Numbers 35:10-11 Cities of Refuge

Numbers 35:10-11 (KJV)
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye be come over Jordan into the land of Canaan;
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.

I have a few thoughts about these refuge cities.

First, it is interesting that this is the exact term being used by modern cities in opposition to President Trump’s policies toward illegals in our country.
Those who are most resistant to Trump are the anti Christian crowds. They are using biblical terminology and ideology to resist Biblical principles.

Second, they are declaring themselves to be refuge cities
The Biblical model is that the people as a whole appointed such cities. Modern cities are falling on a Biblical principle but abusing the principle. God won’t bless it.

Third the Biblical cities of refuge had a specific purpose.
Modern cities of refuge attempt to hide out and protect illegal aliens. This is a concept clearly instructed against in God’s Word.

Using God’s Word to disobey God’s Word is a devilish practice as old as Genesis chapter three. America needs to get a clue who is behind the liberal mentality of refuge cities (and other concepts connected with it).

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Numbers 35:10-11 Cities of Refuge

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Numbers 34:13-15 Their Reward

Numbers 34:13-15 (KJV)
And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying, This is the land which ye shall inherit by lot, which the LORD commanded to give unto the nine tribes, and to the half tribe:
For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance:
The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.

I am sadly reminded of Jesus’ words in Matthew 6:1-5
Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.
Therefore when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

They have their reward.

  • Not that it is the best reward
  • Not that it is the reward God would have had for them
  • Not that they would forever be happy with this reward

but they now have it. There is no further reward available for them. They demanded their “inheritance” before it was due and now there is no more inheritance for them.

What a sad choice when we choose some seen, tangible but temporal thing and loose any hope of unseen, spiritual but eternal riches.

 

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Numbers 34:13-15 Their Reward

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Numbers 32:6-7 What If?

Numbers 32:6-7 (KJV)
And Moses said unto the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben, Shall your brethren go to war, and shall ye sit here?
And wherefore discourage ye the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD hath given them?

History has turned out just as it has. Speculations about, “What if?” Can serve little productive purpose. We don’t know what would be different if people had behaved differently.

Nevertheless I would like to posit a, “What if?” I wonder what might have been different if all of the tribes had committed fully to dwell in the Promised Land?

We know that there were early misunderstandings between Israel and these two and a half tribes.

  • We know that Israel failed to conquer completely the people in the Promised Land and
  • We know that became a thorn in their flesh
  • What if the two and a half tribes had moved into the Promised Land?

What if they had been forced to fight for property good for cattle inside the Promised Land? What if Joshua would have needed to create lots inside the Promised Land to meet the needs of two and a half tribes more?

Moses was “pressured” in many respects, to allow this compromise. It wasn’t his first choice and I notice, in this passage anyway, God never signed off on it.

I think this happens a lot in Christianity. We see a lot of Christians who beg permission to stop just short of full submission to the Lord. And we see how that:

  • Stunts their spiritual growth
  • Leaves churches in need and
  • Prevents Christianity from having full impact in the world

What if Christians would give up their excuses and sell out whole-heartedly to the Lord?

 

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Numbers 32:6-7 What If?

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Numbers 31:1-2 Finish On Top

Numbers 31:1-2 (KJV)
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

Though Moses was not permitted to enter the Promised Land, he was permitted to end his tenor with a victory. He could have been the one to lead Israel into the Land. He came short of that. But he did not come short of victory.

There is no Christian so far backslidden and so out of God’s will that they cannot be victorious for Christ. There are certain sins that restrict the Christian walk.

  • Some things, for instance, are of such a nature that it is impossible to be around children.
  • Some things that might keep a Christian behind bars the rest of their natural lives. There are
  • Some things that disqualify a man from being a pastor or a deacon.

These are as real as God’s insistence that Moses would not go into the Promised Land. (Notice that Moses never contended that.) But never did this mean that Moses, or any believer for that matter, must go out a loser.

Every Christian, regardless of past, can:

  • Repent
  • Obey the Lord and
  • Finish his race on top

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Numbers 31:1-2 Finish On Top

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Numbers 23:21 No Iniquity in Jacob?

Numbers 23:21 (KJV)[1] He hath not beheld iniquity in Jacob, neither hath he seen perverseness in Israel: the LORD his God is with him, and the shout of a king is among them.

The sins of the children of Israel to this point in their history are plentiful:

  • The sins of Abraham
  • The sins of Isaac
  • The sins of Jacob
  • The sins of his wives and
  • The sins of their children

are recorded for all to see. God didn’t attempt to cover them from our eyes

The sins of Israel as a race, just in those years in the wilderness are many. The very fact that they were still in the wilderness was the result of sin on their part.

Further, the future sins of this nation make up a huge part of what is the Bible. It culminates in their rejection of Christ judging themselves unworthy of eternal life and being the first in history to persecute the Christian faith. God, we know, knew all of this. Still, the Lord exclaimed He had not beheld iniquity in Jacob. What that means is that God chose not to see their iniquity as a reason for cursing them through Balaam.

Here is the lesson for us; God is most certainly aware of our sins, past present and future. He is not ignorant of them but He has compartmentalized them.

He does not judge us in the extreme sense while we are in this life.
It gives us opportunity to be saved.

He does not judge the Christians in that extreme sense because they have been judged and hidden in Christ.

He then does not remember the Christian’s sin in respect to judgment.
He does chasten their sin for the purpose of correction.

[1] This is the fourth time I have focused my daily walk with God on this verse. The first time was all the way back in October of 2007. All three previous devotionals contained the same consideration, God had to have known the sins of Israel, but says he had not seen any iniquity in Israel, yet when I read it this time, it was just as much a blessing to me as it was the very first time I wrote about it in 2007. I love the Bible. It is a fresh, new and living book to those who believe.

