Seven Blessings of Celebrating Feast of Tabernacles

One of the most important observances of Torah is in the Biblical calendar when God tells the children of Israel: “These are the appointed feasts of the LORD that you shall proclaim as holy convocations; they are my appointed feasts” (Leviticus 23:2). No were in scripture does it say that the Feasts are Jewish only. He gave them to the Jewish people to celebrate Him. But through Yeshua the Gentiles have been grafted into the same blessings and observances. Romans 11:17

The Jewish people and Gentiles are to join in with God through Yeshua HaMashiac in sanctifying his holy days as they observe them in the manner he prescribed. The Apostle Paul writes in Romans, “The Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God” (Romans 3:2). Included in “the oracles of God” that have been entrusted to the Jewish people is the Sabbath and the festivals. Indeed, as Israel stood at the base of Mount Sinai God instructed the Jewish people in his calendar and gave the festivals for them to observe and pass on from generation to generation.

Moadim at Creation
However, before the instructions on the festivals are given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, we find the festivals mentioned in general at creation. Let’s turn to Genesis 1:14:
God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.”

On the fourth day of creation God created the lights in the sky as markers for seasons, days, and years. However, we miss something in the Hebrew with almost all English translations. “Seasons” is the Hebrew word moadim (מעדים) and this is the first occurrence of the word. Moadim is the plural of mo’ed, which means, “a set time,” coming from the root ya’ad (“to set, designate,” יעד). David Rudolph, in a bulletin, “Festivals in Genesis 1:14, Tyndale bulletin 54, no.2(2003): 23-20, points out that in every other instance where the plural moadim appears in the Hebrew of the Torah English Bibles translate it as “festivals “ and argues that it should be translated as such here in Genesis 1 as well. In turn it would be rendered “And let them be for signs and for festivals, and for days and years.” This is how it is understood in Targum Pseudo-Jonathan:
And the Lord said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens, to distinguish between the day and the night; and let them be for signs and for festival times, and for the numbering by them the account of days, and for the sanctifying of the beginning of months, and the beginning of years, the passing away of months, and the passing away of years, the revolutions of the sun, the birth of the moon, and the revolving (of seasons).” (Targum Pseudo-Jonathan to Genesis 1:14)

This means that the festivals of Israel are first introduced and alluded to here in creation. Although the festivals were later committed and entrusted to the Jewish nation, they contain universal truths and applications for all mankind to celebrate. God set up these holy appointments with his people from the beginning of creation. It’s no wonder then that we find the festivals alluded to in the book of Genesis.

So, as we celebrate the Moadim (Festival or Feasts) of our Lord which is today the beginning of Feast of Tabernacles with Rosh HaShannah the Blowing of Trumpets, September 10-11, Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, September 19, and Sukkot, Tabernacles, September 24-30 let us be reminded of the SEVEN BENEFITS SPOKEN IN SCRIPTURE who honor God’s Holy High Convocations:

SEVEN ANOINTINGS OF THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES:
1. Holy Spirit’s Glory and Power: John 7: 37-38
2. Revelation and Illumination: John 8: 12
3. Prosperity and 100 Fold Harvest: Malachi 3:8, Mark 4: 20
4. Favor Psalms 118: 5-8
5. Victory Over My Enemies: Psalms 118: 10-13
6. Strength to Live and Not Die: Psalms 118: 14-17
7. Abundant Joy and Rejoicing: Psalms 118: 24-29

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A Time To Change Your Clothes

Tomorrow is the last day Biblical month of Elul, 5778. Sunday eve at sundown begins the new year 5779. This morning while meditating, this thought dropped in mind. How is it that most people somehow have been hood winked to believe Jesus was Jewish when He was crucified, but somehow rose from the grave a white Caucasian western Savior? In Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John Jesus is always referring to Torah. Torah means “Life” or “Wisdom”. The Bible says, “in all your getting get wisdom.”

Most of all Christianity does not have an understanding (wisdom) of the season we are in. The month of Elul is the time of Teshuvah, returning to God. Because when the Catholic Church outlawed the practices of the First Church in Acts, the Apostles and their following of the Appointed Feasts of the Lord. They wanted the focus to be on Rome and not Jerusalem.

