Theme: The Lord, My refuge
Text: Joshua 20
When they flee to one of these cities, they are to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state their case before the elders of that city. Then the elders are to admit the fugitive into their city and provide a place to live among them (V4)
Have you ever been left disappointed by your best friend, a partner or a relative when you called on the person in times of your trouble? In moments of distress, it becomes reasonable to call on people you can trust.
When God through Joshua was designating the lands amongst the tribes of Israel, He instructed that some cities should be reserved as cities of refuge. This place was for anyone who had accidentally and unintentionally committed murder could seek protection from your avengers. The leaders of the city are to listen to his case at the gates, once he has been able to reach to them. The responsibility of the leaders is to protect the person and allow him to stay until the death of the high priest who was in the office at the time of the accident.
With sin as a burden that was upon us, we were murderers and needed help. We had invited all sorts of attacks upon ourselves and needed a place for peace, rest and safety. We actually needed a city of refuge.
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