Read Numbers 34-36.
Before the nation entered the land of promise, Moses gave some broad instructions on dividing up the land among the 9 1/2 tribes. Then, he turned his attention to the tribe of Levi. As a chosen tribe of priests who served the other tribes, the Levites were not granted a single large portion of real estate. Instead, they were given six strategically located cities with their surrounding pastureland; north, central and south on both sides of the
These were called Cities of Refuge. Not only did the Levites live in them but the cities provided a safe haven for a person who accidentally killed another person. Protection was provided from unjust avengers. It was not a safe place for criminals.
We all need a place of refuge; a safe place when things go wrong. Sometimes it is accidental and without intent on our part. Often it is our own fault as a result of a foolish decision. But trouble, guilt, and oppression sooner or later will find everyone.
Here is our Hope-
Psalm 9:9-"The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you."
Psalm 59:16-"But I will sing of your strength; I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning. For you have been to me a fortress and a refuge in the day of my distress."
Psalm 62:5-8-"For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory; my mighty rock, my refuge is God."