There are many beautiful pictures of God’s glorious grace in the Old Testament types. One of the simplest and most easily understood is the SPIRITUAL PICTURE painted by the six cities of refuge.
Joshua 20:1-3 (KJV)
20:1 The [LORD] also spake unto Joshua, saying,
20:2 Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses:
20:3 That the slayer that killeth [any] person unawares [and] unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood.
Two words stand out like beacon lights in this text: “unawares” and “unwittingly”. The Hebrew words from which these are translated have the following meanings:
- Failure to know or realize that the sin was committed.
- Committing a deed without any intent or purpose to sin.
Before we can understand what those words will teach us about GOD’S GRACE, we must first discover what these six cities represent. Since the names of people and places are usually significant within spiritual types, our study begins with a brief introduction to the names and meanings of these six cities of refuge: Kedesh, Shechem, Kirjatharba (Hebron), Bezer, Ramoth in Gilead, and Golan.
Remembering that these cities portray a spiritual picture, we need to ask ourselves, do we need to flee to what these cities represent today? Have we killed [any] person unawares [and] unwittingly?
Together, these cities form a good picture of God’s True Church, the refuge that is available, and of our need of it today.
Read: God’s Grace More Than Amazing, Part 3 (Cities of Refuge) to see the many encouraging details from the Cities of Refuge for our Christian lives today.
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God’s Grace – More Than Amazing (Part 2)
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