Deuteronomy – Deu 19:1-13 Christ is the City of Refuge

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Deuteronomy – Deu 19:1-13 Christ is the City of Refuge

[Study Aired September 19, 2020]

Deu 19:1  When the LORD thy God hath cut off the nations, whose land the LORD thy God giveth thee, and thou succeedest them, and dwellest in their cities, and in their houses;
Deu 19:2  Thou shalt separate three cities for thee in the midst of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to possess it.
Deu 19:3  Thou shalt prepare thee a way, and divide the coasts of thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to inherit, into three parts, that every slayer may flee thither.
Deu 19:4  And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past;
Deu 19:5  As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:
Deu 19:6  Lest the avenger of the blood pursue the slayer, while his heart is hot, and overtake him, because the way is long, and slay him; whereas he was not worthy of death, inasmuch as he hated him not in time past.
Deu 19:7  Wherefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt separate three cities for thee.
Deu 19:8  And if the LORD thy God enlarge thy coast, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers, and give thee all the land which he promised to give unto thy fathers;
Deu 19:9  If thou shalt keep all these commandments to do them, which I command thee this day, to love the LORD thy God, and to walk ever in his ways; then shalt thou add three cities more for thee, beside these three:
Deu 19:10  That innocent blood be not shed in thy land, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
Deu 19:11  But if any man hate his neighbour, and lie in wait for him, and rise up against him, and smite him mortally that he die, and fleeth into one of these cities:
Deu 19:12  Then the elders of his city shall send and fetch him thence, and deliver him into the hand of the avenger of blood, that he may die.
Deu 19:13  Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt put away the guilt of innocent blood from Israel, that it may go well with thee.

As in many of my studies, I go to the IWWB web site and see what the LORD has already given others to prophesy on the verses I am reading. This particular subject on the cities of refuge was already covered by Steve Crook. I read his study and was very edified by what he was given and how he showed Christ as the refuge and the cities. We know from many other studies, that the nations, “whose land the LORD thy God” is giving to us (H8802-Qal stem), are inward in this age. The land we are being given is the old heaven and old earth in which we thought we reigned.

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

The first heaven and the first earth are the thoughts that regulated our own bodies. They are the way we looked at life from a carnal mind. This land is the land of Canaan BEFORE it becomes the land of promise. We walk in the fleshly carnal mind until the LORD God begins to give us victory over the land through a new mind, which will govern a new land. Everything becomes new from what was once seen in a different light. While we come into this new land, we are “seceding” from it, and seeing what was once “my free will choice” was actually the LORD God moving us to do what He had predestined we do.

The number three represents the process of judgment, and in this new land we are to establish three cities to which the slayer can flee from the avenger of blood. The avenger of blood in the natural is the person who wants vengeance for the death of his family member who was killed without malice or without lying in wait.

Deu 19:4  And this is the case of the slayer, which shall flee thither, that he may live: Whoso killeth his neighbour ignorantly, whom he hated not in time past; 
Deu 19:5  As when a man goeth into the wood with his neighbour to hew wood, and his hand fetcheth a stroke with the axe to cut down the tree, and the head slippeth from the helve, and lighteth upon his neighbour, that he die; he shall flee unto one of those cities, and live:

Exo 21:13  And if a man lie not in wait, but God deliver him into his hand; then I will appoint thee a place whither he shall flee.

In Steve’s study he covers the point of what an “avenger” represents. Below is an excerpt from his study.

The avenger is a redeemer of blood. The reason we have to flee to the new Jerusalem, our refuge, is because we have murdered Christ. His blood is upon our hands by our sins, and therefore we are guilty of the shedding of blood of the Innocent.

Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.

Isa 53:5  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

1Pe 2:24  Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.

The refuge cities are for those who kill a person “unawares”, without meaning to kill that person, but a person, we read earlier, whom “God had delivered” into our hands. That person was Christ.

1Ti 1:13  Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.

We walk through this life unaware that we have blood on our hands. We are not aware from birth that we are born in sin and that Christ died for us. We are unaware that we need a savior. Then we are captured by Babylon and then we actually murder Christ by thinking we have freewill. It would have better for us not to have known the truth, than having known it, turn from it, and that is exactly what we all do in Babylon.

