Places of safety until reasonable minds set in

Joshua Bible Background

03.27.2017 – Old Testament: Jos 20.7–8

To read the Bible in a year, read Joshua 19–20 on March 27, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Lord knows that sometimes people fly into a rage because they have not given a situation enough thought, such as when a relative is killed. Therefore, He gave Israel Cities of Refuge, cities where someone who has accidentally killed another may flee to escape the rage of a person’s family. The Lord placed these cities in strategic locations,

So they appointed Kedesh in Galilee, in the mountains of Naphtali, Shechem in the mountains of Ephraim, and Kirjath Arba (which is Hebron) in the mountains of Judah. And on the other side of the Jordan, by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness on the plain, from the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead, from the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan, from the tribe of Manasseh (Joshua 20.7–8). 

Kedesh, Shechem, Hebron, Bezer, Ramoth in Gilead, and Golan provided easy access for the Israelites, for there were three cities on each side of the Jordan, and each side had one city in the North, one in the South, and one in the middle.

The Body of Christ has now become our City of Refuge in the spirit that we may all flee there from the evil one who hates us.


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  • What on the Earth does the Lord value more than the church?

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