I believe in the last days, the latter rain, the second coming of our Lord, God is opening Gentiles eyes to the wisdom of God’s appointed Feasts. This the one new man. This is the understanding of the wisdom of Torah and God’s prophetic seasons. Every time through out Biblical history in the year following Jubilee and the Four Blood Moons, which begins on October 12th, the world has always changed. Just look at 1492 and 1948.

Yeshua (Jesus) His Hebrew name has already fulfilled Passover and Pentecost. He has not fulfilled Tabernacles yet. Rosh Hashanah is the prophetic timing of the second coming of Yeshua. Yom Kippur is the Great White Judgment. And Sukkot (Tabernacles) is the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. It is at the Blowing of the Trumpets Yeshua will return (1 Corinthians 15). That is why the month of Elul is about Returning to God. Satan himself knows what the Blowing of the Trumpet means (Revelation 8-9). He doesn’t know if this Rosh Hashanah (the blowing of the Trumpet) Yeshua is going to show up in the clouds this time or when. But he knows it will be one of these times.

This also is the season of the book of Ruth in the Old Testament. The story of Ruth and Boaz. In the story, Naomi, Ruth’s mother in law tells Ruth to change her cloths and go out to the field and meet Boaz the King. For the King is in the Field. This is a very prophetic season. The King is in your Field. Go change your clothes. Another words it is time to according to Isiah 61, “put on a garment of praise.”

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Is It Important To Honor God’s Feasts?

If Yeshua was born on a Feast of the Lord, if He died on the cross and resurrected from the grave on a Feast of the Lord, and He poured out Holy Spirit on a Feast of The Lord, and He is coming back again on a Feast of The Lord, then don’t you think it is important for God’s people to honor His Feast by remembering them? 

In the next 4 days the we will see the greatest convergence of God’s Appointed Times, His High Holy Feasts the world has yet seen. Why? Four days from now on September 9th is the End of the last month of the Biblical Calendar for this Biblical year 5778, Elul 29. The next day, September 10th in the blink of an eye is Rosh Hashanah, The Head of the Year, which ends the Biblical Year 5778 and begins the Biblical year 5779. Not only is this the Biblical New Year, it also is the Birthday of the creation of the earth spoken in Genesis 1 and 2. This is the day when God looks at the Book of Life and notes the record of every one living to see what good they have done for the previous year. What have they done to better the world? Have they bettered the Kingdom of God or have they been a detriment? Have they given to help the poor, the needy, and the Orphans and Widows? Rabbis have taught this is the time when God determines whether you will die or live in the New Year. Jewish people are taught to make things right in every area of their lives. The 10 days between Rosh Hashanah, September 10-11 and Yom Kippur, September 19 is the time of turning and repenting.

These past 40 days before Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) September 19th, Israel has been blowing the rams horn preparing all of the people for this day. Rosh Hashanah means “rams horn” or the turning in repentance (Teshuvah.) Then Yom Kippur is the culmination of the shedding of blood in the Holy Hollies. In ancient times once you heard the ram’s horn, it was time to focus on salvation. If you heard it, then you were to blow it so your neighbor could hear it. It would be blown from household to household so that all of Israel would know the time and season and no one miss out.

Not only is this the time turning away from the old in repentance, but it also the time when God determines the blessings you will walk in the new year. Debbie and I have been blowing our rams horn every morning  and will continue until September 19th. Listen to what Numbers 10: 9-10 says, ““When you go to war in your land against the enemy who oppresses you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, and you will be remembered before the LORD your God, and you will be saved from your enemies. Also in the day of your gladness, in your appointed feasts, and at the beginning of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be a memorial for you before your God: I am the LORD your God.”

Did you get that? When you blow your trumpet you will be remembered by God and He will save you from your enemies. And you shall be a memorial before the Lord. Does blowing a rams horn have any supernatural significance in your life? Well, does water baptism have any? Does the laying on of hands for healing? The answer is YES! Because God said so! Three times a year God ask us to remember Him so He can bless us. Let me ask a simple question, is God available to us 24/7? Yes He is. But just like the Sun always shines 365 days a year. Here in Texas it is 110 degrees but in January it will be 30 or 40 degrees. Same Sun still shining. So with God he is always available to us, but three times a year He is nearest to bless His covenant with those who have an ear and hear what He is saying.

