A landmark is a fixed boundary marker showing the boundary of a piece of land. The landmark is an agreement of peace between two neighbors so that they could dwell together in their land without quarreling and to avoid stepping on each other’s toes. The purpose of the landmark is to prevent dishonesty, cheating and blatant wickedness between neighbors. When a father, and owner of a landed property passed away, the dishonest neighbors would sometimes move the landmark to expand the size of his/her own plot of land. And as a result, the widow and the children the deceased would be taken advantage of and be cheated in their own rightful inheritance. Figuratively, ancient landmark, which in some cases could be monumental truth or scriptural maxims were established to address and prevent horrendous evil and dishonesty that had characterized humanity in our days.
In the sermon on the Mount of our Lord Jesus Christ, He said, “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.” Matthew 5:17 This was where He acknowledged and married the faithful ministries of the patriarchs and the honorable ministries of the prophets as an acceptable directives from the throne of grace of God that should not be ignored. Categorically, our Lord Jesus Christ affirmed that He did not shift the old landmark of truth by setting aside the godly principles of the patriarchs and the prophets. Christ came to confirm and fulfill their ministries and also take the understanding of the word of God to a new level for anyone who is willing and ready to receive the truth.
In our time, there are people who are bent in their evil craft and wickedness that they will not feel any qualm in making untrue statements in the name of the Lord or will not mind to introduce strange and evil doctrine in their congregation in order to enrich their pockets. These type of people are called false prophets because their ministries are working contrarily against the word of God in the book of Proverbs 23:10-11 “Remove not the old landmark; and enter not into the fields of the fatherless: For their redeemer is mighty; he shall plead their cause with them.” Their ministries depict the character of the fake ministers that are only interested in expanding their dishonest ministries at the expenses of the spiritual ignorant people who had unwittingly put their trust in the leadership of the false leader.
Oneness and faithfulness in marital relationship is the ancient landmark instituted by God between a man and a woman that should not be shifted or redefined to include abominable practices of alternate lifestyles of our time. Honesty and integrity in business transaction are the ancient landmarks between the employers and the employees that must be upheld. Righteousness, holiness, truth and uprightness in the ministries of the servants of the most High God is the ancient landmark that must not be tampered with in the course of their ministration to the elects. Motivational preachers that are preaching what makes people feel good about instead of the hard truth that can transform mankind and truly make them free from the encumbrances of Satan are various ways of shifting the ancient landmark of truth to the detriment of the ignorant people’s salvation. Bending the rule of law in favor of the rich at the expenses of the poor and helpless ones amounts to shifting the ancient landmark. Disregarding the law of righteousness and complete deviations from the commandments of God constitute a shift of the ancient landmark as it is clearly seen in our so-called modern world today. This wickedness had brought untold destruction upon humanity as a reward for their sinfulness as the scripture had sternly warned mankind. Jeremiah 22:13 says, “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness, his upper rooms by injustice, making his own people work for nothing, not paying them for their labor.”
Prayer: O Lord, grant me the grace and divine enablement to ensure that I do not involve myself in anything that constitute a shift in the ancient landmark to the detriment of mankind, in Jesus name, Amen