Sweet Sunday Sermon – The Significance of the names of the Cities of Refuge

Submitted by Dr. GP

The following is this weeks submission of Sweet Sunday Sermon under the title – THE SIGNIFICANCE AND MEANING OF THE NAMES OF THE CITIES OF REFUGE.

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  1. People have to start feeling and thinking at the more subtle layers of their beings to understand and overstand world problems.
    Whether you are black or white, or some other colour in between the two ends of the two cultures of humanity, whites have discriminated segregated and stereotyped against blacks the hardest. Using the states of apartheid in South Africa and social segregation of America in the struggles for blacks freedoms and fights for equality. No one will be free until blacks are free and treated equally. What we are experiencing in the world is USA and UK are the biggest racists in the world and rigged the game with global institutional white supremacy racism as the only system of racism that has been put in place for greed of capitalism, to win and rule by hook and crook, and play dirty to stop others rising. In the period of Covid where there is no news you can see the psyops lies and bullshit by the racist right wing Governments, Spies and Media propaganda, such as the anti-China prejudice, the anti-liberal tropes, the anti-black lives matters people, Trump and Brexit cheating in politics and smears against people for being anti-semites for being pro-human rights. The peace truce between UAE and Israel touted by Trump, is only a deal between the US third party proxy agents for black ops like 911 and regime changes in ME, in the Military Industrial Complex’s Project for non-stop PNAC wars this century that was kickstarted with US + Israel drone technology development in 2001. The next generation of automaton fighters are to be employed in South China Seas. UK USA pretend they are not in wars when they use machines and mercenaries but their racial wars continue daily in foreign lands to rule the world in dominion like Satan and his Children and their finest works and lies to exploit and rob the world of all resources and own all the riches and keep people held down in inequality with total control abusing technologies.
    ▶ Black Again
    Despite what you heard from white narratives, blacks are God’s children and you must rise up on that, up! up, up!.

  2. Check these lyrics. How could the albinos presume these were written for them. James Weldon Johnson differs.

    James Weldon Johnson – Lift Every Voice And Sing Lyrics
    Lift every voice and sing
    Till earth and Heaven ring
    Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
    Let our rejoicing rise,
    High as The list’ning skies,
    let it resound loud as the Rolling sea

    Sing a song
    full of faith that the Dark past has taught us,
    Sing a song
    full of The hope that the present has brought Us;

    Facing the rising sun
    of our new day Begun,
    Let us march on till victory is Won.

    Stony the road we trod,
    Bitter the Chast’ning rod,
    Felt in the day that hope
    Unborn had died;
    Yet with a steady Beat,
    Have not our weary feet,
    Come to the Place on which our fathers sighed?

    We have Come
    over a way that with tears has been Watered,
    We have come,
    treading our path Through the blood of the slaughtered,

    Out from The gloomy past,
    till now we stand at Last
    Where the white gleam
    of our star is Cast.

    God of our weary years,
    God of Our silent tears,
    Thou who has brought us thus
    Far on the way;
    Thou who has by thy Might,
    Led us into the light,
    Keep us Forever in the path, we pray

    Lest our feet
    Stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
    Least our hearts,
    drunk with the wine of The world, we forget thee,

    Shadowed beneath the Hand,
    May we forever stand,
    True to our God,
    True to our native land

    There is nothing in here about the albinos nor their lackeys – like the publisher of this sermonizing shiite every Sun – day.

