Hebraic & Middle Eastern Covenant consists of many different types of covenant sealed or surrounded by different things (i.e., the Salt Covenant, the Blood covenant, and the Threshold or border covenants). The threshold, as even practiced in customs such as carrying the bride over threshold, is a symbol of covenant.
When you cross the threshold, you are entering into covenant with the owner of the house; you are respecting the hospitality and rules of the Master of the home, and are blessed with the utmost in hospitality and protection. The brother must extend his “family” to you, hence the reason for the statement: “You have one law, both for the stranger and the native of the land”(Numbers /Bemidbar 9:14). Those that come into covenant with you must be willing to accept your laws and customs and live in them whilst under your hospitality.
When Yahweh, Creator of Heaven and Earth, sets up borders, pillars, cornerstones, altars, landmarks, gates, thresholds, and doors, he is making a way for us to enter in covenant with him. He is setting up a way for us to“be his family.” His invitation is given to us, but remember, refusing his offering will result in death.
Examples of His threshold covenant:
Threshold and Doors:
Beresheit (Genesis) 4:7“If you do well, is there not acceptance? And if you do not do well, sin1 is crouching at the door. And its desire is for you, but you should master it.” Footnote: 1Sin (transgression of the law) was already then known, as we also read in 39:9.
-This is one of the first pieces of evidence of the threshold covenant. Yahweh is telling Qayin(Cain) that the adversary is always waiting outside the threshold and his desire is to come into covenant with you. It is the danger that we all face when we step outside the confines of our home and the covenantial place with Yahweh, sin and the Adversary are waiting for us, to tempt us away from the Father with empty promises and glamorous things. But these things, as Qayin found out, only bring a curse and banishment from Yahweh’s covenant and loving-commitment forever. As the footnote states, the “Law” has been around since the Garden of Eden, for sin is transgression of the Law.
Beresheit (Genesis) 6:16“Make a window for the ark, and complete it to a cubit from above. And set the door of the ark in its side. Make it with lower, second, and third decks.
– We know, as believers and students of the truth, that the “end is in the beginning.” Here Yahweh is setting the stage for His covenant with His creation. Just as He created the Garden of Eden and set its boundaries there about, His instructions on the building of the ark of Noach(Noah) is not just a set of building plans, it is the borders of His covenant. He tells Noach to place the door of the Ark in its side, then he and his family will enter in and be sealed with His covenant when they cross the threshold of the door. Once inside they will remain inside, protected from the wrath that is ongoing outside the door – In this instance it is the great flood that destroys the corrupted of mankind. We then see this type-and-shadow in the Pesach with the Children of Yisra’el and the plague of the destroyer on the First born of Mitsrayim(Egypt).
Beresheit (Genesis) 18:1-3
(1) And יהוה appeared to him by the terebinth trees of Mamre, while he was sitting in the tent door in the heat of the day.
(2) So he lifted his eyes and looked, and saw three men standing opposite him. And when he saw them, he ran from the tent door to meet them, and bowed himself to the ground,
(3)and said, “יהוה, if I have now found favour in Your eyes, please do not pass Your servant by.
– Door, in Hebrew, is the word pethach (H6607) meaning “doorway or entrance.” Avraham was sitting at the door, before the threshold, and observed Yahweh and 2 of his messengers in the flesh. Obviously, Yahweh in the flesh is Yahushua (Colossians 1:15) and the messengers could be 2 of 4 possible of the messengers Micha’el(Michael), Rapha’el(Raphael), Gavri’el(Gabriel), and/or Uzzi’el (also a prelude to Yahushua and his Talmidim on the mount, when Yahushua was transfigured and stood with Eliyahu and Mosheh – Matityahu(Matthew) 17:2-9, Marcos(Mark) 9:2-9, Lucos(Luke) 9:28-35, and referenced in Malachi 4:4-5 & Yochanan(John) 5:47). We see as many different covenant examples, the slaughtering of a fatted calf, preparation of unleavened bread, and sealing of covenant by consuming a meal – a preview of the actions of the Levities in the Tent of Meeting.
