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Refuge and Redemption

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Refuge and Redemption

Mark Brett

Joshua 20

Shame, comparison, and guilt often cover our own view of ourselves. Do you look at yourself through a lens of shame? Pastor Mark Brett explains the cities of refuge that were present in Israel and how they point to the ultimate refuge we can find in God. Your shame may overwhelm you, but you have been redeemed from the lies you tell yourself, and given righteousness and refuge through Jesus.

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Then the Lord spoke to Joshua, “Tell the Israelites: Select your cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, so that a person who kills someone unintentionally or accidentally may flee there. These will be your refuge from the avenger of blood. When someone flees to one of these cities, stands at the entrance of the city gate, and states his case before the elders of that city, they are to bring him into the city and give him a place to live among them.
Joshua 20:1-4

Whoever sheds human blood, by humans his blood will be shed, for God made humans in his image.
Genesis 9:6

“Do not defile the land where you live, for bloodshed defiles the land, and there can be no atonement for the land because of the blood that is shed on it, except by the blood of the person who shed it. Do not make the land unclean where you live and where I dwell; for I, the Lord, reside among the Israelites.”
Numbers 35:33-34

“Whoever strikes a person so that he dies must be put to death. But if he did not intend any harm, and yet God allowed it to happen, I will appoint a place for you where he may flee. If a person schemes and willfully acts against his neighbor to murder him, you must take him from my altar to be put to death.
Exodus 21:12-14

Friends, do not avenge yourselves; instead, leave room for God’s wrath, because it is written, Vengeance belongs to me; I will repay, says the Lord.
Romans 12:19

“If anyone strikes a person with an iron object and death results, he is a murderer; the murderer must be put to death. If anyone has in his hand a stone capable of causing death and strikes another person and he dies, the murderer must be put to death. If anyone has in his hand a wooden object capable of causing death and strikes another person and he dies, the murderer must be put to death. The avenger of blood himself is to kill the murderer; when he finds him, he is to kill him. Likewise, if anyone in hatred pushes a person or throws an object at him with malicious intent and he dies, or if in hostility he strikes him with his hand and he dies, the one who struck him must be put to death; he is a murderer. The avenger of blood is to kill the murderer when he finds him.

“But if anyone suddenly pushes a person without hostility or throws any object at him without malicious intent or without looking drops a stone that could kill a person and he dies, but he was not his enemy and didn’t intend to harm him, the assembly is to judge between the person who kills someone and the avenger of blood according to these ordinances. The assembly is to protect the one who kills someone from the avenger of blood. Then the assembly will return him to the city of refuge he fled to, and he must live there until the death of the high priest
Numbers 35:16-25

Go'el hadam: to redeem, reclaim, or restore

The Lord redeems the life of his servants,
and all who take refuge in him will not be punished.
Psalm 34:22

These are the cities appointed for all the Israelites and the aliens residing among them.
Joshua 20:9

He is to stay in that city until he stands trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest serving at that time.
Joshua 20:6

I will praise you because I have been remarkably and wondrously made.
Your works are wondrous, and I know this very well.
Psalm 139:14

“Listen to me, house of Jacob, all the remnant of the house of Israel, who have been sustained from the womb, carried along since birth. I will be the same until your old age, and I will bear you up when you turn gray. I have made you, and I will carry you; I will bear and rescue you.”
Isaiah 46:3-4

I am the Lord, showing faithful love, justice, and righteousness on the earth, for I delight in these things. This is the Lord’s declaration.
Jeremiah 9:24

God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. Therefore we will not be afraid, though the earth trembles and the mountains topple into the depths of the seas, though its water roars and foams and the mountains quake with its turmoil.
Psalm 46:1

“If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.”
John 7:37

“Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28

Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 14:6

“There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to people by which we must be saved.”
Acts 4:12

How do you feel God feels about you on one of your bad days.

So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free.
John 8:36