These cities set apart as a sort of asylum gave people a recourse to safety when their lives were in danger. The Greek translation speak well when describing them as “cities of flight.” Even the New Testament speaks about our hope that comes from our place of refuge.
So that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. – Hebrews 6:18
Here the city of refuge, as a place for us to put our hope, is Jesus. He is our hope that will anchor us and will draw us into safety.
Lord, You are our refuge in times of trouble and You will never abandon those who seek You. You are merciful when we seek Your forgiveness and become our place of hope and restoration. We come with humble and contrite hearts. When we are surrounded by the wickedness of the world, we can endure because You are our fortress and our shield. Thank you for Your faithfulness. May Your Holy Spirit guide us in understanding how the cities of refuge that you established in the Old Testament with guide us in understanding You.
As these appointed cities were the only hope for those who had found themselves in the wrong, whether justly or not, Jesus has become the same for those who find themselves separated from God because of their sin, and the condemnation and punishment that comes with continuing in sin.
Even Zechariah made reference to cities of refuge by calling them prisons of hope. In the gospel there is no respect of persons. The soul who rejects Christ rejects God’s favour and the soul who decides to live their lives in the hope for salvation and eternal life in Jesus, finds refuge.
The towns that you give to the Levites shall include the six cities of refuge, where you shall permit a slayer to flee, and in addition to them you shall give forty-two towns. – Number 35:6