a strong tower;
The righteous runs into it and is safe.
Proverbs 18:10 NASB

To read Pastor Barry’s Blog: Thank God For High Fences

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