August 22, 2022

Proverbs 22:28 – Not Moving Ancient Landmarks

Today’s Proverb reminds us not to mess around with people’s property, specifically if it was portioned off before we arrived:

Pro 22:28  Do not move the ancient landmark that your fathers have set.

Back in the day, bad actors would wait until it was dark and then go and at night time and move their neighbor’s property markers back, so they would expand their own land.  

It also calls for us to respect the landmarks that were set up by generations before us, as in not thinking we that we were somehow smarter than previous generations.  

This also goes back to the Law in Deuteronomy 19:14  “You shall not move your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set”

Moving landmarks or trying to expand territory in a shady way, in this case, at night, was tantamount to stealing.

Fastforward to 2022 and we still see this today, people using sketchy means to expand their own property.  The sad part is, the people that are usually doing this already have plenty of property and wealth, which ties into another Proverb “Human desire is never satisfied”  

Contentment is never found in earthly wealth, real happiness is only found in Jesus, and Jesus calls on us to love our neighbor as ourselves, not try and fleece them of their lands.  Remember what Jesus says, do not store up treasures on earth that whither and fade, but store up treasures in heaven that do not fade or rust.  We can amass all the land we want in this life, but at the end of it, we are all buried in the same sizes graves and cannot take any of it with us to the next life.  

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