This passage of scripture is all about the justice of God and how He is honoring the promises He made to Israel. Have you ever just sat back and thought about how just God truly is? It is easy to sit around and look at our world and the chaos that is in it and think about how bad it is. To those who do not know Christ, they would look at everything and say that a good and loving God wouldn’t let these things happen. But for the one who follows Christ we know that is not the case. We look at God and see that man disobeyed Him, and because of that there had to be punishment. Separation from God and the sin that causes that is to blame for chaos and destruction. God is faithful and just.
In this passage the creation of the cities of refuge. They are places where you are guaranteed judicial due process. So your side will be heard. The passage gives the example of the manslayer and the avenger of blood. This refers to a person who unintentionally or without premeditation took another’s life. The avenger of blood is the kinsman-redeemer who is responsible for putting to death the manslayer. So the person would have no trial, instead they would just be killed. The cities of refuge are made for the opportunity for justice and not vengeance. God desires justice for both the innocent and the guilty.
Isn’t that so true for us today? We are all guilty of sin. We are all separated from God, and yet we are offered refuge. We can come to Jesus and He goes a step farther for us, because He stands on trial in our place and takes our punishment. God is still completely just because the punishment is paid.
Today take some time to praise God that He is just.
Today thank God that He is also gracious and merciful.
Today thank God that He is worthy of our trust, and that He always fulfills His promises.
By: Dakota Gragg