The Cities Of Refuge.

Numbers 35:6-7 

“Now among the cities which you will give to the Levites you shall appoint six cities of refuge, to which a manslayer may flee. And to these you shall add forty-two cities. So all the cities you will give to the Levites shall be forty-eight; these you shall give with their common-land.”
In ancient Israel, the law stated that if a man killed another person accidentally, he had a safe place to go. The relative, meaning the kinsman redeemer of the slain person, could not enter therein to take the man’s life in revenge for the accidental death.
City Of Priests.
The city was populated totally by Levites, the priestly tribe. It was their job it was to protect the man.  As long as he remained within the walls of the city, he was completely safe.  But he had to remain there with the Levites until the man who was high priest at the time of the incident, died.  Then he was free to return to his own city without fear of reprisal by the kinsman redeemer of the deceased.

Blessing For The Church.

This has wonderful significance for us today, Church.  You see, there are nuggets of truth hidden in the name of every person, place, and thing in the Bible. Not one tiny detail is arbitrary or recorded just to make the book thicker.  Every single word, every detail in the text unveils to us more and more of how beautiful our wonderful Jesus is!  Even the order in which they are written is a message.

A Message For Us.

Here are the names of the cities of refuge and the order in which they are recorded in scripture along with their meanings:

Kedesh————Sanctuary
Shechem———Shoulder
Hebron————Fellowship
Bezer—————Fortress
Ramoth———–Highly Exalted
Golan————–Rejoicing

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Put them all together and they spell out a message for us:

“A Sanctuary is His Shoulder offered in Fellowship, a Fortress to Highly Exalt us with Rejoicing!” 

Six Cities.

There are six cities in all: three on one side of the Jordan, three on the other side.  All of them are well-marked and most are on top of mountains.  This is a perfect depiction of Psalm 121:1-2 which says, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.  My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.”

In Joshua 20: 7-8 it says,  “…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.”
Our Refuge.
There were six cities of refuge but, as you know, “six” is the number of “man.”  But God never does things in sixes; He does them in SEVENS.  Seven is the number of “Completeness or perfection.” In the article below you will see that SEVEN is stamped all over creation.  It truly is God’s signature.
Where, or more to the point, “Who,” is the seventh City of Refuge?  It’s Jesus!  Jesus is The Refuge for the whole world.
The way has been well-marked and plain for all to see so that “they are without excuse,” especially since “The heavens declare the glory of God!” I never realized what that really meant and how true it is until I learned the REAL story written in the heavens, the story written by the One Who created them!
Follow the link below to an exhaustive study of that subject in 43 parts:
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Highly Visible.
The Gospel today is highly visible in our world.  It is broadcast on the most readily available medium of all time:  Television.  Can’t get higher than a satellite, except for the stars, of course.  Television can pretty easily be accessed by almost every household everywhere on the planet so that anyone looking for God can find Him.  It’s as if the Gospel is set on mountain tops for all to see!
We, who have fled to The City of Refuge, are PERFECTLY safe.  The one who is out for our blood–the devil–CANNOT COME IN.  We stay there forever because OUR GREAT HIGH PRIEST CAN NEVER DIE!!  We are safe FOREVER!
Something For Everyone.
There are SIX different types of cities of cities for every “type” of man, woman and child from every nation, every tribe, and every tongue, scattered all over the world.  Anyone…..ANYONE can flee there for refuge. “Whosoever shall call upon the Name of the Lord shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
It is also a depiction of the local church, the place where sinners can go to find refuge. It is here they can learn that Jesus took all their sins and all their shame upon Himself on the cross; that He has taken all the punishment for sin that should have been theirs.
The Other Impossible Of Hebrews 6.
In Hebrews 6, preachers have often expounded upon the passage below:
“For it is IMPOSSILE for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.”
(Hebrews 6:4-6)
You know what they are implying, right?  That there is something you can do something to lose your salvation.  THAT’S RIDICULOUS!  If you can do something to lose it, THEN IT ISN’T ETERNAL.  End of story.
Sincere, well-meaning pastors who teach this error, however, seem to know nothing about THE OTHER IMPOSSIBLE in the very same chapter…
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”
“For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is IMPOSSIBLE for God to lie,we might have strong consolation, who have fled for REFUGE to lay hold of the hope set before us.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest FOREVER according to the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:13-14, 16-20
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Forever Secure.
Paul, writing to Jewish believers, is using language they understand to drive home a point.  I discussed the cities of refuge first so you would understand what Paul said they way they understood him.  He was using the language of the cities of refuge to drive home the point that, once you come to faith in Christ, YOU ARE COMPLETELY, IRREVOCABLY, AND FOREVER SAFE.  YOU CANNOT LOSE YOUR SALVATION.
God swore by himself because there is no one greater To swear by.  Actually, He doesn’t have to swear at all. GOD CANNOT LIE.  So when He swears by Himself and tells you that He will bless you, HE WILL.  You can take that to the bank!  If you have fled to The City of Refuge, JESUS, and God says you are forever secure, then you are!
Rest For The Weary.
Are you tired and weary?  Has it been a long journey and you have no energy left?  Have you gone through the fight of life and feel tired and lost?  Jesus is stooping down, offering His strong shoulder to anyone and everyone who is seeking refuge.  His powerful shoulders, offered in fellowship, are a place of Sanctuary.
Come in and be forever safe!  REST IN HIM.  When you take His shoulder, He lifts you up and becomes your fortress in which you can safely hide.

He will exalt you high above all your troubles, far above all principalities and powers, far above satan, far above all the powers of darkness; far above disease, far above above poverty and above EVERY curse that is named.

You don’t need to do anything in your own strength.  Simply rest on both of His strong shoulders, upheld by His Love and Strength.

That’s our Jesus!  He’s our City of Refuge!

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