Joshua 20

Before Reading.

  • Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.


  • Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
  • Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
  • Take a note if you have question, inspiration.   

Read Joshua 20


Cities of refuge.

The city of refuge was established by the law of Moses in Deuteronomy 19:1-13.  It was a part of judicial system at that time to make fair trial and also to protect murders from the avenger of blood (v.3).

The avenger of the blood was the deceased men nearest relative, who had the obligation of avenging his death. The word translated “avenger” is the same as that translated “next of kin” (Ruth 3:9). The underlying concept of a near kinsman with certain rights and duties is the same.

There were six cities of refuge, three in the east of Jordan, three in the west of Jordan.

1. What does this passage tell you about God?

2. What does this passage tell you about people.?

3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?  

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