The Cities of Refuge are Types of the Lord Jesus Christ

Scripture Passage: 
Numbers 35:1-34

INTRODUCTION:  What the cities of refuge were to Israel, sheltering the sinner from judgment, the Lord Jesus Christ is to us.

  1. THE CITIES OF REFUGE WERE DIVINELY APPOINTED.  (Numbers 35:1,2)
    1. Christ was divinely appointed.
      1. He entered the world by divine appointment.  (Matthew 21:33-44; Note verses 37, 42-44; Genesis 3:15; Revelation 13:8)
      2. His earthly ministry was by divine appointment.  (Acts 3:22,23; Deuteronomy 18:15,18)
      3. He is the Saviour by divine appointment.  (Acts 2:22-36; Acts 4:18-12; Acts 5:29-32; Acts 10:34-48)
  2. THE CITIES OF REFUGE WERE FOR THE GUILTY.  (Numbers 35:11,12; Joshua 20:3)
    1. The Lord Jesus Christ came to save the guilty.
      1. He came to a guilty world.  (Romans 3:9-23; Psalms 14)
      2.  He came to call sinners to repentance.  (Mark 2:13-17Matthew 9:10-13)
      3. He came to save sinners.  (Luke 19:1-10; Colossians 1:14)
        1. Luke 19
          1. Hungry Soul
          2. Hopeless Sinner 
          3. Hindering Crowd
          4. Helping Saviour
        2. Luke 15
          1. The lost sheep
          2. The lost coin
          3. The lost son
        3. Luke 16:19-31
  3. THE WAY TO THE CITIES OF REFUGE WAS CLEARLY REVEALED.  (Deuteronomy 19:3;         Joshua 20:7-9)
    1. The Lord Jesus Christ, the only Saviour, is clearly revealed in the scriptures.
      1. He is the Lamb of God.  (John 1:29; Genesis 40; Genesis 22:8; Exodus 12; Isaiah 53:7)
      2. He is the Door.  (John 10:9)
      3. He is the only way to Heaven.  (John 14:6; Acts 4:12)
  4. THE CITIES OF REFUGE WERE ACCESSIBLE TO ALL.  (Numbers 35:15)
    1. The Lord Jesus Christ is accessible to all men.  (2 Peter 3:9)
      1. Christ is accessible to the murderer.  (Acts 22:4,20; 1 Timothy 1:12)
      2. Christ is accessible to the religious.  (Acts 18:8; John 3:1-16)
      3. Christ is accessible to the idolater.  (Acts 19:18,19, 23-28)
      4. Christ is accessible to the blasphemer.  (Matthew 12; Mark 3:30; Job 16:17)
  5. THE CITIES OF REFUGE WERE TO BE ENTERED WITHOUT DELAY.  (Numbers 35:6, 10-12)
    1. The sinner should be saved without delay.
      1. Now is the accepted time of salvation.  (2 Corinthians 6:1,2; Isaiah 49:8)
      2. There is no assurance of tomorrow.  (Proverbs 27:1)
      3. Death comes suddenly.  (Proverbs 29:1)
  6. THE CITIES OF REFUGE WERE THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE GUILTY.  (Numbers 35:12; 24-28)
    1. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only refuge for sinners.
      1. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only refuge from the condemnation of sin.  (John 3:17-19)
      2. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only refuge from Hell.  (Luke 16:19-31)
      3. The Lord Jesus Christ is the only refuge from God’s wrath.  (1 Thessalonians 1:10John 3:36)
David Reagan

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 12:14

A man shall be satisfied with good by the fruit of his mouth: and the recompence of a man's hands shall be rendered unto him.