This is also the time when the King Is In Your Field. It is the story of the Old Testament book of Ruth. Boaz is the King. Ruth who is an Widow returns back to Jerusalem to follow her Mother in law, Naomi. Ruth is destitute and every day gleams in the field for grain. Boaz, her Kinsmen Redeemer, who is a typology of Yeshua, sees her and tells his servants to leave more than enough grain for her at the corner of the field. He eventually meets her and marries her in covenant as his Bride. During this Biblical Season the King is in your field to re-establish His Covenant with you during The Feast of Tabernacle

If Yeshua was born on a Feast of the Lord, if He died on the cross and resurrected from the grave on a Feast of the Lord, and He poured out Holy Spirit on a Feast of The Lord, and He is coming back again on a Feast of The Lord, then don’t you think it is important for God’s people to honor His Feast by remembering them?  We call ourselves Kingdom people and Kingdom churches.  We believe in all the scripture, then why don’t we Honor and Worship God El, the Holy one on His High Holy Days?  Keeping the Feasts of the Lord is part of the Season and Timing of our God and our Lord.  I bless you with eyes to see and ears to hear the glorious celebration of God’s Holy Convocation and High Holy Days in and through Yeshua.

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Family Prayer During The Month of Elul

Great prayer shared here for you to put in the names of those you are praying for and declaring their destiny to line up with God’s will for them. With this being the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul it’s a great place to proclaim His promises for your loved ones. We can also pray this for our President and His family as well.
We declare _________________ have been called yet again for greater and greater exploits. Exploits for the Kingdom of God!  “_________________ know their God, are strong, and do exploits.”  (Daniel11:32 KJV).  “But ___________________ are loyal to their God and will act valiantly.” (NET Bible).  We proclaim they are “boldly courageous; brave; stout-hearted.  They are MARKED by or showing bravery or valor; heroic.”   (Valiently in Dictionary.com).  They are marked by a heart that belongs wholly to the Lord, a heart that seeks His will and His way only.  “___________________ commits their way to You LORD, they trusts also in You, and they know You will do it.”  (Psalm 37:5 NASB).  “_______________ rolls all their works upon You Lord (they commit and trust them WHOLLY to You; You will cause their  thoughts to become agreeable to Your will, and so will their plans be established and succeed.” (Proverbs 16:3 AMP).  “________________________ also labors, striving according to His working which works in them mightily.” (Colossians 1:29 NASB).
We declare ______________________ are filled with growing excitement and even anticipation regarding how the Lord will use the gifting’s He has built into them for His Kingdom plans where He has planted them!  For such a time as this.
We declare, the heart of the Lord has overtaken _____________, and His love for them has overwhelmed them. “He is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loves both of them.”  (Ephesians 2:4 NASB). His love is so deep that “He has inscribed __________________ on the palm of His hands; they are continually before Him.”  (Isaiah 49:16 NASB).  (Job 42:2 ESV).  We proclaim __________________ is ready to take some giants down!
We say _________________________ will not be surprised or taken off guard.  They will be at the right place at the right time during this month of Elul.
ELUL DECLARATIONS:
            ** I declare my connection is my protection.
            ** I declare I have divine access into a new place.
            ** I declare I am headed for the tent.
            ** I declare this is my finest hour.
__________________ can see the Lord in the Field – in a tent with no sides.  The enemy, who is pursuing them, sees a tower that he knows he has no strength against.  We declare ______________ are being empowered in their “tent encounters” this month and they will triumph in incredible ways.
Father, we release your peace and deep, deep restedness in your love to _______________ right now.  Fill them with such a deep-rooted assurance that you are working on their behalf, and as they lift up praise to  you, bring them into new depths and dimensions of worship that releases breakthrough and takes down strongholds. (Prov 21:22TPT)
We praise you because this is the time of restoring all things and making everything new.  God, come in like a flood, strengthening _________________ to their innermost beings and filling them with life, fresh vitality and explosive energy.  Pour into them your extravagant love until they are filled to overflowing with the fullness of God.  We declare over them that God will do everything He has said He will do and more.  He has heard and paid attention to every request and He will exceed all hopes, dreams and wild imagination in His achievement of it all. We praise you God and lift you to the highest place.  Thank you that this is your promise and you are faithful to keep it.  (Eph 3:16-21TPT)
