Cities of Refuge

Mark your location on a wall map of the world with a wet erase marker (if the map is laminated) or a map pin.

Ask each child to mark their favorite place to visit, longest trip taken, etc.

After each child has placed a mark on the world map, ask if anyone can locate the lands described in the Bible.

Use a wet erase marker to draw a square around the lands of the Bible.

Tape up a map of the Bible lands and explain that this map is an enlargement of the square you drew on the world map.  We use a laminated map from Rose Publishing titled "The Holy Land."

Use a Bible drill to familiarize the students with the cities of refuge.  Give the students the Bible reference.  First one to find the verse reads the passage and marks the location on the map.

City of Refuge.  If an Israelite or any foreigner living among the Israelites killed a person accidentally, that person could go to a city of refuge and not be killed by someone seeking revenge for the accidental killing.  Joshua 20.  The cities of refuge are as follows.

Kedesh - Joshua 20:7.
Shechem - Joshua 20:7.
Kiriath Arba (Hebron) - Joshua 20:7.
Bezer - Joshua 20:8.  On the map, Bezer would be located east of Mt. Nebo.
Ramoth - Joshua 20:8.
Golan - Joshua 20:8.

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