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Boundaries - Old Testament



"Boundaries"

Leading up to The 10 Commandments


For God so loved the world [Everyone] that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [Everyone]

-John 3:16


“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

-1 John 1:9


“We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

-Romans 8:28


Boundaries

1. Humans Created in God’s Image.

Good Boundary

“So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female [Boundaries] he created them.”

- Gen. 1:27


2. Populate the earth with children.

Good Boundary

“God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.’”

-Gen. 1:28


3. Garden of Eden.

Good Boundary

“You must not eat [Boundary] from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.”

- Gen. 2:17

(Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil)


4. Satan crossed God’s Boundary

“And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling…” Jude 1:6

New Living Translation:

“The angels did not stay within the limits of authority God gave them…”


Q: Which Boundaries of God do you rebel against?


5. Expelled from the Garden

(Gen. 3:24)

“After he drove the man out, [New Boundary] he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.”


6. Mark of Cain

(Gen. 4:2+)

Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. 3 In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, 5 but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. [outside of God’s Boundary] So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? 7 If you do what is right, [Go back within my Boundary] will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; [Boundary] it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” 8 Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. [Boundary] 9 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” [Boundary] 10 The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. 11 Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand. 12 When you work the ground, it will no longer yield its crops for you. [Boundary] You will be a restless wanderer on the earth.” 13 Cain said to the Lord, “My punishment is more than I can bear. 14 Today you are driving me from the land, and I will be hidden from your presence; I will be a restless wanderer on the earth, and whoever finds me will kill me.” 15 But the Lord said to him, “Not so… Then the Lord put a mark on Cain [Boundary] so that no one who found him would kill him.


7. Noah’s Ark

(Gen 6:9+)

This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God. [Boundaries] 10 Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth. 11 Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. 12 God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways. [Boundaries] 13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, [Boundaries] for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an Ark [Boundary] of cypress wood…”


8. Tower of Babel

(Gen. 11)

God’s Boundary was TOO BIG for them

Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. 2 As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.”


Q: What Boundaries of God are TOO BIG for you, That tempt you to ignore them or put a Boundary on Him, shutting him out?


5 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. 6 The Lord said, “If as one people [Shutting God out] speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan [Evil] to do will be impossible for them. [No Boundaries] 7 Come, let us go down and confuse their language [Boundaries will narrow] so they will not understand each other.” 8 So the Lord scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city. 9 That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth.

Q: What Boundaries of God confuse you?

I’ll address them in this Sermon Series

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For God so loved the world [Everyone] that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” [Everyone]

-John 3:16

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

-1 John 1:9



“We know that God works all things together for good for the ones who love God, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

-Romans 8:28

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