The Rule of the Landmark – Proverbs 22:28

Proverbs 22:28 "Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set."

While the word "landmark" only appears four times in in our KJV Bibles, the Hebrew word for "landmark" (H1366) is used 241 times and is mostly commonly translated as "border." The landmark could be a stake, stone, or a pile of stones. This verse refers to the sacred boundary lines God had given in dividing the promised land among the twelve tribes of Israel. To move the territorial marking stones over to take land belonging to a neighbor was a major offense and one that would cause the person doing so to be cursed (Deut. 19:14, 27:17) Adam Clarke in his commentary says that landmarks and territorial lines were held sacred among the heathen. The heathen even made a deity out of the landmarks.

The territorial bounds God set up make a strong case for private property. Listen to what God says he will do to those doing the equivalent of moving a landmark in

Hosea 5:10, "The princes of Judah were like them that remove the bound: therefore I will pour out my wrath upon them like water." No wonder why communism and socialism are so unsuccessful. These world views both go against God’s ordained principles which naturally brings about the wrath of God.

Application can also be made here to the boundaries and rules God our Father has given us to live by for our own good. We have also had Godly fathers and forefathers that have gone before us and stayed within God’s boundaries and have shown them to us. When we overstep the God-given bounds we create problems for ourselves.

Now let’s apply the verse. "Do I see the danger of philosophies that go against God’s designed order and avoid them (Col. 2:8)? Do I respect the property of others? Do I remember that reality is, I belong to God as a believer (1 Cor. 6:20)? Do I take for myself what really belongs to God by my thoughts, words, and actions? Am I overstepping the bounds? Let’s not forget our purpose here. God created us for His pleasure and designed us to fellowship with Him (Rev. 4:11). He doesn’t need us, but wants us. We need Him, yet sadly, how often we do not want Him when it is inconvenient for us. Let’s love Him, because He first loved us (1 John 4:19). The boundaries are there because of God’s love. Thus the rule of the landmark boils down to love.

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