Cities Of Refuge

Israel had no police force, only the Elders/Congregation of a City, Temple Guards and the avenger(s) of blood.  When a person was killed accidentally then there was a place that the killer could go where there was refuge as safety from being killed by the avenger of blood family members.

In Joshua 20, Joshua, as instructed by Moses, told people of Israel there was a place to go and they were specific cities designated.  Joshua 20:2-3 " (2) Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, 'Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses, (3) that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, and they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood."

In the following versus, we learn the accidental killer must state reasons for innocence to the Elders at the City so that no one would deliver the killer to the avenger(s) of blood.  Read this chapter to understand the whole principle. 

In Joshua 20:6 "And he shall remain in that city until he has stood before the congregation for judgment, until the death of him who is high priest at the time. Then the manslayer may return to his own town and his own home, to the town from which he fled."  This is a picture analogy of Jesus the Christ who is our High Priest (and King) where Jesus paid the price for our sins which include murder, theft, adultery, etc and His death freed us. 

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