Proverbs 23: King James Bible
The Old Landmark – Daily Devotion of Proverbs chapter twenty three, Verses 10-11
10 Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: 11 For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with thee.
Daily Inspiration from These Verses – The Old Landmark
Not too long ago, we touched on the subject of “ancient landmarks,” and examined how it related to business ethics. More pointedly, how the Lord’s way was to get things done via diligence, when the world’s methods are through meanness. You can go and catch up on it in the devotional called, “Ancient Landmarks.”
Above, we’re looking at the Lord bringing up the topic of “old landmarks.” In my view, this is placing less importance on the particular landmark from an overall sense. What I mean is, that an ancient landmark may have been something done, said, or decreed by the Lord, while an old landmark is erected by people.
The closer to creation something was done, the more ancient it is. But old could be just about anything. My kids were calling me old in my late 20’s.
Everyone’s got a different perception of what old means. Because of this difference, I believe that the former verse speaking of ancient landmarks, were referring to the Lord’s decrees, and this verse covers individual property boundaries.
We can see plainly in the verse above, that the Lord is talking about moving a property line unjustly, in order to take advantage of someone disadvantaged. Taking away from those who either can’t do anything about it, or haven’t got a clue that you’ve taken it.
These days we would just simply call it dirty business or flat out stealing. If you go and check out the devotional about ancient landmarks (link above), we discuss conducting business through meanness, as opposed to dealing through diligence.
Here, we get a more illegal tone. And the follow up to the scripture above should be chilling to anyone who finds it a good idea to take advantage of the vulnerable. They have a protector that doesn’t sleep, and is always paying attention.
Their redeemer is mighty, and will plead their cause. These scriptures are speaking to those who would justify themselves, thinking it to be right to do wrong to someone. The Lord is saying that he is taking an account of our dealings with others.
He is our redeemer, and has never taken that position lightly. We may not see him in action against those who wrong us, or those who take advantage of the disadvantaged. But there are all kinds of things that happen on a day to day basis, that we’ll never see.
Besides, is it a matter of pride that we’d want to see justice carried out and levelled down onto someone, who has wronged us somehow? We’re instructed to take no joy in the hardships of our flesh bound enemies, but rather to rejoice and be satisfied that the Lord is surely at work on our behalf.
Do you live clean, do you live right? Do you conduct your business affairs in a manner that would be fair to those involved, and fair in the eyes of the Lord? If you answer yes to these questions, you’re in the clear.
But if your heart condemns you after reading a warning type verse such as those above, it may be time to do some soul searching, and see where you might need to adopt new habits by way of God’s Word, rather than the ways of men.
Related New Testament Scripture
John 13: King James Bible
34 A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
Galatians 3: King James Bible
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is everyone that hangeth on a tree:
Colossians 4: King James Bible
5 Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. 6 Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.
Titus 2: King James Bible
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
James 1: King James Bible
26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his own heart, this man’s religion is vain. 27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
Thank you for the way you take care of us, for the things known and also those unknown. Please forgive us Lord, if we have ever taken advantage of those who may be at a disadvantage, and taken the wrong course of action. No matter what the circumstances, if we have done anything to anyone unjustly, and have dealt harshly against anyone, please forgive us, and remove it from our account. Show us what’s right to do in your eyes, in both life as well as business, through the truth in your Word, and by the power of your Spirit, that we don’t cause others to blaspheme your name because of us and any unjust action. In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ we pray.
Have you ever fallen prey to those who would impose upon you, by moving the old landmark in on you?
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