Jesus – Our City Of Refuge

Below are notes to a sermon preached Sunday evening, April 17, 2005, at Gospel Light Baptist Church, Albany, Georgia. For more outlines, including zipped files of outlines from previous years, click on the link at the bottom of this note, and go to our website:


By Michael D. O’Neal
Pastor, Gospel Light Baptist Church
Albany, Georgia

Scripture Reading: Num. 35:6-8

Text: Num. 35:6

Numbers 35:6 And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities.

Introduction: Join me tonight in once again looking for our Savior in the Old Testament. He said that we should be able to find Him:

John 5:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

We are in the book of Numbers, and it is one of the five books of Moses. Let us remember that Jesus said of Moses’ books:

John 5:46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me: for he wrote of me.

Tonight I want to show you some ways in which the cities of refuge are a prophetic picture, called a “type” by Bible students, of our Lord Jesus Christ.

I. THE SIXES (Notice the cities
in verse SIX:)

Numbers 35:6 And among the cities which ye shall give unto the Levites there shall be six cities for refuge, which ye shall appoint for the manslayer, that he may flee thither: and to them ye shall add forty and two cities.

A. The association
1. Six is often associated
with man (see our lessons on
this subject)
2. God became MAN to save us
(Jn. 1:1,14)
3. Six is one short of 7, which
is associated with completion
or perfection. This reminds us
of man’s sinfulness even at his
best. He has come SHORT (Rom. 6:23)

B. The appointment
1. These SIX cities were APPOINTED
for a MANslayer.
2. Man has an appointment with
death (Heb. 9:27)

C. The addition
1. 42 cities were added (Num. 35:6)
2. Six were not enough
3. Seven more groups of six were
4. Seven is the number of completion,
perfection, or the Lord’s number.
5. One six of man plus seven sixes of
the Lord equals eight sixes, and
eight is the number of a new
beginning. Add a ruined sinner to
a redeeming Savior and you get a
regenerated saint!

Now notice


Numbers 35:11 Then ye shall appoint you cities to be cities of refuge for you; that the slayer may flee thither, which killeth any person at unawares.

A. The ignorance he possessed
1. “unawares”
2. We slew Jesus by our sins even
if we didn’t realize it

B. The indignation against him
1. By the family
2. By the father
3. We slew the Father’s Son!

C. The immediate danger he faced
1. “may FLEE”
2. The danger of judgment
3. The danger of revenge
4. Flee to Christ, sinner friend!
5. Come NOW to Jesus!
6. You are one breath, one step,
and one heartbeat from HELL!

but God provided:


Numbers 35:15 These six cities shall be a refuge, both for the children of Israel, and for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them: that every one that killeth any person unawares may flee thither.

The manslayer was protected

A. By the location he chose
1. IN the city
2. Security is IN Christ
(2 Cor. 5:17)

B. By the law God gave
1. We are secure by God’s
divine decree
2. We are as safe as the
word of God is divine

Finally, observe

(The manslayer was to stay in the city until the death of the high priest)

Numbers 35:25 And the congregation shall deliver the slayer out of the hand of the revenger of blood, and the congregation shall restore him to the city of his refuge, whither he was fled: and he shall abide in it unto the death of the high priest, which was anointed with the holy oil.

A. Notice the priest
1. Our priest is JESUS

B. Notice the protection
1. The life of the high priest
guaranteed the life of the
2. The resurrection of Christ
was essential to salvation

C. Notice the permanence
1. He was secure as long as the
high priest lived
2. Heb. 7:25
3. Secure forever!
4. Saved to the uttermost!
5. Hallelujah!


Michael D. O’Neal (Proverbs 11:30), Pastor,
Gospel Light Baptist Church 
P.O. Box 3071 (237 Lockett Station Road),
Albany, GA 31706
(229) 432-0039 (church) / (229) 698-2127 (parsonage)
*Scriptures in my notes are from the Authorized Version 1611 -KJV- and are used by permission of the Author – Ephesians. 6:17*
“Come Alive In 2005”

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