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Christ Is Our Refuge (12 of 12)
Dr. Stan Coffey
The book of Joshua talks about the victorious Christian life. You know, all of us need a refuge. We need a refuge from an accusing conscience; we need a refuge from sin; we need a refuge from the storms and the cares of life; we need a refuge and a place of safety where we can go when we need strength and help. This wonderful passage of scripture tells us that Jesus Christ is our refuge. You know, all the Bible is about Jesus. Somebody said there are four gospels. No, there are 66 gospels. All of the Bible is about the Lord Jesus Christ. If you'll look carefully in the Bible, you'll find Jesus on every page standing there in shadow or in type or in symbol. Somebody says, "Well, the book of Joshua is a book of history." No, it's not a book of history; it is His story. It's about Him. All of it is about Him. So this passage is about Him, and it shows us how Jesus is our refuge. Now you need a refuge, and the Bible very clearly tells us that you have a refuge in Him. The Psalmist said, "The Lord is my refuge." Joshua 20:1: "The Lord also spake unto Joshua, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge, whereof I spake unto you by the hand of Moses: that the slayer that killeth any person unawares and unwittingly may flee thither: and they shall be your refuge from the avenger of blood." I want you to notice the cities of refuge, because they are a picture of Jesus Christ; they are a type and a prophecy of Jesus Christ. I want you to notice the nature of these cities, and then we'll read about the names of these cities, and finally the nearness of these cities.
First of all, the nature of these cities. The Bible says, "The Lord spake unto Joshua, saying, 'Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Appoint out for you cities of refuge." Now why would people need a city of refuge? Why would a person need a place of sanctuary or a city that ...
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