Wednesday, September 28
The Israelites were given the privilege to celebrate the LORD as their military general, intelligence leader, informant, strategist, defender, King, and Promise Keeper. Joshua followed the orders of his commander in chief and finished up the land divisions. Inheritance was finally bestowed on him, as well, and he received the town of Timnah Serah in the hill country of Ephraim. Joshua rebuilt the town and settled down. He was reminded many times through his career to be strong and courageous. He listened and believed – and the LORD granted him success.
The LORD requested Joshua to set aside cities of refuge for those guilty of accidentally causing someone’s death. Moses heard this command also, in Numbers 35:9. This was the beginning of the judicial system for God’s people. If someone had been accused of murder and was a fugitive, they could find sanctuary as they awaited judgement. They could flee to one of these designated cities of refuge, stand at the gate, and state their case. The elders of the city would allow the fugitive to enter their city and provide a place of protection for them to live as they awaited trial. These people, awaiting trial, were safe there, as long as the high priest was alive. How grateful I am to have a high priest who never dies! “The LORD will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble” (Psalm 9:9).