I saw a cloud over different houses, and this is what I understood.  Over each house, the cloud was releasing the wind and rain of His presence.  He was coming with justice and mercy and power and presence and the Spirit of the fear of the Lord to bring about overnight deliverance and transformation.  Holiness was being released, bringing great encouragement and a sign of the favour of God upon them.
I further heard that where their experience to date had felt like wading through thick treacle to get things to happen, there was now going to be an ease coming to them.  it will be as though they have only to touch their little finger lightly to a wall and it will give way before them.  There will be single days where more happens in one day than has previously shifted over periods of months.
So Father, we thank you again for your promises to them, and we pray that all the fullness, the joy and the overflow that Jesus came for would be gloriously manifest in their life, their bodies, and everything they put their hand to.  We declare a resounding ‘No’ to the thief who comes to steal, kill and destroy.  We declare the blood of Jesus Christ stands as a wall of separation between __________________ and every tactic and assignment that has warred against them, in Jesus’ name!  (John 10:10 AMP)
The wind blows all around us as if it has a will of its own; we feel and hear it, but we do not understand where it has come from or where it will end up. Life in the Spirit is as if it were the wind of God (John 3:8 Voice).
Father God, we lift our voices in praise unto You; praise for Who You are and all You have done in the lives of _________________. We call You good and we praise You.
May Your Glorious Presence linger among __________________ and all with which they have to do forever. They are the work of Your hands; may You find reason to rejoice over them every day of their lives! (Psalm 104:31)
Even today, LORD God, we ask that You blow in fresh and anew upon the them. When You send out Your Breath, life is created, and the face of the earth is made beautiful and is renewed (v 30). Adversarial winds are blowing in, threatening to disrupt the assignment ________________ undertook regarding their ministry and business. These winds carry the message of loss and gloom; their very purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. We are here to say, “BUT GOD!” For _____________________ have the promise, “Yet amid all these things we are more than conquerors and gain a surpassing victory through Him Who loved us” (Romans 8:37).
We bless ______________ with ears that are awake; ears that listen for and hear the Wind of God. They turn a deaf ear to every contrary voice and wind, choosing Life in the Spirit, listening to the Wind Words, the Spirit of the LORD, blowing through the home, businesses and family of _______________ are Christ-conquerors, safe from devil-death. (Revelation 2:11).
In these evil days, teach them to redeem the time, making the most of every living, breathing moment. Fill their every thought with wisdom. Cause them in every decision to understand what the will of the Lord is. We especially ask that the Spirit of Wisdom guides through every step of their new projects they are undertaking, being on guard to not allow distraction of the details to break their heavenly focus. We declare ______________’s minds are set upon seeing and hearing only what their Father says.
As the month of Elul approaches, we declare opportunity for _______________________ to go out to meet the King in the field. He wants to meet with them in a special way and share intimacy with Him. Yes, Father, may _________________ run to Him, escaping all the ravages of daily living by relaxing in the oasis of His refreshing presence. May this be the year that ________________ realize beyond the shadow of a doubt that they are their Beloved’s and He is theirs!
Yes, we bless ___________________ and all with which they have to do with the blessings of Elul. We declare God will reveal Himself with great mercy.
Every root and tentacle of rejection and mistrust working to prevent them from coming into the fullness of grace Father has for them will be exposed and pulled up, in Jesus’ name.
___________________ will firmly grasp Father’s hand in this month of appointed mercy; they do not have to ‘think it through’ but simply walk it out with Him, submitting every emotion and action to the LORD.
This month’s meditation for ________________ will be Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss compared to the possession of the priceless privilege, the overwhelming preciousness, surpassing worth, and supreme advantage of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. And of progressively becoming more deeply and intimately acquainted with Him. I will perceive and recognize and understand Him more fully and clearly. For His sake I lose everything and consider it all to be mere rubbish in order that I may gain Christ. (Philippians 3:8)
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What if heaven was opened for you? This is that Season in God’s prophetic time table.

