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Places Of Safety

Places Of Safety

06 July 2009

Scripture:

8 Gilead is a city of sinners, tracked with footprints of blood. 9 Its citizens are bands of robbers, lying in ambush for their victims. Gangs of priests murder travelers along the road to Shechem and practice every kind of sin. (Hosea 6:8-9 NLT)

Hosea confronted the sin of Gilead whose citizens lay in ambush to rob their victims along the road and Shechem where the priests murdered innocent travelers as they approached the city.

Gilead was the site of Ramoth, designated by Moses as a city of refuge, where the fugitive could flee and be safe until justice was served. Shechem was a city of refuge on the west bank set apart by Joshua as a place of safety and justice.

Now Hosea characterized both these cities of refuge - Places of Safety - as places where the very people who had been called by God to create the safe environment for the fugitive were the greatest threat.

Lately I've thought a lot about "Sanctuary" and Places of Safety…
• "Where everybody knows your name. And they're always glad you came."
• Love, acceptance, and forgiveness.
• Grace. Gracious. Graceful.
• Mercy and Truth. Honesty and Safety.
• The unspoken question most everyone is asking is, “Can I trust you?”
• It’s scary to risk trust. When trusting proves safe it brings peace and rest.

How does a family, a friendship, a church become a Place of Safety?

Prayer:

Father, May my family be a Place of Safety for each of us and for those you bring into our network of relationships. May I be a Safe Person, one who never betrays trust and confidence. May my church be the Safest Place in Town for the fearful, the wounded, and the weary. Amen.

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