Beresheit (Genesis) 18:10And He said, “I shall certainly return to you according to the time of life, and see, Sarah your wife is to have a son!” And Sarah was listening in the tent door which was behind him.
– Like the previous excerpt, Sarah is now standing in the door and has a covenant made with her – Yahweh will bless her womb with a child (Yitshaq/ Isaac). She would receive a son conceived in faith because everything else- age, nature, science, was against her; yet, nothing is impossible with Yahweh. Another clear sign to us: with Yahweh’s covenant comes blessings for faith and obedience.
Beresheit (Genesis) 19:6-11
(6) So Lot went out to them through the doorway, and shut the door behind him,
(7) and said, “Please, my brothers, do not do evil!
(8)“Look, please, I have two daughters who have not known a man. Please, let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you wish, only do no deed to these men, because they have come under the shadow of my roof.”
(9) But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This one came in to sojourn, and should he always judge? Now we are going to treat you worse than them.” So they pressed hard against the man Lot, and came near to break down the door.
(10) But the men reached out their hands and pulled Lot into the house with them, and shut the door.
(11) Then they struck the men who were at the doorway of the house with blindness, both small and great, and they wearied themselves to find the door.
– In verse 6, Lot walks through the door and then shuts it behind himself, showing the men outside that they were not in covenant with him. He was willing in verse 8 to give his daughters to the men rather than let them commit an abomination with Yahweh’s messengers in Sodom. In verse 10, the messengers physically grab Lot and pull him back in the door, then strike all outside the door(outside covenant and threshold) with blindness. The messengers bless Lot and his home for their hospitality and preserve them, then deliver the message to leave. Verse 11 has echoes of end times prophecy and the writings of Sha’ul in 2nd Thessalonians 2:11 – And for this reason Elohim sends them a working of delusion, for them to believe the falsehood,1 Footnote: 1Eze. 20:25, John 9:39, John 12:40, Acts 7:42, Rom. 1:24-28.
Shemoth (Exodus) 12:7‘ And they take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it.’
– The symbolism here is great, most of us read this and only see the p’shat level, which is that they physically placed lamb’s blood on the doorpost and lintel. This is a threshold covenant. Blood was placed and dripped on the threshold, marking a covenant with those inside. Those that were welcomed in the house, were made part of Yah’s family, granted his protection, shown his loving-kindness, and were given his name. This is his “marriage covenant” with his bride. Eating a meal following the creation of a covenant signified acceptance and sealing by the covenant holders.
Shemoth (Exodus) 12:13, 22-23
(13)‘ And the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I shall pass over you, and let the plague not come on you to destroy you when I smite the land of Mitsrayim.’
(22)“And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip in the blood that is in the basin(‘saph/caph’H5592), and strike the lintel and the two doorpost with the blood that is in the basin, and you, none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.
(23)‘A יהוה shall pass on to smite the Mitsrites, and shall pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come in.’
– We have been instilled, by our shared dispensationalist past, with the interpretation that Yahweh “passed over” the house, but I submit to you that he passed over the threshold and entered in to seal the marriage covenant (like consummation of marriage) and protect his Bride from the destroyer. In the reemphasis, he shows that this is truly a threshold covenant, he will pass over the door. Also of interest is the word “basin” in Shemoth (Exodus) 12 which comes from the Hebrew word “saph” (H5592) סף which can mean a container with a lip such as a basin or the lip of the door which is the threshold.
Shemoth (Exodus) 21:5-6
(5)“And if the servant truly says, ‘I love my master, my wife, and my children, let me not go free,’
(6)then his master shall bring him before Elohim, and shall bring him to the door or to the doorpost, and his master shall pierce his ear with an awl. And he shall serve him forever.’
