READ: Numbers 35-36

THINK: Reread Numbers 35:9-15 without worrying about the specifics; just try to understand.

God wanted communities to try suspected murders justly in court, but he also planned asylum-cities as a refuge from would-be avengers until the trail could be held. Spend time thinking about the God who is  making himself known here. Jot down a few words to describe him.

PRAY: For a moment, set aside this passage. Check in with yourself – explore recent thoughts, feelings, and events in your life and how you’ve responded to them. What is the primarily on your heat today? Is anything troubling you?

Bring your thoughts to the God who created asylum-cities. Read those verses one more time. As you do, picture God entering the room. How do you relate to his presence? Share with him what you’ve been thinking, if you can. Does doing this make you uncomfortable? Why or why not?

LIVE: Think about what it’s been like for you to be with the God who is both a God of justice and a God of refuge. Has it left you with questions or with new thoughts on how you want tot deal with your sin – and the sin of others who may have hurt you – in the future?

– Adapted from Eugene Peterson in Solo

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