Joshua 20* The law concerning the cities of refuge. (1-6) The citiesappointed as refuges. (7-9)1-6 When the Israelites were settled in their promisedinheritance, they were reminded to set apart the cities ofrefuge, whose use and typical meaning have been explained, #Nu35; De 19|. God's spiritual Israel have, and shall have inChrist and heaven, not only rest to repose in, but refuge tosecure themselves in. These cities were designed to typify therelief which the gospel provides for penitent sinners, and theirprotection from the curse of the law and the wrath of God, inour Lord Jesus, to whom believers flee for refuge, #Heb 6:18|. 7-9 These cities, as those also on the other side Jordan, stoodso that a man might in half a day reach one of them from anypart of the country. God is ever a Refuge at hand. They were allLevites' cities. It was kindness to the poor fugitive, that whenhe might not go up to the house of the Lord, yet he had theservants of God with him, to instruct him, and pray for him, andto help to make up the want of public ordinances. Some observe asignificance in the names of these cities with application toChrist our Refuge. Kedesh signifies holy, and our Refuge is theholy Jesus. Shechem, a shoulder, and the government is upon hisshoulder. Hebron, fellowship, and believers are called into thefellowship of Christ Jesus our Lord. Bezer, a fortification, forhe is a strong hold to all those that trust in him. Ramoth, highor exalted, for Him hath God exalted with his own right hand.Golan, joy or exultation, for in Him all the saints arejustified, and shall glory.
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