devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2366
Num 35:1 Yahveh spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho, and this is what he said,
Num 35:2 “Command the people of Israel to give to the Levites some of the inheritance they possess as cities for them to stay in. And you will give to the Levites pasture-lands around the cities.
Num 35:3 The cities will be theirs to stay in, and their pasture-lands will be for their herds and for their flocks+- and for all their animals.
Num 35:4 The pasture-lands of the cities, which you will give to the Levites, will reach from the wall of the city outward a thousand cubits all around.
Num 35:5 And you will measure, outside the city, on the east side two thousand cubits, and on the south side two thousand cubits, and on the west side two thousand cubits, and on the north side two thousand cubits, the city being in the middle. This will belong to them as pasture-land for their cities.
Num 35:6 “The cities that you give to the Levites will be the six cities of refuge, where you will permit the person who unintentionally kills someone to run away, and in addition to them you will give forty-two cities.
Num 35:7 All the cities that you give to the Levites will be forty-eight, with their pasture-lands.
Num 35:8 And as for the cities that you will give from the possession of the people of Israel, from the larger tribes you will take many, and from the smaller tribes you will take few; each, in proportion to the inheritance that it inherits, will give of its cities to the Levites.”
The LORD built consideration into his economy. The tribes were to be considerate of the Levites, who owned no land as an inheritance, and they were to be considerate of the person who unintentionally kills someone, by providing cities of refuge for them to seek asylum in.
Not everyone is going to be able to make it in this world without some help from us. If we wonder what God wants us to do for the homeless and poor and refugees, we can take a clue from passages like this. God wants us to be considerate of them.
LORD, show us how to help those who need our help.