Discover the Book Apr. 12, 2011


Christ: Our Life- Long Refuge

The Wonderful Benefits of Staying in the Safest Spot in the Universe

Let’s read Joshua 20 and give you the meaning of each city that God names : "And they [assigned] Kedesh in Galilee in Mount Naphtali, and Shechem in Mount Ephraim, and Kirjath-arba, which is Hebron, in the mountain of Judah. And on the other side [of the] Jordan by Jericho eastward, they assigned Bezer in the wilderness upon the plain out of the tribe of Reuben, and Ramoth in Gilead out of the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan out of the tribe of Manasseh. These were the cities assigned for all the children of Israel, and for the stranger who sojourneth among them, that whosoever killeth any person without intent might flee the avenger of blood, until he stood before the congregation." (Joshua 20:7-9)

     KEDESHis not only a city name it also means a "holy place" or "righteousness”.

     SHECHEMis not only a city name it also means “shoulder”.

     HEBRONis not only a city name it also means “fellowship”.

     BEZERis not only a city name it also means a "stronghold" or “fortress

     RAMOTHis not only a city name it also means "exalted" or “heights”

     GOLANis not only a city name it also means "separated."

In looking over the meaning of the names of these cities of refuge, we are struck with the distinctive characteristic of each. They are individually showing forth some particular feature of the character of Christ; and when taken as a whole, they illustrate the sufficiency of Christ as a Refuge to meet all of our needs, and the need of all. To see the adequacy of Jesus Christ to meet our every need, consider the names of the cities. These six cities of refuge all point to Him, and enable us to sing with a restful, joyful heart, "God is our refuge and our strength."

Is Christ your city of Refuge? Is He easy for you to reach to? Are His arms open to you? Do you see His entrance as never locked, and that He is a completely sufficient refuge? Do you see that there is no other hope but Him? Then He is YOUR city of refuge.

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Originally published April 12, 2011.