Do not remove ancient land marks
“Do not remove the ancient landmarks which your fathers have set”, (Prov. 22:28).
Ordinarily, people could be in outright ownership of land through inheritance, purchase, gift or by donation. It is expected that such possession will make one feel good. Necessarily, accurate and descriptive boundary stones are put in place to act as landmarks. Therefore, in natural sense such landmarks help to establish the borders of a property, kept peace among neighbours and helped to maintain orderly society.
However, greed or insatiable urge which has been the bane of some people lead them to encroaching on other people’s lands or property. But God’s caution, charge, advice through King Solomon the writer of Proverbs is timely. He insists: Do not remove ancient landmarks. In Deut. 19:14 He warned against tampering with landmarks, Deut. 27:17 He places a curse on whoever tampers with landmarks or encroaches into the field of the fatherless, Prov. 23:10.
God wants the good for His people particularly the native Israelite as they settled in the land He promised them. It became incumbent on His people not to oppress or suppress one another. Therefore, landmarks became a sine qua non. Even today, we appreciate what God did for His people as our modern surveyors take practical steps to put beacons on border of properties or even at traditional level people can use some trees to show borders on a property. Of course, where we have such and they are respected, people live in peace happily after. But really, are people respecting the landmarks? Why are some people having endless police cases or court cases in respect to land and even such cases are inherited by their children afterwards? God’s caution is still relevant today – “Do not remove ancient landmarks”.
It is also revealing spiritually speaking, that God by giving that charge would want His children to contend for the faith once entrusted to the saints, Jude 3. The idea of contending for the faith here is to put a demarcation or boundaries that will act as check to the further erosion of their faith. How would a modern believer contend for the faith in Christendom for things have gone haywire? Remember, if nothing is done a time may come when we no longer have pure, authentic and clear Christianity. Therefore, we must contend for the faith.
There are areas we need contend for in faith, they include but not limited to the following: Idolatry, many things have become god to some people, materialism, relationships, read I Tim. 6:10; II Tim 4:10, immoral and loose living leading to homosexuality, lesbianism, transgender, we need to step up soul winning according to the mandate of Jesus, Matt. 28:19 and with fervent prayer be filled with the Pentecost power, to enable us experience signs and wonders. It is only through these and more that we can contend for the faith.
Ven. Ernest Onuoha
Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.
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