We seldom stop and consider the importance of something as simple as a line.
Lines give us definition and clarity. A property line defines exactly what belongs to us and what belongs to our neighbor, thus clarifying disputes. Lines can also direct, like the lines on the highways and streets which direct the flow of traffic. Lines promote order. Imagine the chaos at banks, supermarkets, and sporting events if there were no lines? And lines provide separation, as with lines of defense, lines on a coloring book, and poverty lines.
You can even hear the importance of lines in certain phrases we use. Phrases like: “That lines up with what I believe.” “I’m drawing a line in the sand.” “He crossed over the line.”
Deuteronomy chapter 22 (and most of the whole book of Deuteronomy) is about drawing lines for God’s people. The lines protect them, define them, promote order, provide healthy separation from that which would harm them, and ultimately increases their loyalty to God and each other.
It’s hard to read the book of Deuteronomy without asking yourself, “What are the lines I’m my life?” We each need to take some time and ponder that question.