2Pe 2:20  For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning.
2Pe 2:21  For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them.
2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.

We come to know some truth when we are captured by Babylon, but that truth is mixed with self-righteousness. We come to know that we are worthy of death, but that does not stop us from making ourselves righteous by the law and then murdering others who are under the same judgment. When you have done it to the ‘least of these my servants you’ve done it to me’ (Mat 25:45). We judge ourselves righteous and then judge others, who are in the same condition, as unrighteous and worthy of the death we think we have escaped through works of the flesh.

Mat 25:44  Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?
Mat 25:45  Then shall he answer them, saying, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me.
Mat 25:46  And these shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.

This whole sequence is brought out in Romans chapters 1 through 3. He explains how we are in a condition of wrath, under the wrath of God and are all gone our own ways. He explains how all of humanity is under the curse and that there is none righteous, no not one, and yet once we are brought to Babylon, we turn that judgment on those ‘out there’ and forget who we are by nature. We turn ourselves into self-righteous gods that have, in the flesh, soared above the rest of humanity. With that false judgment, we judge them outside of us, and by doing so we are judging Christ Himself.

Rom 1:21  Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom 1:23  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.

Rom 1:32  Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

Rom 2:1  Therefore thou art inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou art that judgest: for wherein thou judgest another, thou condemnest thyself; for thou that judgest doest the same things.
Rom 2:2  But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth against them which commit such things.
Rom 2:3  And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?
Rom 2:4  Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
Rom 2:5  But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;
Rom 2:6  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:
Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:
Rom 2:11  For there is no respect of persons with God.

Rom 3:9  What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;
Rom 3:10  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
Rom 3:11  There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.
Rom 3:12  They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
Rom 3:13  Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:
Rom 3:14  Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:
Rom 3:15  Their feet are swift to shed blood:
Rom 3:16  Destruction and misery are in their ways:
Rom 3:17  And the way of peace have they not known:
Rom 3:18  There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Rom 3:19  Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
Rom 3:20  Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight: for by the law is the knowledge of sin.

This set of verses encapsulates the truth of our condition as fleshly people left to ourselves, without being dragged to the truth. These verses show how we need that city of refuge, for without it, we are running from the Avenger of blood. He is looking to redeem the death of His Son on all those who see themselves as sons without the Son.

Mat 21:33  Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
Mat 21:34  And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Mat 21:35  And the husbandmen took his servants, and beat one, and killed another, and stoned another.
Mat 21:36  Again, he sent other servants more than the first: and they did unto them likewise.
Mat 21:37  But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.
Mat 21:38  But when the husbandmen saw the son, they said among themselves, This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and let us seize on his inheritance.
Mat 21:39  And they caught him, and cast him out of the vineyard, and slew him.
Mat 21:40  When the lord therefore of the vineyard cometh, what will he do unto those husbandmen?
Mat 21:41  They say unto him, He will miserably destroy those wicked men, and will let out his vineyard unto other husbandmen, which shall render him the fruits in their seasons.
Mat 21:42  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
Mat 21:43  Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.
Mat 21:44  And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
Mat 21:45  And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them.
Mat 21:46  But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.

God is looking to revenge the blood of His murdered child at the hands of all those who believe they have free will. In thinking you have freewill, you are thinking you caused yourself to sin and therefore have stopped yourself from sinning. By thinking you have free will, you can unmurder Christ by your works and satisfy the Innocent blood of Christ, satisfy the Avenger. However, that is not true because the blood of the Innocent cries from the ground in which we live with the self-righteous words we speak.

Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Christ’s innocent blood cries from OUR GROUND, because in our ground, in our earth, we are still proclaiming our innocence, and in doing so we are convicting ourselves.

Gen 4:11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
Gen 4:12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

“A fugitive and a vagabond” in my own body shall I be as long as I do not see my own guilt in the death of Christ. I will always be running from the Avenger and never have a city of refuge. I will always carry around the guilt of death on my earth and all the tilling of my own ground through religious works will not break this truth, and I will never be given the strength over my earth. “When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength.” If it were to yield to you her strength, then that would mean you had rested in the city of refuge.

