The cities of refuge

When the Israelites possessed the Promised Land, they were commanded to build six cities of refuge. This was a provision for the person, who kills someone accidentally, unintentionally, could flee and be safe in the city without being slain by the avenger of blood. (Numbers 35:11; Joshua 20:3) When a person is murdered, one person in the extended family of the victim takes responsibility for executing judgment by killing the murderer, who is known as the Avenger of Blood. The innocent should be protected, there should not be needless bloodshed, and all have the right to give an explanation or defend his/her case. The six cities are Kadesh (in Naphtali), Shechem (in West Manasseh), Hebron (in Judah), Golan (in East Manasseh), Ramoth (Gilead in Gad), and Bezer (in Reuben). The cities were easily accessible from any nook and corner of the nation.

Way to city of refuge: The city of refuge is considered as a type of the Lord Jesus Christ. (Hebrews 6:18) Satan comes to rob, loot, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10) A sinner has to take the Way of the Lord Jesus Christ to seek refuge in Him. (Hebrews 6:18) The gospel demands sinners to repent, turn, and run on the right path.

Curse of sin: Sinners are cursed as descendants of Adam. The separation from the Holy living God is the curse of sin. All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The only course for reconciliation is through the Lord Jesus Christ. (II Corinthians 5:18-19)

Condemnation of Law: The wage of sin is death, which is eternal separation from God. (Romans 6:23) The blood of Lord Jesus Christ cleanses a person, justifies, and is declared as righteous.

Wrath of God: Sinners deserve the wrath of God. Lord Jesus Christ accepted the cup of wrath of God and drank it, for our sake on the cross of Calvary, died, buried, and rose again. Instead, sinners receive His grace, love, and blessings.

Have I taken refuge in the Lord Jesus Christ?