Day 117, April 27, 2021
Scriptures: Joshua 19-20, Proverbs 27
Proverbs 27:12 - The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty.
At the end of our Joshua reading today, the Israelites appoint cities of refuge. This was a part of Levitical code, to establish cities of refuge for the sake of justice.
In the case of accidental death, there was an opportunity for the criminal to be fairly adjudicated. So often when someone is hurt, there is a quick retaliation. Often, the retaliation is worse than the crime. God cares for creation and humanity in his law for the Israelites, he instructs, “Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.” This was a great way to keep from the escalation of violence.
The cities of refuge were similar in function. One more way to ensure the fair trial and treatment of people, and keep from the escalation of violence.
We are wise to take refuge in the midst of danger.
God offers for those in the midst of danger, a city of refuge.
God will become our refuge, he invites us into his home, as children of God through Jesus Christ.
Find refuge in Him.
Jordan Ickes, Minister of Etna Green Church of Christ.