Yesterday, we read about the cities of refuge for someone who killed a person unintentionally. They went to the city of refuge and had a trial. If he was found guilty of murder they executed him. If it was proven an accident, he lived – but could not leave the city of refuge until the death of the high priest. (That could be 50 years or more!)
If he left the city of refuge, a family member of the deceased could kill him. They would not be found guilty of murder because they were avenging the blood of their relative. The man-slayer was only safe in the city of refuge.
Today, when one is found guilty of manslaughter, they still may spend time in jail. Does that mean God has forgotten them?
“No! He goes with them!”
Deuteronomy 1:29-31, “Then I said to you, ‘Do not be terrified, or afraid of them. The Lord your God who goes before you, He shall fight for you, just as all that He did for you in Egypt before your eyes, and in the wilderness, where you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a man carries his son, in all the way that you went, until you come to this place.’ ” Modern English Version
When the children of Israel went to fight the Canaanites, God went ahead of them. God goes before us; He fights for us, and He carries us all the way.