 

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Numbers 23:21 No Iniquity in Jacob?

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Numbers 22:8-9 The Are Others

Numbers 22:8-9 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Lodge here this night, and I will bring you word again, as the LORD shall speak unto me: and the princes of Moab abode with Balaam.
And God came unto Balaam, and said, What men are these with thee?

Isn’t it interesting that the True and Living God spoke to Balaam though the Bible makes it abundantly clear that he had no association with the Jews or their history?

The location of Balaam’s residence is a subject of some discussion though most agree it was along the Euphrates River. If he was from Mesopotamia his roots would be similar to those of Abraham or of Job.

The point I want to make in this walk with God is that Israel was not alone. There were others, maybe not as doctrinally sound, maybe needing to have the way of God more clearly explained, but nevertheless believers in the same God and hearing from Him too.

When we find ourselves alone, wounded, frightened, we often see through blinders. The resulting tunnel vision obscures from our sight others of like faith.

  • Elijah faced a day like that
  • Elisha’s servant did too

It is only through faith that we are able to see beyond our own blindfold to the others who hear from the very same God.

 

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Numbers 22:8-9 The Are Others

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Numbers 20:12 The Unbelieving Believer

Numbers 20:12 (KJV)
And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into the land which I have given them.

Included among those who had a heart of unbelief and died on the other side of the Jordan are Aaron and more shockingly, Moses.

It is possible to be a believer, a follower of Jesus and still have a heart of unbelief. It doesn’t mean that you won’t go to heaven but it does mean:

  • Your testimony for God is not what it should be
  • The Lord will rebuke you and
  • You will come short of all that might have been

Moses’s failure seems so slight doesn’t it? He was supposed to speak to the rock and he smote it instead. (Notice too that he and Aaron took responsibility for the water that came from the rock.) All of Israel had survived the death angel in Egypt. They had all crossed the Red Sea. But most of them had a heart of unbelief at Kadesh Barnea. The Kohathites were commissioned of God and had wonderful duties for the Lord. But they too had a heart of unbelief concerning God’s role for Moses in relationship to them.

Christians too may possess a heart of unbelief. It doesn’t mean they are not saved. It means they are not right with God as they might be. Faith, believing God in the details and obeying him in them, is the difference between rewards in heaven and just having a place in heaven.

 

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Numbers 20:12 The Unbelieving Believer

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Numbers 19:20 Your Choice

Numbers 19:20 (KJV)
But the man that shall be unclean, and shall not purify himself, that soul shall be cut off from among the congregation, because he hath defiled the sanctuary of the LORD: the water of separation hath not been sprinkled upon him; he is unclean.

Notice the issue of choice, free will.

  • God provided a means to be clean.
  • God detailed the steps to access this purity and
  • God urged them to be clean.

But there is always someone who chooses to do otherwise. He is not forced to be clean. He is not required to be purified. He has a right of free will.

But there is a consequence. He is separated out.

What so many rebel against is the consequence.

  • They want to avoid work and get a paycheck too
  • They want to abuse their bodies and be healthy too
  • They want to be civilly disobedient and be protected by the government too
  • They want to sin against God and be accepted by God too

God gives us free will but we must bear the consequences of exercising it.

 

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Numbers 19:20 Your Choice

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Numbers 18:6 Given To You But Not For You

Numbers 18:6 KJV
And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel: to you they are given as a gift for the LORD, to do the service of the tabernacle of the congregation.

Types and pictures from Biblical examples are a bit tricky. We may use them, see them and learn from them but we can’t be dogmatic about them. What the Bible says is true. What one draws from what the Bible says may not be.

It is an error for instance to liken the priests of the Old Testament to New Testament ministry. Jesus has made every Christian a priest. Those churches (falsely so-called) that pattern churches after the Aaronic priesthood do so wrongly and with great harm.

A more accurate picture would be to see a new priesthood composed of all believers. They are taken from this world to be a peculiar people and a royal priesthood. God claims them as His own to do ministry for Him in this world. We can then extend the type farther to see Levi as given to Aaron to be and aid for the work of the Lord. In this type those called into ministry are given to the believers to help them perform their ministries. This is what we see in the book of Ephesians, chapter four.

Here’s the thing I see in our text; Levi was given to the priests but not for the priests. He was given to the priests for the Lord. Pastors are given to the members of the church in which they serve but for the Lord.

Better take care not mistreat those gifts to the church because they are there not specifically for the church but for the Lord. To mistreat them is to mistreat that which belongs to God.

 

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Numbers 18:6 Given To You But Not For You

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Numbers 16:2 The Danger of Fame

Numbers 16:2 (KJV)
And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

There are obvious advantages to being “of renown.” These are men with noticeable skills, probably of wisdom, business, physical capability etc. They were famous for those skills. And no doubt benefited from the fame as much as the skill. But there are disadvantages too. For one, others will attempt to exploit those people for their own benefit. For another, those with the renown are tempted to forget where their abilities originated.

Both of these are brought to bear in our passage. Surely Korah chose those men he “took” on purpose. He didn’t pick out the more humble, and less known to join him in his cause. He picked those whose very renown would seem to support his claim that Moses took too much upon himself.

At the same time these men of renown would be the very ones to believe Moses took too much upon himself. We’re they not as capable? Were they not men of skill, fame and action? Could they not lead as well as Moses had? Could it not be that, had they been in charge, some of the calamities Israel had fallen in been would have been avoided?

Those with obvious ability must be doubly careful to avoid the trap of “believing their own press reports.”

 

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Numbers 16:2 The Danger of Fame

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