Behold, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse:
A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day;
And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
But where do you find Christ pictured in the book of Deuteronomy? Ada Habershon, in The Study of Types, lists 67 types and 13 contrasts between Moses and Christ. The Lord Jesus is seen in a twofold way in the book of Deuteronomy: by prophecy and by type.
These words of Moses are recorded in Deuteronomy 18:15, ''The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him ye shall hearken.'' After the Lord Jesus fed the 5,000 in Galilee, the people said, ''This is of a truth that prophet that should come into the world'' (John 6:14).
Shortly before the stones were hurled that crushed out the life of Stephen, that godly believer [quoted Moses] about Jesus. ''This is that Moses who said unto the children of Israel, A Prophet shall the Lord, your God, raise up unto you of your brethren, like me; Him shall ye hear'' (Acts 7:37). Stephen indicated that Jesus Christ is the One of whom Moses spoke.
What a wonderful picture of Christ's work! All mankind stands guilty. The avenger is on our trail, for ''the wages of sin is death.'' We need a hiding place.
The cities of refuge were evenly placed thoughout the land. Therefore, if a slayer fell into the hands of the avenger, it was not because a provision had not been made. But he had to make the choice to flee. Those cities were of Divine appointment, and the moment the slayer crossed the threshold, he was safe. The avenger might brandish his sword at the gate, but he could not get in. The offender was tried by judges inside the city. Likewise, the believing sinner will not be tried by the world. We are judged in the courts of heaven.
The one who fled for refuge was allowed to stay until the death of the high priest. We have a High Priest who lives forever; therefore, we are eternally safe. The avenger can never lay his threatening sword upon us.