Sermon: Refuge from the Avenger (Joshua 20–21)
In this passage, we see that God had invested everything in the Levites being his representatives, as the special priestly class of Ancient Israel, and that he was especially concerned with their pursuit of justice and faithfulness in the land. And yet they failed him. What does he do in response: that is the repeated story of God and his people–he is faithful, even when we are not.
He doesn’t anymore call a subset of the people to pursue justice & faithfulness in the land: he calls all of us to that. We are called to be faithful in the spheres in which we operate: whether it be at home, at work, with our neighbors, with our larger community. And the power and the ability to do the work comes through the saving work of that one man, Jesus: a new priest, from the tribe of Judah, whose priesthood endures forever.