– The ear of the servant is pierce at the door, before Elohim, the blood drips down on the threshold, making an everlasting covenant between the master, the servant and Elohim. Although the servants station in life does not change, he is forever a slave and the protection as family is extended to the servant is made. And much like and oath or vow, it is made before Yahweh and stands forever.
Shemoth (Exodus) 29:4“Then you shall bring Aharon and his sons to the door of the Tent of Meeting, and wash them with water.”
– The rule of the master of the Tent, Yahweh cannot stand the unclean and/or the profane, thus the Levites, the sons of Aharon and Aharon himself had to be clean to stand before “the face” of Our Elohim. Aharon embodied the entirety of the covenant of Yisra’el before Yahweh, and came before Him as the clean bride.
Shemoth (Exodus) 29:11“And you shall slaughter the bull before יהוה, by the door of the Tent of Meeting,
– This was done before Yahweh’s face at the threshold of his Tabernacle on Earth. The blood spilled there was to renew the covenant that was stained by sin, and a cry for mercy and atonement from the Almighty Yahweh for the Children of Yisra’el.
Shemoth (Exodus) 29:32“And Aharon and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the Tent of Meeting,
– Eating a meal to “consecrate” the covenant was a common practice . Aharon and his sons, the Kohen, ate the meal inside the Tent to show the sealing of the covenant between Yahweh and the Children of Yisra’el in his tent. We also see that this is a type and shadow of Beresheit (Genesis) 18, when Father Avraham provide meat and unleavened bread for Yahushua and the 2 messengers. We also see the clear truth of Yahweh’s affections, He can only have a clean and undefiled bride, hence the blessing, anointing, and consecration of the priest.
Shemoth (Exodus) 29:42-46
(42)“a continual burnt offering for your generations at the door of the Tent of Meeting before יהוה, where I shall meet with you to speak with you.
(43)“And there I shall meet with the children of Yisra’el, and it shall be set apart by My esteem.
(44)“And I shall set apart the Tent of Meeting and the altar. And Aharon and his sons I set apart to serve as priests to Me.
(45)“And I shall dwell in the midst of the children of Yisra’el and shall be their Elohim.
(46) “And they shall know that I am יהוה their Elohim, who brought them up out of the land of Mitsrayim, to dwell in their midst. I am יהוה their Elohim.
– Here the Almighty Yahweh is setting the terms of his covenant with the Children of Yisra’el and the Kohen. The imagery of the lamb being offered both evening and morning is a foreshadowing and type and shadow of Moshiach, and His sacrifice for our transgressions. Unlike the evening and morning lamb sacrifice, His sacrifice was done once for all of the seed of Avraham, a blood sacrifice much more precious than the blood of bulls or rams or lambs. Yahweh sets-apart the Tent and the Altar, both glaring symbols of Threshold covenant, and wishes to live in the Midst of the people. Just as he dwells inside of us, the living temples of Yahweh, and where he places His Torah – In our “Inward” parts (Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:34, Eberim (Hebrews) 8:10).
Shemoth (Exodus) 33:8-10
(8)‘And it came to be, whenever Mosheh went out of the Tent, that all the people rose, and each man stood at his tent door and watched Mosheh until he entered the Tent.
(9)And it came to be, when Mosheh entered the Tent, that the column of cloud descended and stood at the door of the Tent, and He spoke to Mosheh.
(10)And all the people saw the column of cloud standing at the Tent door, and all the people rose and bowed themselves, each one at the door of his tent.
– Much like the picture of threshold covenant in the Pesach, Yahweh is standing at the door(threshold) and making his covenant with Mosheh, and though Mosheh and the men standing at their own thresholds, with his bride – Yisra’el. Also there is a type-and-shadow of things to come, Yehoshua(Yah saves) goes into the Tent with Mosheh and stays after Mosheh leaves. You have two Moshiach characters in the tent meeting with Yahweh face to face. It has been supposed by some scripture scholars in our walk, that the one they met with was not Yahweh but his representative that we can see without death, His son Yahushua who has made in his express image and was “the word.” Imagine, there was Mosheh who is/was an eternal representation of the written Torah; there was Yehoshua, a type and shadow of Messiah and the one chosen to lead the Children of Yisra’el into Yahweh’s promised land; and Yahushua, the Word made flesh, the Living Torah, and the one leading us to the Kingdom through his death and resurrection. HalleluYah, HalleluYah.
