Joshua 20 Commentary

Joshua 20 Commentary: Cities of Refuge

Cities of refuge. The purpose is clear: “anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood”.

The distribution of these cities in the occupied land is quite deliberate. They were accessible and within reach by everyone.

No one in the entire history of mankind abused this facility more than David. It is little wonder that many associate this word with the Psalmist David. The words ‘intentionally’ and ‘unintentionally’ are important. Because David’s killing of Uriah was intentional, he didn’t qualify under this facility. Again the facility was a physical city and not a person. David’s decision to make the LORD his city of refuge was a travesty of justice.

Isn’t this word speaking to the saint today? Hasn’t the holiest of us beaten David’s record for our many intentional sins that the LORD has forgiven? And who is not encouraged that the real city of refuge in Jesus Christ is within reach – just a prayer away?

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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