Because we continue to walk in our own works, left there blinded by God, then we are always a fugitive and vagabond until we are judged. That judgment, hopefully, is happening in this life, and if not then it will be in the lake of fire where all will be shown the truth, and all will be saved from the Avenger by going through judgment. Blood for blood; the death of our old man for the life of the New Man, Christ. As we read a few minutes ago, “this was the LORD’s doing”, and it is marvelous in our eyes.

Mat 21:42  Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?

It is the LORD’S doing that mankind is left thinking they have free will. He created it that way. We did not create ourselves that way. He is the Potter, and we are the clay. If He leaves (and He will) 99.9% of all of humanity in the dark until the white throne judgment, then…”this is the LORD’S doing, and it is marvelous in OUR EYES.”

Did you ever wonder why Christ used the plural “our eyes” instead of the singular “my eyes”? I did, until my eyes were opened that He was speaking of you and me. We are the “our” in “our eyes”. It is a beautiful marvelous thing that He is doing by keeping the world blinded until the time He opens their eyes in the lake of fire. We are given that truth today, just as when He created man in the beginning and said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness.” We are the “our” in this verse because we are going through the making process now, and in the lake of fire the rest of mankind will go through their recreation process and will be made into “our” image, the image of Christ.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

Do you see the lake of fire in this verse? They are given dominion over the fish in the sea (the sea being the lake of fire) and over fowl of the air, over cattle, over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. It is in the lake of fire all of mankind are given the victory over their lives through the knowledge of truth and created into “our image”, the image of Christ. Scriptures tell us that God declares “the end from the beginning”, therefore the beginning is the END!!! Genesis is the end of humanity but the Genesis of the beginning of the new creation.

Isa 46:9  Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me,
Isa 46:10  Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Isa 46:11  Calling a ravenous bird from the east, the man that executeth my counsel from a far country: yea, I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

The end is the beginning, death is life, the great white throne judgment is the beginning and is what is spoken of in Genesis. I am going to quote Genesis 1:1-4 and while we read, see verse one as the white throne JUDGMENT. “The earth is void, and darkness is upon the face of the deep”, and then the rest of chapter one is the beginning of the end and the coming to light of the truth for us in this age and for all of humanity in the lake of fire.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Gen 1:2  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Gen 1:3  And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
Gen 1:4  And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.

Once the judgment has been handed down in “the earth is without FORM, and  VOID: and DARKNESS upon the FACE of the deep”, they move to creation by God casting them into the lake of fire, where simultaneously it is said “let there be light”. In this proclamation of light, they are cast into the light, the light of the fire which will expose the truth, and as we are now seeing the end as the beginning, better is the day of one’s death (the end) than the day of one’s birth.

Ecc 7:1  A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Death is life, and life is death.

Mat 16:24  Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

The more we study, the more trials we go through, and the more we learn. With each trial, with each “let there be light” from the unformed, void and darkened place of our minds, we are being created more into the image of “Christ” Who is the image of GOD!

Col 1:15  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:
Col 1:16  For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
Col 1:17  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

So, LET THERE BE LIGHT, the end is the beginning, and when we read the beginning, we are reading the end of flesh and the recreation of all of mankind in the lake of fire. So, let’s read:

Rev 20:11  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
Rev 20:12  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
Rev 20:13  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
Rev 20:14  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
Rev 20:15  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

What happens after they are cast into the lake of fire? What does the next verse say?

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

What came from the second death? What comes next? Seeing the new heaven and the new earth is the same as saying, “Let there be light.”

Rev 21:2  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Rev 21:5  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 
Rev 21:7  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Who overcomes? Everyone that was cast ALIVE into the lake of fire. Why do they overcome? Because God is faithful to the work He has done in Christ, NONE WILL BE LOST FOREVER.

1Co 15:22  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [The same ‘all’ as in Revelation 21:5 when He said He would make all things new.]
1Co 15:23  But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
1Co 15:24  Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

I pray we are all left in the city of refuge called , the new jerusalem and that we all can see the end from the beginning.

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