Joshua 20:6 “‘He shall dwell in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall return to his own city and to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’”
The cities of refuge idea was pretty cool. Back in the Old Testament days, if someone killed someone, their family was normally pretty quick to seek revenge. It didn’t matter if it was an accident or not. The accused would be hunted down and murdered for killing their family member.
The cities of refuge provided a safe place for the accused to state his innocence. The elders of that city would not allow him to be killed. But…there was one stipulation. The accused had to stay in the city until the death of the current high priest. That might be years! But the umbrella of protection was only good if they abided by the rules.
Children need to understand that the protection you provide them is only as good as their willingness to obey. If they refuse to listen to your guidance, they place themselves in harm’s way. You can only protect those who want to be protected.
I have seen far too many parents enable their rebellious children simply by continuing to bail them out of trouble. The problem with this is the trouble gets deeper and deeper. Teach your children the rewards of obedience and the consequences of disobedience. That’s biblical!
Are you suffering the pain of disobedience in your life right now? Turn back to the One who can provide you protection. He wants to defend you. He wants to give you refuge, but you must follow His commands. He cannot protect those who refuse to follow.