Shemoth (Exodus) 40:12-13
(12)“And you shall bring Aharon and his sons to the door of the Tent of Meeting and wash them with water.
(13)“And you shall put the set-apart garments on Aharon, and anoint him and set him apart to serve as priest to Me.
-Much like a new bride puts on her wedding garments after she is prepared for the wedding, Aharon and his sons were cleansed and dressed in set-apart garments to be the covenant holders on behalf of Yahweh’s bride – Yisra’el. Again another reinforcement of Yahweh’s desire to have only the Set-apart(qodesh) before His face, for he cannot look upon abomination.
Shoftim (Judges) 19:26-27
(26)And as morning appeared the woman came back and fell down at the door of the man’s house where her master was, till it was light.
(27) And her master rose up in the morning, and opened the doors of the house and went out to go his way, and saw his concubine, fallen at the door of the house with her hands on the threshold.
– Weeping at the threshold, or lying prostrate with your hands on the threshold was equal to a request for forgiveness or mercy from the master of the home. The master in this example gave his concubine to these men and they commit several acts. She died at his threshold. This example, to me, is a warning to the Children of Yisra’el: whoring and idolatry with other deities will not be tolerated by our Elohim. His mercy and loving-kindness will be poured out like rivers to those who “teshuva” (return and repent) to Him, where as wrath and vengeance will be poured out on those who refuse Him. Also, we should, with every waking moment seek to serve our Father with truth and beg forgiveness for our transgressions while we are alive. We also see the repeated imagery of the wayward bride and forgiving bridegroom.
Tehell’im (Psalms) 141:3O יהוה, set a guard for my mouth; Watch over the door of my lips.
– A couple of interesting things here: 1) the Hebrew word for mouth is peh(H6310), a Hebrew letter of the Aleph-Bet symbolized in the Paleo-Hebrew by a mouth which can actually stand for a mouth or the border of something; 2) the word in Hebrew for door is deleth(H1817) which is from the root dalet the Hebrew letter ‘D’ and the symbol of a door or gate; 3) the Hebrew word for lips is saphah(H8193) which is a plural derived from the root saphwhich is the lip of something (threshold).
Iyob (Job) 31:9-10
(9)If my heart has been enticed by a woman, or if I have lurked at my neighbour’s door,
(10)let my wife grind for another, and let others bow down over her.
– Iyob here is giving a discourse about Yahweh’s knowledge of all that we do. Here we see a possible penalty for violating a threshold covenant with your neighbor, a punishment for coveting your neighbor’s wife or another’s, and suffering for envy and lust. Proverbs 14:30 tells us that: ” A healthy heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones,” and Iyob himself told us in 5:2 – “For wrath kills the fool and envy slays the simple.” So what does all of this mean, Death is the only covenant which you participate in if you only follow the ways of the Flesh and ways of the adversary. The almighty Yahweh pleads with us to follow him in Spirit and Truth for He is “The Way.” He is the only Way that leads to LIFE everlasting.
Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31:31-34
(31) “See, the days are coming,” declares יהוה, “when I shall make a renewed(chadash H2318) covenant with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yehudah1, Footnote: 1See Heb. 8:8-12, Heb. 10:16-17.
(32) not like the covenant I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Mitsrayim, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them,” declares יהוה.
(33) “For this is the covenant I shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
(34) “And no longer shall they teach, each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ for they shall all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” declares יהוה. “For I shall forgive their crookedness, and remember their sin no more.”
