Pushing the Limits

Yes, I’m still here. Eyes wide open and soaking up what I am learning…quietly. I have been getting out of these four walls a lot lately and have some exciting testimonies that I hope to share someday. God has been busy and I am taking notes in my journals. He is good…ALL the time.

On Tuesdays, I rub elbows and with a fine group of ladies for Bible study. We finished up a MacArthur study on James before the New Year, but this time we decided to do something new. (Well…not really new…but, fresh!)

We are…

WAIT FOR IT…

WAIT FOR IT…

Studying directly from the Bible itself…God’s pure, true and inspired Word. What a novel idea! No “pre-chewed food” this time around. This experience has been a little different because we have found ourselves in the book of Proverbs. There is so much wisdom here at first glance it seems impossible to find some kind of flow for discussion- at first. We are each reading in the same place every week, but each praying that God will show us each something. “What do I need to know here, God? Give me some fresh perspective…fresh manna.”

Yes indeed- wisdom is more precious than rubies…and as a group we have opened quite a treasure.

The first insight God lead me to looked like a rock- a stone-at first glance. But, some rocks turn to gems when placed under intense pressure and heat. A gem in disguise.

Do not move an ancient boundary stone set up by your ancestors.

Proverbs 22:28

Do not move an ancient boundary stone

or encroach on the fields of the fatherless,

for their Defender is strong;

he will take up their case against you. Proverbs 23:10-11

This is mentioned twice in close proximity in Proverbs, but is rooted in Deuteronomy.

Do not move your neighbor’s boundary stone set up by your predecessors in the inheritance you receive in the land the Lord your God is giving you to possess. Deuteronomy 19:14

There is no way I could possibly share all of the aspects of my study on this so I will try to reel myself in and stick to one aspect.

Boundaries.

The stones were physically placed to mark off and designate property lines. To move a boundary was to steal or encroach on another’s property. It was also the act of moving a marker that was placed for remembrance. This marker laid claim.

So what? Don’t move the stone. Right?

Wrong.

I want to ask you a question. In moving a boundary stone are you REALLY changing the boundary? Or just giving the appearance of a new boundary line?

I would say that the true boundary was already there and moving it doesn’t change that…but, it does result in deception.

I could share for a week and not even graze the surface of what I learned, so I will sum this up simply.

What boundaries has God set for us that we try to move?

What boundaries has our society pushed and pushed and pushed and have tried to convince us that the line has really moved?

Our bodies, our marriages, our churches, our governments, our relationships, money, friends, morals….the list is unending.

Did the boundaries really change that much? Could it be possible that someone keeps moving the stone and we can’t remember where it initially was?

I am not going to answer any of these questions for you. You can answer for yourselves.

Thank you Lord for fresh manna and daily bread!

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