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Christ is our safehouse


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    Heya guys. So I’m moving through Deuteronomy right now rounding out my first reading of the Torah, and I wanted to share my thoughts on this bit of scripture with yuhh. It’s about the safehouse in Deuteronomy 4, which is also more thoroughly illustrated in Numbers:

    @Book of DEUTERONOMY wrote:

    Deu 4:41 ΒΆ Then Moses severed three cities on this side Jordan toward the sunrising;
    Deu 4:42 That the slayer might flee thither, which should kill his neighbour unawares, and hated him not in times past; and that fleeing unto one of these cities he might live:

    @Book of NUMBERS wrote:

    Num 35:6 And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites [there shall be] six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities.

    Num 35:11 Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.
    Num 35:12 And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.
    Num 35:13 And of these cities which ye shall give six cities shall ye have for refuge.
    Num 35:14 Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, [which] shall be cities of refuge.
    Num 35:15 These six cities shall be a refuge, [both] for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.

    So for anyone who committed murder or manslaughter, they had a safehouse to flee to in order to await proper judgement, that no man would murder them in vengeance before trial.

    For us, we have to recognize that WE are all guilty sinners in GOD’s eyes, and that when it comes to the crucifixion, we in fact stand on the side of CHRIST’s enemies, His murderers. We give need for His death because of our sin.

    So! GOD provides a safehouse for those who kill their neighbor or brother, even as we killed CHRIST with our sin. Yet our safehouse and refuge is in CHRIST, even Him that we killed! GOD takes the heathen sinner murderer, unaware of the Glory of GOD, and saves him even with the LAMB that he killed. GOD is amazing, all praise to GOD!

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    I was thinking that the cities of refuge where for accidental killers, not murders. I might be wrong, but you might check that out.

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    It is for both, and it does outline it right after. It’s mainly stated as intended for manslaughter but murderers do flee there as well. Verse 11 states it is for those who kill unawares, but later it outlines how premeditated killers and murderers also will and do flee to them. See text:

    (okay, yes long posts are obnoxious, but it’s scripture!)
    @Book of NUMBERS wrote:

    11 Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.

    12 And they shall be unto you cities for refuge from the avenger; that the manslayer die not, until he stand before the congregation in judgment.

    13 And of these cities which ye shall give six cities shall ye have for refuge.

    14 Ye shall give three cities on this side Jordan, and three cities shall ye give in the land of Canaan, which shall be cities of refuge.

    15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.

    16 And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

    17 And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

    18 Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.

    19 The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.

    20 But if he thrust him of hatred, or hurl at him by laying of wait, that he die;

    21 Or in enmity smite him with his hand, that he die: he that smote him shall surely be put to death; for he is a murderer: the revenger of blood shall slay the murderer, when he meeteth him.

    22 But if he thrust him suddenly without enmity, or have cast upon him any thing without laying of wait,

    23 Or with any stone, wherewith a man may die, seeing him not, and cast it upon him, that he die, and was not his enemy, neither sought his harm:

    24 Then the congregation shall judge between the slayer and the revenger of blood according to these judgments:

    25 And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.

    26 But if the slayer shall at any time come without the border of the city of his refuge, whither he was fled;

    27 And the revenger of blood find him without the borders of the city of his refuge, and the revenger of blood kill the slayer; he shall not be guilty of blood:

    28 Because he should have remained in the city of his refuge until the death of the high priest: but after the death of the high priest the slayer shall return into the land of his possession.

    29 So these things shall be for a statute of judgment unto you throughout your generations in all your dwellings.

    Also interesting that even a manslaughter victim can legally be killed if they leave the safehouse- being ultimately NOT found in Christ they are not saved from death. Because they were supposed to wait for the death of the High Priest- Christ is our high priest. The death of the High Priest sets them free from the punishment of their transgression. Knowwhaddimean? Parrrraaaallllleeeellls! :D

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