每日诗歌：Cornerstone( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3HH__-1Zbs )
每日读经：申命记19-20 ( https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=deuteronomy+19&version=CUVS )
Deuteronomy 19: 9 Because you carefully follow all these laws I command you today—to love the Lord your God and to walk always in obedience to him—then you are to set aside three more cities.
申19:9 你 若 谨 守 遵 行 我 今 日 所 吩 咐 的 这 一 切 诫 命 ， 爱 耶 和 华 ─ 你 的 神 ， 常 常 遵 行 他 的 道 ， 就 要 在 这 三 座 城 之 外 ， 再 添 三 座 城 。
Where can I find my refuge?
Whenever I read about the cities of refuge, I always imagine myself as the person running to the city. Just imagine…
one day you’re going out one morning to chop some wood with your neighbor. All of a sudden, thwack! Your axe head goes flying! You turn around to see where it went, only to see that it has hit your neighbor, who is now dead. What an ugly and grisly sight that is. What will you feel in that moment? Shock? Fear? Guilt? Probably a mixture of all those things. What can you do? You start to run away. But where can you go at this moment? Who can you turn to? And suddenly, you think of THAT city… the one that God has set as a city of refuge for such a time as this. And you know where you must go.
If I read this chapter by itself, I would be surprised that God would prepare for such a coincidental occurrence. It’s like a story that would be reported on the TV: “Priscilla is running to the city of refuge after accidentally killing her neighbor with an axe head”. How can this situation apply to my life today? Thinking about it, I am often hiding from my own sin as well. It could be sins that I know about, or sins that I commit without even thinking about it. If I stop to look them, I can see how ugly they are. So, I try to hide it, try to make myself look better, try to pretend it’s not there. In reality, I should just bring it to God. God has already paid the price and prepared a place of refuge for me. These two chapters show an intersection of God’s justice and mercy. With justice, there is mercy, with the law there is grace.
Thank you, Lord for reminding me of your perfect character, and extending to me your perfect grace.