So I was reading in Numbers today and I came across a super interesting passage about a law regarding Cities of Refuge. Now, in the Old Testament, when the Israelites were planning out who would get what territories in the Promised Land of Canaan, the Levites were only allowed to have cities. This is because their inheritance was that they were called to the office of the priesthood and would have the Lord as their inheritance. (Numbers 18:20) And among these cities that the Levites were given, some of them were designated to be ‘cities of refuge’. Now these cities of refuge were places where if a person had commited manslaughter by accidently killing someone then they had a place to stay where they would be safe. And the reason they needed a place to be safe is because if someone was murdered, there would be someone who would avenge them by killing the murderer. This person would be called the avenger of blood. Now, while I was reading this passage, I felt the Holy Spirit showing me that there is a connection between the Jesus and the Avenger of Blood. So let’s take a look at that.
These six cities shall be for refuge for the sons of Israel, and for the alien and for the sojourner among them; that anyone who kills a person unintentionally may flee there. ‘But if he struck him down with an iron object, so that he died, he is a murderer; the murderer shall surely be put to death.Numbers 35:15-16 NASB1995
The Law of the Cities of Refuge states that if a person kills someone unintentionally, they may flee to the city of refuge, but if he is a murderer then he must be put to death.
The blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him. If he pushed him of hatred, or threw something at him lying in wait and as a result he died, or if he struck him down with his hand in enmity, and as a result he died, the one who struck him shall surely be put to death, he is a murderer; the blood avenger shall put the murderer to death when he meets him.Numbers 35:19-21 NASB1995
And not only that, but the blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death. Now we know that the mortal enemy of Mankind is Satan. And we know that Jesus himself tells us that Satan is a murderer and a liar.
You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.John 8:44 NASB1995
Satan is the ultimate murderer and he is going to be held accountable for what he has done. And the good news is that humanity has a blood avenger, and that person is Jesus Christ. He is the one who has come to avenge the blood of the innocent and destroy the murderer. And our Blood Avenger Himself shall destroy Satan once and for all.
having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. When He had disarmed the rulers and authorities, He made a public display of them, having triumphed over them through Him.Colossians 2:14-15 NASB1995
And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.Revelation 20:10 NASB1995