accept no ransom
devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2368
Num 35:26 But if the killer will at any time go beyond the boundaries of his city of refuge to which he ran away,
Num 35:27 and the avenger of blood finds him outside the boundaries of his city of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the killer, he will not be guilty of blood.
Num 35:28 Because he must remain in his city of refuge until the death of the high priest, but after the death of the high priest the killer may return to the land of his possession.
Num 35:29 And these things will be for a prescription and rule for you throughout your generations in all your staying places.
Num 35:30 “If anyone kills a soul, the murderer will be put to death on the evidence of witnesses. But no person will be put to death on the testimony of one witness.
Num 35:31 Moreover, you will accept no ransom for the soul of a murderer, who is guilty of death, but he will be put to death.
Num 35:32 And you will accept no ransom for him who has ran away to his city of refuge, that he may return to stay in the land before the death of the high priest.
Num 35:33 You will not pollute the land in which you live, because blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
Num 35:34 You will not defile the land in which you live, in the midst of which I stay, because I Yahveh stay in the midst of the people of Israel.”
accept no ransom
There are two cases indicated in this instruction which are exceptions to the rules about purchasing ransom for a criminal. The person convicted of premeditated murder had to be executed, and could not be ransomed. The person guilty of unintentional killing could not be ransomed and return to his original residence.
Both of these rules are designed to prevent feuding. When family targets family in an unending cycle of hate and murder, the land becomes polluted. God wanted his promised land to be filled with families who respected each other.
LORD, show us how extend our love, forgiveness and respect beyond our immediate families.