Finally a scripture portion without genealogies!!! Unfortunately, it is a real estate listing.
I much prefer genealogies, although plotting the real estate of individuals and families is an important part of genealogy, too. This was particularly important in post-exilic Israel when property was passed down through the generations according to tribal affiliation. Perhaps even more important, the end of this chapter records the cities and suburbs assigned to the various branches of the Levites, including the cities of refuge.
Does this passage teach anything about Jesus?
- Yes! The cities of refuge are a picture of the sanctuary that the sinner has when he runs to Jesus for refuge from the accuser! The accused person was kept safely in the city until the death of the high priest then the person was free to go. Since Jesus is our High Priest it is His death that covers our sins. (See Joshua chapter 20.)