We are still knee deep in the cities and allotments but today I want to pull out a nugget in chapter 20, about the cities of refuge. We first read about them back in numbers 35. The cities were always Levitical cities, so the asylum was from the priests. The area was expanded to the whole town so that the person did not defile the altar or sacred spaces. It is interesting that this concept continued on into the modern age where a person could seek asylum in a church and it was recognized by law. Not to get to overly religious here, but it does remind me that Jesus is our high priest and there is always asylum in him!
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.