The city of refuge...heaven...

added: 03/22/09 9:21pm edit this journal It's that time Sunday night when we close shop for the week and get ready to face the terrible monster monday morning. Perhaps we are up watching television or at the movies. Some at the restaurant. Some of you busy craming the homework for tomorrow. Who knows what everybody thinks about this time when everything quiets down and there a still in the house and everybody can hear everybody else think. But us here we turn to Joshua 20:1-6 where it says, ["...1Then the LORD said to Joshua, 2"Say to the people of Israel, 'Appoint the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses, 3that the manslayer who strikes any person without intent or unknowingly may flee there. They shall be for you a refuge from the avenger of blood. 4He shall flee to one of these cities and shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city and explain his case to the elders of that city. Then they shall take him into the city and give him a place, and he shall remain with them. 5And if the avenger of blood pursues him, they shall not give up the manslayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor unknowingly, and did not hate him in the past. 6And he shall remain in that city until he has stood before the congregation for judgment, until the death of him who is high priest at the time. Then the manslayer may return to his own town and his own home, to the town from which he fled...'] This is just a long way of saying that the Lord is our refuge. We are man-slayers who need a city where to flee so the avenging wrath of the Lord won't find us. The bible says that in this life we have no lasting city. Hebrews. We look for a city built by God which last forever. We turn to Psalm 23:6 where it says, ["...6Surely[d] goodness and mercy[e] shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall(Q) dwell[f] in the house of the LORD (R) forever.[g]...] Surely God is our refuge in this life and in the life to come and we can trust that goodness to come and follow us into heaven itself. I only say so because the bible says so and the faithful witness is always giving thanks for all the kind blessings and provisions of the Lord. There are tears and tense moments but they only helps us stay focused on God alone and not on our own strenght. Back to Psalm 23:1 to finish, ["... 1The LORD is my(A) shepherd; I shall not(B) want...] This is not taking the bible out of context. It really tells it like it is. Truly the Lord is a good God who can take care of you and your life and your loved one if you put your faith on him. May you be blessed. Amen. thbg

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