Eminent domain?….

Ezekiel 46:11-18

At the festivals and the appointed feast days the grain offering shall be an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram, as much as he wants to give for the lambs, and a hin of oil with every ephah.

12 “Now when the prince makes a voluntary burnt offering or voluntary peace offering to the LORD, the gate that faces toward the east shall then be opened for him; and he shall prepare his burnt offering and his peace offerings as he did on the Sabbath day. Then he shall go out, and after he goes out the gate shall be shut.

13 “You shall daily make a burnt offering to the LORD of a lamb of the first year without blemish; you shall prepare it every morning. 14 And you shall prepare a grain offering with it every morning, a sixth of an ephah, and a third of a hin of oil to moisten the fine flour. This grain offering is a perpetual ordinance, to be made regularly to the LORD. 15 Thus they shall prepare the lamb, the grain offering, and the oil, as a regular burnt offering every morning.”

16 ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “If the prince gives a gift of some of his inheritance to any of his sons, it shall belong to his sons; it is their possession by inheritance. 17 But if he gives a gift of some of his inheritance to one of his servants, it shall be his until the year of liberty, after which it shall return to the prince. But his inheritance shall belong to his sons; it shall become theirs. 18 Moreover the prince shall not take any of the people’s inheritance by evicting them from their property; he shall provide an inheritance for his sons from his own property, so that none of My people may be scattered from his property.” ’ ”

Pasted from <http://www.blueletterbible.org/tools/printerFriendly.cfm?b=Eze&c=46&v=1&t=NKJVP>

There is a principle here that is not being honored today in our nation and it’s causing  pain and suffering to our people.  We have a law call eminent domain:

“…Eminent domain, broadly understood, is the power of the state to seize private

property without the owner’s consent. Historically, the most common uses of

property taken by eminent domain are public facilities, highways, and railroads….”

Taken from: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/cssn/expansion/infosheets/eminentdomain.pdf

that permits the use of private property for public welfare use.  Unfortunately it is being abused in Texas right now for the Tar Sands project and people are being separated from their property for another’s financial gain.

“…Moreover the prince shall not take any of the people’s inheritance by evicting them from their property;…and… none of My people may be scattered from his property.” ’ ”…”

What have we seen in Ezekiel?  How does the Lord deal with those who do not follow His teaching?

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