Lent day 21: Who is Hezron?
Luke 3:33 “the son of Hezron”
The name means ‘a walled stronghold’ and was indeed a walled town given to the tribe of Judah as their inheritance (Joshua 15:25).
Psalm 9:9 “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble”.
Psalm 59:16 “But I will sing of your strength, in the morning I will sing of your love; for you are my fortress, my refuge in times of trouble.”
Isaiah 25:4 “You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in their distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat. For the breath of the ruthless is like a storm driving against a wall.”
Christ is our stronghold. He is our walled town. A city of refuge. Numbers 35:6 shows how a person who was guilty of unintentional manslaughter would find refuge from the victim’s family trying to get blood for blood: “Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee.”
Christ is a refuge from the accusations that batter your life.
The accuser of your soul will keep trying to bring you to the court of justice before God.
He will not let go of your past. He has a record of every event in your life, underlines your failings, he highlights your sins. He reminds you of these things you want to forget. He is the accuser of the present: “Call yourself a Christian?!” He is the accuser of your future: “You’re a loser, a failure, you will never accomplish anything!”
But Jesus, is your refuge, He is your walled town, He is the Word of God who is living, active, sharper than any double-edged sword. His blood has freed us from all our sins (Rev 1:5).