This a repost from 2015. I know there is a lot prognosticators during this time of the year. I don’t spend much energy upon all that is being said. What I do know is the word of God. The next 30 days is the greatest, anointed, blessed time for God’s people both Jew and Gentile who follow His timing and seasons. This Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot is about God’s covenant. It is a time of repentance, Joy, Peace, and Restoration. Elul 29 is the last day of the Biblical Calendar for this year 5775. This is the end of Shemitah Year and with that historically, Nations are judged and Nations power can be changed. This is not necessarily seen then, but is played out over the next several years. It also enters to a the year of Jubilee, Isaiah 61 which is on September 13th and is all about restoration from the last 49 years. Rosh Hashanah means rams horn or turning in repentance. The ten days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is all about searching ones heart of all that has taken place, acted upon, or even spoken that was not God’s will. During the Blowing of the Trumpets God takes out our record each one and sees if we blessed Him and His Kingdom or we were a detriment. Rabbi’s teach this is the time of year where God determines whether we will live or die going into the next year. Yom Kippur is about the forgiveness of sin and the favor of God. Each year at Day of Atonement the High Priest would sprinkle blood and water on the altar to atone Israel of it’s sin. The Blood for the forgiveness of sin and water for favor and Blessings. On the cross when Jesus was crucified was the very minute this was happening at the Holy of Holies with Israel’s high priest. He shed His blood for sin and it’s curse to be destroyed and removed. The water came from the sack around His heart for God’s favor and blessing in our life. Actually, Jesus was Baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan river during the Feast of Tabernacles at Rosh Hashanah. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him. The symbolism of water representing the Holy Spirit and Favor of God.

The month of ELUL which we are now in is the month when the King leaves his palace to provide for his children. It is the story of Ruth and Boaz. The King which is God, is the closest to us during this period to bless us. He is always with us and never sleeps or slumbers. He is 24/7 God. But three times a year is is closer than normal and during this month He is the closest. This is why we should spend Rosh Hashanah in repenting. It is like the sun. The sun always shines, but in August and September it is the hottest because it is the closest to the earth. In January it is shinning but further away. So rejoice and be full of joy, because this is the season of blessing and peace. Rabbi’s teach that this is the season when the Messiah will come. It is at Rosh Hashanah, the Blowing of Trumpets He will come. Thessalonians talked about “at the last trump.” No man knows the time when He will come again not even the devil, why? Because the Rosh Hashanah is two days and Yom Kippur is for two days and then is the seven days of Feast of Ingathering, called Tabernacles or Sukkot. The devil doesn’t know which day it will be. It could be the first day of Rosh Hashanah or the second day. Thus is a time of repentance moving to atonement, then the great harvest. This is all part of this season. Lift up your head for your redemption draws nigh. AMEN!

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Real Life Challenges That All People Face

The weekly reading in the Synagogues around the world is from Deuteronomy 21:10 – 25:19. It is a long reading and full of very important instructions from the Lord God of Israel for the community.  Like all of God’s Word from Genesis to the end of the book of Revelation most of God’s word does not deal with religion at all but deals with real life and the challenges that all human beings face in life and sometimes daily.  Let me give you a short outline of the issues that this week’s reading Ki-Teze (If (as) you go out):

Deut. 21:10-14 – What to do with a female captured during war.  This is especially relevant today after we have seen and heard what ISIS has done in Iraq and Syria. This is especially important because we have seen ISIS – all in the name of Allah – take young girls as sex slaves and sell them for 100 $US to others.  This portion of the Torah dealing with some of these issues over 3000 years ago – gave the people of Israel different instructions.

Deut. 21:15-16 – The first-born male in the family inherits 50% of his father’s wealth.  Today this might not seem fair, but when you consider the socio-economics of that old world and in comparison, even in our own days – you will see what great wisdom and fairness God’s Word has.

Deut. 21:18-21 – What to do with a rebellious and renegade child!

Deut. 21:22-23 – This is the issue that the Apostle Paul is dealing with and explaining in Galatians 3:13 and Acts 5:30 both refer to this text.  In some old Jewish traditions this text was associated with the Roman practice of crucifixion and this is why Paul and Acts bring this forward.

Deut. 22:1-4, This deals with the responsibility to restore what you find to the rightful owner.  You are supposed to do all that is within your possibility to find to whom the find belongs and to restore it to the owner.  In the same text you have the good Samaritan law.  Deut. 22:4, “You shall not see your brother’s donkey, or his ox fall down along the road, and hide yourself from them; you shall surely help him lift them up again.”   The argument of the Gospel is that “how much the more if you see your fellow human-being fallen or hurt or damaged on the side of the road.”

Deut. 22:5, There has to be a clear difference between the sexes.  Male must not wear or pretend to be a female.  The difference must be held and seen in public.  I realize that today this is not “politically correct.”  The question that I have is whom are we, the disciples of Yeshua going to follow?  Are the Disciples of Yeshua going to join the WORLD or are they going to follow our Lord – Master – Rabbi – Savior?

