the congregation will rescue
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2367
Num 35:9 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 35:10 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan,
Num 35:11 then you will select cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the killer who strikes down any soul inadvertently may escape there.
Num 35:12 The cities will be for you a refuge from the avenger, that the killer may not die until he stands in the sight of the congregation for judgment.
Num 35:13 And the cities that you give will be your six cities of refuge.
Num 35:14 You will give three cities beyond the Jordan, and three cities in the land of Canaan, to be cities of refuge.
Num 35:15 These six cities will be for refuge for the people of Israel, and for the foreign guest and for the temporary resident among them, that anyone who strikes down any soul inadvertently may escape there.
Num 35:16 “But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer. The murderer will be put to death.
Num 35:17 And if he struck him down with a stone tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer will be put to death.
Num 35:18 Or if he struck him down with a wooden tool that could cause death, and he died, he is a murderer. The murderer will be put to death.
Num 35:19 The avenger of blood will himself put the murderer to death; when he meets him, he will put him to death.
Num 35:20 And if he pushed him out of hatred or hurled something at him, lying in wait, so that he died,
Num 35:21 or in animosity struck him down with his hand, so that he died, then he who struck the blow will be put to death. He is a murderer. The avenger of blood will put the murderer to death when he meets him.
Num 35:22 “But if he pushed him suddenly without animosity, or hurled anything on him without lying in wait
Num 35:23 or used a stone that could cause death, and without seeing him dropped it on him, so that he died, though he was not his enemy and did not seek his harm,
Num 35:24 then the congregation will judge between the killer and the avenger of blood, in accordance with these rules.
Num 35:25 And the congregation will rescue the killer from the hand of the avenger of blood, and the congregation will restore him to his city of refuge to which he had escaped, and he will live in it until the death of the high priest who was anointed with the holy oil.
the congregation will rescue
God had given his people the wisdom and insight they needed to rescue those who made terrible mistakes, leading to the death of someone. God wanted the congregation to intervene in these circumstances, judge between the killer and the avenger of blood, and rescue the innocent. Instead of giving license to vengeance, God set up a system of protection.
Why would God entrust people with such power? He has given us the ability to discern right from wrong.
LORD, thank you for the wisdom you have given us. Help us to see opportunities of using that wisdom to rescue others.