– The Father is showing us the beauty of the Pesach, and that it truly was a marriage covenant that he made and consummated with his bride -Yisra’el. The KJV has translated the Hebrew word chadesh as new, yet the root of the word – chadash means to renew something pre-existent. We know that the Father does not end any covenant, he builds upon them like the building of a building. When he renews the covenant, through the cleansing of sin in the death of his representative/Son Yahushua Ha’moshiach, we will not only have the written word before our eyes (Torah), but he will place it on our hearts which he sees and judges us upon..
Yechezq’el (Ezekiel) 8:3,7,8,14,16
(3)And He stretched out the form of a hand, and took me by a lock of my hair. And the Spirit lifted me up between the earth and the heavens, and brought me in visions of Elohim to Yerushalyim, to the door of the north gate of the inner court, where the seat of the image of jealousy was, which causes jealousy.
(7) Then He brought me to the door of the court. And I looked and saw a hole in the wall.
(8) And He said to me, “Son of man, please dig into the wall.” And when I dug into the wall I saw a door.
(14)And He brought me to the door of the north gate of the House of יהוה, and I saw women sitting there, weeping for Tammuz.
(16)And He brought me into the inner court of the House of יהוה. And there, at the door of the Hĕkal of יהוה, between the porch and the altar, were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the Hĕkal of יהוה and their faces toward the east, and they were bowing themselves eastward to the sun.
– All of the examples to Yechezq’el(Ezekiel) are abominations in the House of Yahweh. Even worse is that this abomination occurs within the threshold of His house, some in plain sight and some behind closed doors. As revealed by the Spirit of Yahweh, nothing is ever truly behind closed doors, for Yahweh sees the abominations which they commit in secret as if it were in plain sight. At the north gate, there stood an idol, an image of jealousy before Yahweh. The Creator of Shamayim and Earth cannot stand mixed worship of his esteem to be given to other deities as seen in Yechezq’el (Ezekiel) 5:11-13: (11) ‘Therefore, as I live,’ declares the Master יהוה, ‘because you have defiled My set-apart place with all your disgusting matters and with all your abominations, therefore I also withdraw. And My eye shall not pardon, nor shall I spare. (12) ‘One-third of you shall die of pestilence, and be consumed with scarcity of food in your midst. And one-third shall fall by the sword all around you. And I shall scatter another third to all the winds, and draw out a sword after them. (13) ‘And My displeasure shall be completed. And I shall bring My wrath to rest upon them, and I shall be eased. And they shall know that I, יהוה, have spoken it in My ardour, when I have completed My wrath upon them.
– This is in direct violation of the Torah (Shemoth 20:5, 30:14; Devarim 5:9, 6:15, 32:16, 32:21) and contradicts the right rulings of Yehoshua.
Hoshea (Hosea) 2:14-23
(14) “Therefore, see, I am alluring her, and shall lead her into the wilderness, and shall speak to her heart,
(15)and give to her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Aḵor as a door of expectation. And there she shall respond as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Mitsrayim.
(16)“And it shall be, in that day,” declares יהוה, “that you call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Baʽal.’
(17)“And I shall remove the names of the Baʽals from her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name.
(18) “And in that day I shall make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the birds of the heavens, and with the creeping creatures of the ground, when bow, and sword, and battle I break from the earth. And I shall make them lie down in safety.
(19) “And I shall take you as a bride unto Me forever, and take you as a bride unto Me in righteousness, and in right-ruling, and kindness and compassion.
(20) “And I shall take you as a bride unto Me in trustworthiness, and you shall know יהוה.
(21) “And it shall be in that day that I answer,” declares יהוה, “that I answer the heavens, and they answer the earth,
(22)and the earth answer the grain and the new wine and the oil, and they answer Yizreʽĕl.
