““And this is the case of the manslayer who flees there, that he may live: Whoever kills his neighbor unintentionally, not having hated him in time past— as when a man goes to the woods with his neighbor to cut timber, and his hand swings a stroke with the ax to cut down the tree, and the head slips from the handle and strikes his neighbor so that he dies—he shall flee to one of these cities and live; lest the avenger of blood, while his anger is hot, pursue the manslayer and overtake him, because the way is long, and kill him, though he was not deserving of death, since he had not hated the victim in time past. Therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall separate three cities for yourself.’”
Deuteronomy 19:4-7 NKJV
Types and shadows. The Old Testament is historical example of the spiritual things to come. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden of Eden, I doubt they had any clue of the gravity of that moment when they disobeyed God. The ate of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil and they died. Far worse than their death, they killed all those who would come after them. Even worse than that, and probably the worse crime in history, they killed the Son of God, who was slain from the foundation of the world.
As I sojourn through God’s word, I find all the wonderful nuggets that the Lord has shared in His word. I read of the cities of refuge today, places set apart for those who are guilty of involuntary manslaughter. They did something that resulted in the death of another. They had no intent to kill, but someone died anyway. Man’s angry flesh pleads for recompense, and many a person has been the victim of vengeance, as the avenger of blood acts.
We, like Adam and Eve, are guilty of involuntary manslaughter. Jesus went to the cross to pay for our sins. Before Adam and Eve were created, it was determined that the Son would die for ours sins, as we are the offspring of sinners. God, being omniscient, knew they were going to disobey and had the remedy.
In our disobedience to God, we have earned death as our wage.
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23 NKJV
“But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
Romans 5:8-9 NKJV
Through Jesus Christ we are saved from the wrath of the Manslayer, the Avenger of Blood, who is God the Father. The very act of manslaughter, for which we are guilty, has become our salvation as Jesus has become our City of Refuge. In salvation, we are saved from the wrath to come. Glory to the King!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
John 3:16 NKJV
Oh what a mystery!
Brothers and sisters, we are surrounded by people who are bearing the blood guilt of their sin, who will die and go to hell. They need to know about Jesus, the victim/Savior, who paid for their sins. They need to hear that they can know that their sins can be forgiven.
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!””
Romans 10:14-15 NKJV
Jesus is our city of refuge, our place of safety from the wrath of God. It is an eternal place of refuge, unlike the earthly type. In the historical city of refuge, the person fleeing there was safe as long as the high priest remained alive. We have an eternal High Priest on the order of Melchizedek, who never dies.
“So also Christ did not glorify Himself to become High Priest, but it was He who said to Him: “You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.” As He also says in another place: “You are a priest forever According to the order of Melchizedek”; who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
Hebrews 5:5-8 NKJV
Let us go forth and share the Good News of forgiveness, of the our God and King Jesus, of eternity in Heaven, and His soon coming return!
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