Monday March 30
You shall not remove your neighbor’s landmark, which the men of old have set, in your inheritance which you will inherit in the land that the Lord your God is giving you to possess. Deuteronomy 19:14 NKJV
Do We Know Our Landmarks?
The landmark is used to determine limits. For the people of Israel it delimited each one’s portion in the promised land. To remove a landmark was to steal the inheritance of another, and to deprive him of his rightful possession and enjoyment.
We find similar expressions in Proverbs 22:28: “Do not remove the ancient landmark which your fathers have set.” The expression “ancient landmark” is a beautiful picture of what God has established, for “holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit” (2 Pet. 1:21) . When man comes in to establish things that God has not, it is actually removing the landmark.
There is a practical application for us in this instruction. Our inheritance and blessings are in Christ (Eph. 1:3) . These spiritual blessings are known to us by the Word of God. There are many of them, like salvation by grace and through faith, the security of the believer, and the coming of Christ, just to name a few. But if someone adds or removes something from the Word of God, it is like removing our neighbor’s landmark. By altering the Word of God I am altering the other’s capacity to know what his exact possession in Christ is. How many false teachers today preach an adulterated gospel and doctrines that are not according to the Word of God for their own personal profit!
On a positive note, we should not only be careful not to remove a landmark, but we should be of help to all believers to see precisely where the landmarks are—so that they know well their spiritual blessings in the heavenlies in Christ and their blessed inheritance—so that all together we can say: “The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance” (Ps. 16:6) .