May 1, 2022
Today’s reading: Numbers 35:9-34
The City of Refuge
In Numbers 35:9-34, we read about the City of Refuge. There should be six of these, three on each side of the Jordan River.
The City of Refuge should serve as a place of asylum for people who have accidentally killed a person. In this city, the perpetrator can stay and feel safe until the high priest dies and be able to go out of the city again.
It’s quite interesting to note that even if you didn’t mean to kill someone, your life would still significantly change. You have to move to a new city, leave your family, and stay there for perhaps, the rest of your life.
To some extent, the city of refuge gives us an idea of what it means for God to be our refuge.
We read in Psalms 46:1:
1 God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
The Most High serves as a refuge, but we can only enjoy being protected if we go to Him. As a City of Refuge, it was always available, but you have to go to it to enjoy the safety it offers.
In a sense, we are all sinners who need God’s refuge. Whether our sins were intentional or unintentional, we are all subject to the penalty of sin.
Thankfully, we can go to the Almighty and seek refuge from sin’s penalty. Through the sacrifice of Yahshua, we are protected from eternal death. However, this gift of grace will only be available if we accept it.
Like any sinners, let’s run to Yahweh through Yahshua who is the way to the Father. Let’s make God our refuge and gain the peace that comes from His grace.
🔥 To learn more, I highly recommend you read, “What does it mean to dwell in the secret place of the Most High (Psalms 91:1)?.”
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