(23) “And I shall sow her for Myself in the earth, and I shall have compassion on her who had not obtained compassion. And I shall say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people,’ while they say, ‘My Elohim!’ ”
– Our Merciful Father has great compassion and loving-kindness for a bride who has shunned him for generations. There at the Valley of Akor (H5916 – meaning “troubled waters”) stands a door of expectation, a door leading to Himself to reestablish his threshold covenant with his wayward bride. The first time we see the Valley of Akor is in Yehoshua (Joshua) 7:24-26: (24) Then Yehoshua, and all Yisra’ĕl with him, took Aḵan son of Zeraḥ, and the silver, and the garment, and the wedge of gold, and his sons, and his daughters, and his oxen, and his donkeys, and his sheep, and his tent, and all that he had, and they brought them to the Valley of Akor. (25) And Yehoshua said, “Why have you troubled us? יהוה does trouble you today!” Then all Yisra’ĕl stoned him with stones. And they burned them with fire after they had stoned them with stones. (26) And they raised over him a great heap of stones, which remains to this day. Then יהוה turned from the fierceness of His displeasure. Therefore the name of that place has been called the Valley of Akor to this day. This Valley became a memorial for the treachery of Akan.
Ib’rim (Hebrews) 8:8-12; 10:16-17
(8:8)For finding fault with them, He says, “See the days are coming,” says יהוה “when I shall conclude with the house of Yisra’el and with the house of Yehuḏah a renewed covenant,
(8:9)not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Mitsrayim, because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them,” says יהוה.
(8:10)“Because this is the covenant that I shall make with the house of Yisra’el after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws in their mind, and I shall write them on their hearts, and I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.
(8:11)And they shall by no means teach each one his neighbour, and each one his brother, saying, ‘Know יהוה,’ because they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them.
(8:12)“Because I shall forgive their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall no longer remember.”1 Footnote: 1Jer. 31:31-34, Heb. 10:16-17.
(10:16) “This is the covenant that I shall make with them after those days, says יהוה, giving My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I shall write them,”1 Footnote: 1Jer. 31:33, Heb. 8:8-12.
(10:17)and, “Their sins and their lawlessnesses I shall remember no more.”
– Sha’ul is quoting Yirmeyahu (Jeremiah) 31 here, making the connection between Yahweh’s promise to the houses of Yisra’el and Yehudah and the mediator of the covenant – Yahushua Ha’moshiach. The “door” has been identified where as it was previously only alluded to! This is a reminder to the Hebrew followers of Yahushua, of what his death and resurrection achieved for them, what is provided for by the Master of the House(everlasting life and forgiveness from anomia/Torah-lessness) and what is required of those in covenant(Faith/emunah, obedience to Torah). This same theme is also echoed in Devarim 30:8, Tehell’im(Psalms) 25:14, Yeshayahu(Isaiah) 1:27;59:20-21, Dani’el(Daniel) 8:14, Hoshea(Hosea) 2:14, Lucos(Luke) 24:47, Ma’asei(Acts) 5:31, Romayim(Romans)11:26-27, and Titos(Titus) 2:14.
Yochanan (John) 10:7-11
(7)יהושע therefore said to them again, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.
(8) “All who came before Me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not hear them.
(9)“I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and shall go out and find pasture.
(10)“The thief does not come except to steal, and to slaughter, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure.
(11)“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.
– Yahushua is the Door, He stands at the threshold. He is the facilitator of the covenant. Those allowed in through him are part of the covenant and will posses everlasting life. Those that preceded him (Pharasees, Saduccees, Zealots, etc.) and those that try to enter in through some other way are no better than thieves. In middle eastern culture, thieves enter in a home through a window, not the front door because they know that threshold covenant dictates that to enter through the door implies covenant with the master of the home. He also imparts understanding of the hospitality and brotherhood associated with the threshold covenant, the master of the home is ultimately responsible for the life for the one he has accepted into covenant and would lay down his life to save the life of his brother.
