“Now if the Lord your God enlarges your territory, as He swore to your fathers, and gives you the land which He promised to give to your fathers,
and if you keep all these commandments and do them, which I command you today, to love the Lord your God and to walk always in His ways, then you shall add three more cities for yourself besides these three,
lest innocent blood be shed in the midst of your land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance, and thus bloodguiltiness be upon you.” Deuteronomy 19:8-10

These verses were dealing with the cities of refuge, where those who had accidentally killed someone could go. We see God’s desire to add even more such cities, so innocent blood might not be shed.

Oh Lord, may our hearts be turned toward the innocent, those who need protection and care. We do not forget the innocent blood You shed for us all, redeeming us from our guilt and shame, becoming our own City of Refuge. And here’s a simple poem . . .

An Inheritance

This land is special
at the center of His heart
prepared and given
set aside and apart
to not be like any other
where life is profaned
but the bearer of His promise
His love and His name.


  1. dear Deb, I love the way you wrote this; it is a beautiful reminder of the heart of Jesus. I know He has justice as part of His nature as well. I wonder what it will all look like-really-when we meet Him face to face. What will justice and love and life look like when we no longer see through a glass darkly and when the world is untainted again? I just wonder.

  2. Deb,

    This post reminded me of How caring the Lord is. He is forever mindful of all of the situations in which we might find ourselves.


  3. Thank you, Deb.

    This is a beautiful poem … 🙂 and thank you for such a beautiful prayer.

    Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1 :27
    Praying what we offer will be acceptable to Him. May our hearts also hold a word of kindness and peace for those who run to us in distress.


  4. Deb, I love that you pointed out that Jesus is our City of Refuge. Sometimes it seems that our nature is so sinful that we can easily sin “accidentally” and then we need Him as our City of Refuge to run to for protection from the wrath of a just God. Your poem is so deep today, I had to read it several times. I pondered what “this land” is, and I think it is our own hearts, which He has set aside as His own. Peace, Linda

  5. Hi Debbie,

    All this is like a picture of how God is our Refuge, our Fortress, and our Rock of Sure Defense…. We cannot be hasty in passing judgment and are not to be taking revenge…. And yet, there was to be a trial held to determine the facts…. God still wanted a fair judgment in every trial….

    We are all guilty, but Jesus took all the punishment of our sins upon Himself — the innocent Lamb of God…. As guilty as we are, our sins are all fully paid for…. We are only asked to believe and repent…. It’s a beautiful and marvelous love that should change our lives.


  6. Somehow, your comment has me in tears, Angel. So often I too am grasped with the knowledge that I just am not grasping fully what He is and intends. God bless you and the way you see and act upon His heart for us.

  7. Oh, I agree dear woman of the Word. 🙂 He cares so much, loves us, and knows that life is going to get messy at times. I love that He provides a way . . .always gives us a way.
    God bless you as He tenderly cares for you today!

  8. Ann full of grace, how perfect that verse is to go with this. Thank you! It becomes too easy to think the worst of everyone.
    God bless you and your heart for Him today!

  9. I love you deepening my simple stuff . . .going further into Jesus as our refuge. 🙂 And, I like what you got out of the poem too! I wrote it with the actually land of Israel itself in mind . .. but that’s what’s great about poetry. It can be interpreted differently by each one who reads it.
    God bless you as He sets you aside for Himself!

  10. What a great look at God as our refuge and protector, Margaret! And also as our Savior. Yes indeed, His is the kind of love that changes lives and hearts forever!
    God bless you and the life you live for Him!

  11. “…where life is profaned…”
    When I read that line I thought of our culture of violence, child abuses, domestic assaults, abortions, the over-sexualization of young girls…the list just seems to go on and on. In every instance, life is profaned. Maybe it is because I live in Southern California, where so much of this takes place. Maybe I thought of the years I worked in the Victim Services Division of the District Attorney’s office and daily saw the effects of life being profaned. Thankfully, we have a place of refuge, where we will never be profaned in the Lord’s presence.
    Love, Barbee
    (aka “Bee”)

  12. Oops. typo in last line, should be “Lord’s presence” sorry!

  13. Fixed it! 🙂 You are so right. We don’t even blink an eye any more at it. It’s so common place. Profane is like normal. God bless you and the life you live for Him! You helped me see today how much we are still called to be different and how important that is.

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