Deuteronomy 19:8-10 (JDV)
Deuteronomy 19:8 If Yahveh your God enlarges your territory as he swore to your fathers, and gives you all the land he promised to give them –
Deuteronomy 19:9 provided you watch every one of these commands I am commanding you today and follow them, loving Yahveh your God and walking in his ways at all times – you are to add three more cities to these three.
Deuteronomy 19:10 In this way, innocent blood will not be shed, and you will not become guilty of bloodshed in the land Yahveh your God is giving you as an inheritance.
The larger the covenant community gets, the more need there will be for cities of refuge. The purpose for these places of self-imposed exile is to protect innocent lives. God will hold the entire community responsible for not valuing the lives of the innocent. He wants his people to protect those who are in danger and cannot protect themselves.
Our unborn cannot flee to cities of refuge — places where they can be safe from those who want to destroy them simply because they are not convenient. Our laws and courts are on the side of the predators. Our communities have become guilty of bloodshed by neglecting the innocent who are their prey.
Lord, show us how to protect our innocent from those who seek to destroy them.