Borders, Gates, Pillars, And Boundaries
Beresheit (Genesis) 15:18‘On the same day יהוה made a covenant with Avram, saying, “I have given this land to your seed, from the river of Mitsrayim(The Nile River) to the great river, the River Euphrates…’
– This is an early example of threshold covenant. Yahweh is defining the borders of the land of the covenant between he and the “seed of Avraham.” This border held significance especially during the time Yoseph: Goshen, the land chosen to settle the Children of Yisra’el is on the eastern shore of the Nile River. Goshen was the only land that was spared from the plagues in Mitsrayim, not only because the Children of Yisra’el live there, but Yahweh had already established this border/threshold covenant with Avraham. The Creator of Heaven and Earth is not a liar. He does not make covenants and then break them. His covenants stand for all time and are built one upon the other.
Shemoth (Exodus) 23:24 & 34:13-16
(23:24)“Do not bow down to their mighty ones, nor serve them, nor do according to their works, but without fail overthrow them and without fail break down their pillars.
(34:13)“But break down their altars, and smash their pillars, and cut down their Asherim –
(34:14)for you do not bow yourselves to another mighty one, for יהוה, whose Name is jealous, is a jealous El –
(34:15)lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and they whore after their mighty ones, and slaughter to their mighty ones, and one of them invites you and you eat of his slaughterings
(34:16)and you take of his daughters for your sons, and his daughters whore after their mighty ones, and make your sons whore after their mighty ones.
– These pillars were set up falsely by the current inhabitants of the land which Yahweh is giving the Children of Yisra’el. By destroying the pillars, he is removing the memory of those deities other than him, so that He is the only Elohim which shall be served there and that his pre-established boundaries given to Avraham. He also wants His Set-apart people to remain set-apart unto Him, for falling out of covenant with Him is certain death. This same statement is echoed in Devarim (Deuteronomy) 7:2-6; 12:1-3
Vayikra (Leviticus) 26:30‘And I shall destroy your high places, and cut down your sun-pillars, and put your carcasses on the carcasses of your idols. And My being shall loathe you.’
– Again, Yahweh only wishes to be in covenant with us. We must, just as in the days in the Wilderness, destroy the pillars and high places which can separate us from His loving-commitment and covenant. In particular worship of Ba’al and Molech.
Devarim (Deuteronomy) 27:17‘ Cursed is he who moves his neighbor’s boundary.’ And all the people say, Amen!’
– The boundaries were likened to the threshold of one’s home, to enter in with permission implied covenant between the two parties. If you entered in without permission or moved your neighbor’s boundary, you were considered no better than a thief and an enemy.
Iyob (Job) 24:1-2
(1)“Times are not hidden from the Almighty, and why have not those who know Him seen His days?
(2)They remove landmarks; they rob and feed on flocks;”
– This is quoting Devarim(Deuteronomy) 27:17, making the connection between a thief and one who moves/removes another’s landmarks. Just like it was an insult to step on the threshold of a person, it was an insult against the master of the Land and His Elohim if you moved or removed his landmarks/borders.
Mishle (Proverbs) 22:28Do not move the ancient boundary Which your fathers have set.
Yeshayahu (Isaiah) 19:19-20
(19)In that day an altar to יהוה shall be in the midst of the land of Mitsrayim, and a standing column to יהוה at its border.
(20) And it shall be for a sign and for a witness to יהוה of hosts in the land of Mitsrayim. When they cry to יהוה because of the oppressors, He sends them a Saviour and an Elohim, and shall deliver them.
– The Altar and standing column marks the border (established with Avraham) of his covenential lands. The threshold established there will determine who is welcomed into the Land and who is enemy. Just like the reference to this Land in Beresheit (Genesis) 15:18, it is pointing back to the Yah’s covenant made with Avraham and his descendants throughout their generations.
I hope that through these scripture examples, that you may come to appreciate Our Father’s Threshold covenant with His People. This still exists to this very day and will not be altered until the second coming of the Messiah. It should help contribute to your understanding of hospitality as well. This study has greatly enriched my family’s understanding, and I pray that it enriches yours as well.