Biblical Reflections: Proverbs 22:28

Proverbs 22:28 – Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Have you ever passed someplace famous by surprise? I am sure you have. Maybe you never knew that a terrible battle occurred just down the street. Or perhaps the birthplace of famous leader, philosopher, or poet is in your town. In many cases we simply pay little attention to such things. When we do find out about these things, we often find ourselves saying, “I never knew that was here!”

Near where I live there are historical markers for old battlegrounds or places where a notable person once lived. Even without the markers we all know of places significant to us and visitors.

In other places we know of special or at least interesting buildings or mountains or waterfalls or whatever that travelers take note of when passing through. We call these things landmarks because of their notoriety and importance. When landmarks disappear, it is easy to forget where we have been and where we are going.

When the Israelites crossed over Jordan, God commanded them to take large river stones and set up a memorial to remember that God caused them to cross over on dry ground. The smooth river stone would have looked odd stacked up in the middle of the river where they were placed by Joshua. It was meant to stir questions from passersby and future generations. (Joshua 4:1-9). It was a landmark to remember the power of God.

More important than the physical landmarks are the spiritual ones established by God in His Word. Let us not say, “Forget the old ways.” Rather,
let us stand in the ways of the Lord, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and we shall find rest for our souls (Jeremiah 6:16). Follow the landmarks!

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