PLEASE READ THIS FIRST: Numbers.34-36
What do you sense the Lord saying to you in this passage?
“The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest.” (Numbers 35:25)
In these chapters, everyone is assigned property and a safe place in the land.
This includes murderers (ch.35) and women without male heirs in their families (ch.36).
This was revolutionary in that time: justice for women, and those guilty of crimes.
I am reminded through this how women and sinners were welcomed by Jesus.
The ‘city of refuge’ was a place where someone accused of a serious crime could go.
They could entrust themselves to the ‘high priest’, to get justice from the top.
Once again, I’m reminded of Jesus, our high priest and advocate (Who does not die).
Sinners and outcasts found a place of refuge with Jesus, and He helped them.
The church also needs to like Jesus, a ‘city of refuge’ for sinners and outcasts.
This is not to minimize sin; sin is VERY serious, more serious than all of us realize.
If we understood our sin, we would all be rushing to Jesus for refuge and mercy.
The church is a gathering of sinners, equal in guilt and bondage, equally in need of Jesus.
Jesus, not us, is the Judge, and while He lives, there is hope even for murderers.
What does it look like for the church to be a ‘refuge’ for sinners to find Jesus?
Lord, forgive us for judging others because they sin differently from us. Help us to see that ALL sin is sin, and that ALL of us need You for our refuge, and hope of an eternal inheritance.