Deut. 22:6 -7, Being humane to animals and especially to the little birds that do no harm but only bless nature and humanity.

Deut. 22:8, Take responsibility for your action and do it before an accident happens – build a fence around the roof of your house is only one example of this great principle.

Deut. 22:9-12, This Scripture has great importance today.  The principle is that are things that don’t mix, and we ought not to mix them.  Yes, at first sight some of these things don’t make sense, but after you think about it you see the great wisdom of God.  You start mixing together things that by nature don’t mix and even if they are benign.

Deut. 22:13-23:9 – These are the regulations from God against incest (sex with members of your family, your children or your mother-in-law.  We see in 1 Corinthians 5 that in the church there was a person who was not too smart and was having relationship with his mother in law.

Deut. 23:10-15, How to keep the camp / family / church / community pure and spiritually clean.  This issue is of great importance even today – how much sin and impurity does a community suffer before it becomes a plague!

The rest of the portion deals with a non-Israelite slave who runs away from his Israelite master – He must not be caught and returned to his master.  He must be allowed to stay free. The concept is that no-one runs away from the good.  If he ran away it must be that his master did not treat him right.

There are other issues in this portion of the Torah – like forbidding prostitution, a worker has the right to partake of his work and ox must not be muzzled while treading the grain, marriage and divorce, social behavior and financial responsibility, dealing with damage that is not physical but emotional and public embarrassment.

My point is simple – most of the Torah does not deal with super spiritual and religious issues.  The Torah deals with life – with building a healthy and Godly society that has righteous and just and equitable life for all of its members and even for the stranger that is passing by.  The religions have taken this fountain of fresh and good water and sealed it under the heavy burden of religion and dogmatism that has snuffed the life out of both Judaism and Christianity.

I know from Isaiah 1 and Jeremiah 7 and Hosea 6 – that it makes God ill when His people become so heavenly minded that they are no earthly good.  We must all remember the words of the prophets and the words of the Apostle Paul to the people of Athens: “God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. Nor is He worshiped with men’s hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things.  And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their preappointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, “For we are also His offspring.’”  (Acts 17:24-28).

From Rabbi Joseph Shulam.

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The One Who Says, “What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is yours.” This is a righteous person.

An English maxim has it that fences make good neighbors. In biblical times, territorial borders were marked off with boundary stones. Typically, a boundary-stone landmark might be one stone set up on end, indicating the border between a man’s field and his neighbor’s.

You shall not move your neighbor’s boundary mark, which the ancestors have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the LORD your God gives you to possess. (Deuteronomy 19:14)

During the settlement of American territories, a similar method was used. Settlers would set up rocks or drive in stakes to indicate parcels of land that they were claiming. Hence the idiom “staking a claim.” Often it happened that in their absence unscrupulous neighbors or other settlers would remove these landmarks to their own advantage.

Boundary markers worked the same way in the biblical era. An unscrupulous neighbor might move a boundary stone and steal a hundred feet of your field. According to the prophet Hosea, God pours out His wrath like water on those who move boundary stones (Hosea 5:10).

The Torah places a special curse on someone who moved a boundary stone, saying, “Cursed is he who moves his neighbor’s boundary mark” (Deuteronomy 27:17). The Proverbs warn against moving boundaries and especially against encroaching on the boundaries of widows and orphans:

Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set. 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. But He will establish the boundary of the widow. (Proverbs 22:28, 23:10-11, 15:25)

The prohibition against moving a boundary stone can be applied to many situations in life. It reminds us that God deems it healthy and appropriate to maintain proper boundaries and distinctions. For example, boundaries that maintain a distinction between genders are important.

A person should always be careful to protect the boundaries between private life and public life, between family and friends, between parent and child, between husband and wife, and so on. When boundary lines become fuzzy, confusion and conflict ensue. The godly person is careful to maintain a sense of where another person’s property and privacy ends and begins.

There are four types of people. The one who says, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is yours.” This is the normal type of person, but some say this is the type of person who lived in Sodom. The one who says, “What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine.” This type of person is an ignoramus. The one who says, “What’s mine is yours and what’s yours is yours.” This is a righteous person. The one who says, “What’s mine is mine and what’s yours is mine.” This is a wicked person. (m.Avot 5:10) copied from FirstFruitsOfZion Weekly Torah Portion

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