READ: JOSHUA 20 & 21 // #TruthVignette

The cities of refuge are assigned and mapped out.  They were positioned in places that were easily accessible.  No one lived too far from a city of refuge when they needed protection. And when you arrived at a city gate you had safety, without judgement.

I didn’t realize until I studied the bible at the School of Biblical Studies {SBS} just how much Jesus was weaved through-out the Old Testament.   I knew Christ was always part of God’s plan but I hadn’t put two-and-two together how much everything in the Old Testament is pointing us to Christ and the Cross. Because of that, I love the significance God places in a name, and more specifically in today’s reading, the names of each of the cities of refuge.

Kedesh means the holy place. A place to be made right with God – Through Christ we are made right with God.

 “For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous.” {Romans 5:19, ESV}

Shechem means shoulder, or place of burdens. – Jesus is our burden lifter. He is like a farmer who carries a young sheep on his shoulder.

“He will tend his flock like a shepherd; he will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom, and gently lead those that are with young. {Isaiah 40:11, ESV}”

Hebron means community or friendship – we have fellowship with other christians and with God through Jesus Christ.

“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. {John 1:7, ESV}”

Bezer means a strong fortress – Jesus is our strong fortress, our rock and place of safety.

“The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. {Psalm 18:2, ESV}”

Ramoth Gilead means high places or heights – we live in high places with God. This is like a picture of the success that God gives to us.

“God, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer’s; he makes me tread on my high places. {Habakkuk 3:19, ESV}”

Golan means a place of exiles – we are exiles, that is, strangers in the world.

“Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. {1 Peter 2:11, ESV}”

Christ embodies all these characteristics, He is our strong refuge! He alone makes us holy. He caries us when we are weak.  He is our fellowship and fellowship maker.  He is our strong fortress, our safety. And we live in high places because of the success that Christ allows us.

We can run to Christ for safety, forgiveness, and protection, and through Christ we have been given easy access to God. He is never too far from us!  In our reading today we start out learning the complete security we have in Christ through the cities of refuge and we end with the complete fulfillment of ALL of God’s promises to the Israelites.

“Thus the Lord gave to Israel ALL the land that he swore to give to their fathers.  And they took possession of it, and hey settled there.  And the Lord gave them rest on every side just as he had sworn to their fathers. Not one of ALL their enemies had withstood them, for the Lord had given ALL their enemies into their hands.  Not one work of ALL the good promises that the Lord had made to the house of Israel had failed; ALL came to pass.”

{Joshua 21:43-45, ESV}

Notice the word “ALL” repeated 5 times in this verse.  God completed all that He promised to do.  All, not some or a just a couple of the big things but EVERYTHING!  That is good news!  And should be a joyful encouragement to each one of us that God is going to fulfill all He has promised to you too!  God doesn’t specialize in partiality — He is the perfecter of an absolute complete finisher!

Believe It! – God fulfills ALL His promises!

Trust It! – Through Christ you have been given complete access to God and when we talk to Him, He hears us and answers our call.  Trust it, and keep talking to Him.

Live It! – Today, seek refuge in Christ.  If you are having a great week, bask in the presence of Christ who makes all things possible, worship and sing praises to our King!  If you are having a difficult week, sit at the feet of the Lord and lay your burdens all down before him — He wants to be the shoulder carrying, not only you but your burdens too.  

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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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