Day 235 - Numbers 34

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V. 1 The Lord says "when ye come into the land", He does not say "if", for He had promised, and He was going to keep that promise. And they very same Hand that had brought them out of Egypt, and had kept them through those 40 years in the wilderness, would also divide to them the land that flowed with "milk and honey". So here we read of the borders of that land.
V. 16. These two men, Eleazar the priest and Joshua, are to divide the promised land among the twelve tribes.
V. 19 29 A prince was to be put in charge of each tribe. Remember that He has also promised to us a "land" above... our blessings cannot be measured by boundaries nor miles. Even now, we are so richly blessed, and the Lord wants us to enjoy all. The height and depth, and breadth and length cannot be measured, Eph. 3:17, 1817That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; (Ephesians 3:17‑18) and 19. It is all ours, for we are heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ.
Day 236 Numbers 35
V. 11 The cities of refuge were for someone who had killed anyone "at unawares" that is, by accident. We can see from the end of verse 16, that if it was actual murder, then the man who did it, must be put to death. Always remember that murder comes from Satan John 8:4444Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. (John 8:44).
V. 25 The one who fled to the city of refuge was to remain there until the death of the High Priest, and then he could come back to the place where the death had taken place, and he would be free. But from verses 26 and 27 we see that if he came out of that city before the death of the high priest, then he could be put to death. Now let us apply this story. The Lord Jesus loved His guilty people Israel so much, that He said "Father forgive them, for they know not what they do". If the Lord had not said this, they would have been guilty of murder, and there could be no blessing for them forever. But now, we might say, they are guilty of "manslaughter", and God has permitted them to take refuge among the nations where they are scattered. They are going back to their land right now while the great High Priest (the Lord Jesus) is still in glory, and they will be punished there in the land for their disobedience. After the Lord has come to take us believers to Himself in heaven, He will bring the believing Israelites to their land and He will appear there.(Though this chapter is about God's people, Israel, it is an illustration of the refuge (safe place) we have found in our Lord Jesus. Let us thank God for it.)