  3. What Were the Cities of Refuge in the Bible?

    The Cities of Refuge were six cities allocated to the Levite tribe in the Old Testament that provided asylum for perpetrators of unintentional manslaughter. Divinely appointed and subject to Mosaic Law, the cities offered offenders refuge and protection from retribution of the avenging family until their case went to trial.
    What is the origin of the Cities of Refuge?
    The establishment of the Cities of Refuge originated during the territorial distribution of the Promised Land of Canaan amongst the 12 tribes of Israel.
    The Levites were the only tribe who had been appointed by God to serve Him as His priests. They were also divinely assigned as the caretakers and overseers of the tabernacle, its rites, and its furnishings (Numbers 18). As God had declared these duties to be their inheritance, the Levites were not allocated territories (Numbers 18:20), (Deuteronomy 18:1-2).
    Nevertheless, the entire nation was responsible for the subsistence of the Levites. This meant that the remaining 11 tribes were required to appropriate a total of 48 cities and pasture lands for the Levites to use for dwelling and living purposes (Numbers 35:1-5). Of these cities, six were designated as the Cities of Refuge (Joshua 20:7-8).
    Not only did the Levites establish and maintain these cities, they also presided as the judicial authorities over them. Thus, God also intended the Levites to be teachers of His laws (Deuteronomy 33:10). As mediators between the Israelites and God, the Levities were gifted in their ability to parley between the offender and the family of the victim in order to prevent further bloodshed.
    Names and tribal territories of the Cities of Refuge
    The following are the names of the six Cities of Refuge as well as the tribal territories they were found in:
    – Kadesh– in Naphtali
    – Shechem– in West Manasseh
    – Hebron- in Judah
    – Golan– in East Manasseh
    – Ramoth – Gilead in Gad
    – Bezer– in Rueben
    Where were the Cities of Refuge?
    The six Cities of Refuge were distributed throughout the Kingdom of Israel in the north and the Kingdom of Judah in the south, along both sides of the Jordan River. Kadesh, Shechem, and Hebron were to the west of the Jordan River; Golan, Ramoth-Gilead, and Bezer were to the east of the Jordan River.
    The cities were strategically placed, in order that they could be easily reached within one day of travel or less (Joshua 20:9). The Cities of Refuge also offered asylum to foreigners.
    The roads leading to the six cities were well maintained in order to ensure a smooth passage for fugitives. Additionally, clearly marked signposts were found at crossroads which read Miklat meaning “Refuge.”

    Why were the Cities of Refuge established?
    Under Mosaic law, murder was punishable by death (Exodus 21:14). This was a decree given by God since the time of Noah (Genesis 9:6) and was one of the 10 Commandments that Moses was instructed to give to the Israelites (Exodus 20:1-17).
    The Mosaic Law was established at a time when the nation of Israel was transitioning from a nomadic folk adhering to tribal laws to a community abiding by civil jurisdiction, which included trials and the ruling of judges.
    In order to keep His people safe from injustice, God required of Moses that the Levites should keep six cities out of the 48 they had been allocated as places of asylum for those who had been accused of manslaughter, that they may be legally protected from those wishing to avenge them until they could come to trial (Numbers 35: 22-25).
    After Joshua crossed into Canaan with the Israelites, God passed on His instructions to set up the Cities of Refuge to him (Joshua 20).
    How did the Cities of Refuge protect people?
    In Joshua 20, God gave Joshua specific instructions for the Israelites to follow in how the Cities of Refuge should function.
    When a situation arose where an individual unintentionally killed someone, the perpetrator was to flee to one of the six Cities of Refuge. Once arrived, they were to stand in front of the gate and plead their case to the elders of the city, who were required to admit the fugitive inside their gates and offer them asylum.
    If an individual was to approach the gates of the city and demand blood justice from an offender that was being protected inside, the elders were not allowed to surrender the person in question into the avenger’s hands.
    The fugitive was required to live within the walls of the city until they came to trial before the gathered assembly. If the High Priest ruled in favor of the fugitive, he was allowed to continue living in the city until the death of the said priest who had acquitted him, died. After that, the offender was free to return to his own home.
    If the offender left the protection of the city before the death of the High Priest, then the one who sought vengeance had the right to kill him without being guilty of murder (Numbers 35:26-27).
    Is there a modern equivalent of the Cities of Refuge for us today?
    The Cities of Refuge can be viewed as a foreshadow of God’s plan for our salvation through Jesus Christ.
    Through the shedding of His blood, Jesus offers us protection from eternal death and separation from God if we confess our sins and take refuge in Him (Hebrews 6:18). He is our High Priest who acquits us from the condemnation of the law (Psalm 34:22).

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