Suggested Reading: Numbers 35-36 (Tomorrow we start the book of Acts)
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Key Verses Numbers 35:11 & 35:34
then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there…Therefore do not defile the land which you inhabit, in which I dwell; for I the Lord dwell among the children of Israel.
Moses provided for a fair trial for the crime of manslaughter, or accidentally killing a person. Capital punishment by execution for murder was within the powers assigned to the state. All of us need a place of refuge. Jesus and His disciples are thought to have used the cave under the convent pictured above as their place of refuge from the misguided religious authorities. We also have a place of refuge! (Hebrews 6:17-20) Thank you, Reynold, for great photos!
After we complete the Book of Acts, we will read in the next Hebrew books that the people again and again defiled the land. Before we judge them too harshly, we need to look at our own lives. Are we defiling the place where God lives? We should live in a state of repentance, a godly sorrow for sin, so that we are constantly cleansed from sin. 1 John 1:7b tells us, “The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin.”
PRAYER FOR TODAY:
Lord God, I run daily into You for refuge. Keep me dwelling in You constantly, because in You is protection and Salvation. Dear Jesus, You promised that, as I have invited You into my heart, that You would live in me. I need constant cleaning so that Your dwelling place will not be defiled. Today I’m praying Paul’s prayer for the believers in Ephesus (click Ephesians 3:14-21). Amen!
100 PERSONAL WORDS:
My son, Ron helps me every day with my blog. Yesterday, for example, he put the speech of Prime Minister Harper into the blog so that all of us hear the reason why, in our recent visit to Israel, people everywhere said, “Your Prime Minister is the best friend Israel has.” Ron, as you read this before it’s posted, please write “100 Personal Words” from yourself…
Hi folks, Ron here. I was surprised this morning to read Dad’s “100 Personal Words” section and discover that Dad wanted me to write it! It’s my privilege to help out Dad with his daily blog and add links where needed. In yesterday’s blog, the link to Prime Minister Harper’s past speech about Israel did not make it to the email version…so I will include it again (click here). It was a wonderful experience for my wife Ann and me to assist Dad and Mom on their recent tour to Israel. Although the military conflict heated up while we were there, we felt safe. Our group took the opportunity to do as Scripture says and “pray for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). On the way to the airport for our return flight, we got word that a cease-fire agreement had been signed. We all rejoiced in this answer to prayer. Let’s keep praying for a more complete resolution to the deep-seated hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians. Ann and I look forward to leading many future tours to the Land of the Bible!
Honoured to walk through the pages of Scripture with Dad and you,