Differing boundaries of the land promised to the Hebrew
(Shemite) descendants of Abraham
There are individuals who contend
that biblical boundaries cannot be used to demarcate the area of the land
the Jews should have, since there are a number of accounts that differ from
each other. That is really similar to "throwing out the baby with the bath
The following factors
should be taken into account when it comes to the borders of
The unlimited greatness of the
God of Israel enabling him to make unlimited promises in line his limitlessness.
Psalm 145:3 Great is the
LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.
In fact He is so great that
he cannot be contained in just one entity, El (Allah, like the god of Islam),
he is multiple, Elohim. Even His Spirit is
(Isaiah 11: 1 & Revelation
4:5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder.
Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits
Since Israel is His inheritance, it also has to reflect its greatness. This
study is aimed at trying to indicate the eventual borders of Israel, but
it is really impossible in the respect that God will subject the nations
and bring them under Israel's control. In this process some nations will
even be destroyed and their territory will become Israel's domain - what
one rules over, actually becomes yours. Israel will in reality reflect God's
Isaiah 60:9 Surely the islands
look to me; in the lead are the ships of Tarshish, bringing your sons from
afar, with their silver and gold, to the honor of the LORD your God, the
Holy One of Israel, for he has endowed you with splendor. 10 "Foreigners
will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger
I struck you, in favor I will show you compassion. 11 Your gates will always
stand open, they will never be shut, day or night, so that men may bring
you the wealth of the nations-- their kings led in triumphal procession.
12 For the nation or kingdom that will not serve you will perish; it will
be utterly ruined.
The God of Israel's tendency to
express himself in hyperboles (overstatement, exaggeration) when he means,
"A LOT!" Take for instance his promise to Abraham that his descendants will
be like the stars in heaven or the sand of the earth. It's impossible to
fathom, and all we can make of it, is that it will be more than what we can
imagine. It is the same with the eventual territory of Israel. God's promise
to Abraham was in excessive terms:
On that day the LORD made
a covenant with Abram and said, "To your descendants I give this land, from
the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates-- the land of the Kenites,
Kenizzites, Kadmonites, Hittites, Perizzites, Rephaites, Amorites, Canaanites,
Girgashites and Jebusites." Genesis 15:18-21.
Whereas these nations have actually
disappeared and David and Shlomo did actually rule over much of this total
territory, it is nevertheless difficult to fathom in our day since much
of this territory is occupied by other nations.
The land is God's inheritance too.
To think he will be satisfied with a little sliver of land along the coast
is ludicrous. Further to this the coastal plane doesn't include his mountains.
The land needs to be worthy of the King of kings. It will be from there
that he will rule the nations:
Joel 3:17 'Then you
will know that I, the LORD your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill.
Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.
God's sovereignty to determine
borders. Isaiah 10:13 For he says:
strength of my hand I have done this, and by my wisdom, because I have
understanding. I removed the boundaries of nations, I plundered their treasures;
like a mighty one I subdued their kings.
culmination of the full scope of the promises to
the arch fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (Israel), and king David, in Messiah's
rule on earth. This is, for instance, reflected in
The promise in Isaiah 14:2 that,
Nations will take
them and bring them to their own place. And the house of Israel will possess
the nations as menservants and maidservants in the LORD'S land. They will
make captives of their captors and rule over their oppressors.
It means that they will also have
control over the territory of the nations they rule over.
Ezekiel 28:24 "`No longer
will the people of Israel have malicious neighbors who are painful briers
and sharp thorns. Then they will know that I am the Sovereign LORD. (Neighbors
will be destroyed - Isaiah 17)
Ezekiel 36:7 Therefore this
is what the Sovereign LORD says: I swear with uplifted hand that the nations
around you will also suffer scorn.
Jeremia 12:14 This is what
the LORD says: "As for all my wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance
I gave my people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will uproot
the house of Judah from among them.
Zechariah 10:10 I will bring them
back from Egypt and gather them from Assyria. I will bring them to Gilead
and Lebanon, and there will not be room enough for them. 11 They will
pass through the sea of trouble; the surging sea will be subdued and all
the depths of the Nile will dry up. Assyria's pride will be brought down
and Egypt's scepter will pass away. 12 I will strengthen them in the LORD
and in his name they will walk," declares the LORD. 11:1 Open your
doors, O Lebanon, so that
fire may devour your cedars
Judgment on Israel's
neighbors: "This is what
the Lord says: 'As for all My wicked neighbors who seize the inheritance
I gave My people Israel, I will uproot them from their lands and I will
uproot the house of Judah from among them. But after I uproot them, I will
again have compassion and will bring each of them back to his own inheritance
and his own country. And if they learn well the ways of My people and swear
by My name, saying, 'As surely as the Lord lives' even as they once taught
My people to swear by Baal - then they will be established among My people.
But if any nation does not listen, I will completely uproot and destroy it,'
declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 12:14-17).
The Arabs, being Hamites, are
inherently bound by the implications of the curse, spoken over them by
Genesis 9:24 25 When Noah awoke
from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him. He said,
"Cursed be Canaan! The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. 26 He
also said, "Blessed be the LORD, the God of Shem! May Canaan be the slave
of Shem. 27 May God extend the territory of Japheth; may Japheth live in
the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be his slave.
It is foreseen that Israel will
eventually rule over most of the nations. This is also reflected by Isaiah
Nations will take them and bring them to their own place. And the house of
Israel will possess the nations as menservants and maidservants in the LORD'S
land. They will make captives of their captors and rule over their
oppressors (See also