Today’s Reading: Numbers 33:40-35:34 (additional reading Psalm 65:1-13 and Proverbs 11:23)
Key Verse: “Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge,…” Numbers 35:6
“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us.” (Hebrews 6:18).
Just before Israel entered Canaan, God told Moses to choose out 48 cities for the Levites. Six of those cities would be cities of refuge. Three on the east side of Jordan and three on the west side of Jordan. Each no further than half a day’s journey from any location in the land, so that people who accidentally murdered someone could save themselves from being killed by a kin of the murdered victim.
They would dwell in the city of refuge until the trial came where they would stand and be judged and it was found that he unintentionally killed a person, after the trial, when he was deemed innocent, the man could dwell in the city of refuge and remain there, but if he went out of the city of refuge, he would have to risk being killed by the avenger. However, when the High Priest died, he was free to leave the City and was free of his guilt.
You see in the law there was no other payment to cleanse the blood of the victim but the blood of the murderer. But the death of the High Priest redeemed a man that dwelt in the city from the guilt and freed him from the debt to pay by his own blood.
The writer of Hebrews wrote that the people who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon a hope, have an anchor in that hope. The picture of the high priest dying instead of the unintentional murderer is a perfect picture of Jesus, the great High Priest, dying in our place.
When someone killed a person they couldn’t remain in their land. When we messed up with God and let sin control our lives, we lose out on the daily fellowship with God which Adam and Eve enjoyed in Eden. But now if we seek refuge in Christ, we can return to the place that God designed us for – a place of daily fellowship with Him.
- What does it mean to find refuge in Jesus?
- How can you enjoy daily fellowship with God?
Father, Thank You for giving us a place of refuge and of fellowship. Thank You for restoring our relationship with You through Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.