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What is a life worth?
We live in a world where it seems that life is cheap. How often do we see needless killing reported on our news? How much does...What is a life worth?
We live in a world where it seems that life is cheap. How often do we see needless killing reported on our news? How much does God value a human life?
Bible passage: Deuteronomy 19:1–14
Cities of Refuge
1 When the LORD your God has destroyed the nations whose land he is giving you, and when you have driven them out and settled in their towns and houses, 2 then set aside for yourselves three cities centrally located in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess. 3 Build roads to them and divide into three parts the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, so that anyone who kills a man may flee there.
4 This is the rule concerning the man who kills another and flees there to save his life—one who kills his neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought. 5 For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life. 6 Otherwise, the avenger of blood might pursue him in a rage, overtake him if the distance is too great, and kill him even though he is not deserving of death, since he did it to his neighbor without malice aforethought. 7 This is why I command you to set aside for yourselves three cities.
8 If the LORD your God enlarges your territory, as he promised on oath to your forefathers, and gives you the whole land he promised them, 9 because you carefully follow all these laws I command you today—to love the LORD your God and to walk always in his ways—then you are to set aside three more cities. 10 Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the LORD your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed.
11 But if a man hates his neighbor and lies in wait for him, assaults and kills him, and then flees to one of these cities, 12 the elders of his town shall send for him, bring him back from the city, and hand him over to the avenger of blood to die. 13 Show him no pity. You must purge from Israel the guilt of shedding innocent blood, so that it may go well with you.
14 Do not move your neighbor's boundary stone set up by your predecessors in the inheritance you receive in the land the LORD your God is giving you to possess.
God’s value on human life
Unlike the bloodthirsty nations around them, Israel were to be a nation that reflected God’s value on human life.
Cities of refuge
To that end, God gave them instructions to set up three cities of refuge on the other side of the Jordan. God also told them to set up three more in the land, and if they ended up with the full land God had promised to Abraham, then they would need a further three (see vs 8–10, and also Numbers 35).
Place of safety
The city of refuge concept feels foreign to us, but it was fairly simple. If someone accidentally killed someone, perhaps in a work accident, then the city of refuge was a place of safety to prevent the killed person’s relative (the avenger of blood) from killing someone who was innocent of murder. God wanted murderers to be punished, but God did not want innocent people caught up in overzealous justice.
Protected from punishment
When we think of our situation, we are guilty and deserve to be punished, but we can run to Jesus and be protected from punishment. What’s more, since our high priest has died (see Numbers 35:25), we are living in freedom!
God had set a boundary to protect life: ‘You shall not murder’ (Deut 5:17). What is to be done when this boundary is breached? Some foundational principles of modern legal and judicial systems are evident in today’s passage.
Because God placed a high value on human life, he decreed that anyone who intentionally takes a life must pay with his life (Gen 9:6). Because life is so highly valued, he also made elaborate provisions to protect the innocent (vs 3,9) (Num 35:9–12). Ancient Israel had no police force, so an ‘avenger of blood’ (vs 6,12) – the closest male relative – was responsible for safeguarding the family property, name and honour. In ancient societies, blood revenge was the norm. God-ordained respect for life is strikingly different from a sinful desire for revenge. The avenger’s actions had to be tempered by caution and directed by justice. He could not act hastily or hatefully (v 6); nor might he proceed on his own authority, but only as empowered by a duly constituted jury of elders (v 12). He could not initiate revenge, but served as an instrument of justice, responsible for executing the sentence of an impartial court, but only after a fair trial (Num 35:12).
The passage makes the vital distinction between unintentional killing (involuntary or constructive manslaughter) – where the emphasis is on protecting the innocent (vs 4–10) – and premeditated or intentional killing (murder), where the focus is on ensuring that justice is done (vs 11–13). In both instances, the killer is entitled to flee to a city of refuge and is presumed innocent until proven guilty – a principle that continues to be upheld today, both as a legal right and as an internationally recognize human right. Justice demands both that due process is followed (Deut 19:12–19; Num 35:9–34) and that the guilty are punished (v 13).
Prayerfully reflect on Genesis 9:5 and 6, Numbers 35, Deuteronomy 19, Joshua 20:1–9 and Romans 13:1–4. How do these passages shape your views on the issue of capital punishment? Show more
When a Christian says the law is done away with because of Jesus they are not embracing the cross they are doing away with His sacrifice. His death...When a Christian says the law is done away with because of Jesus they are not embracing the cross they are doing away with His sacrifice. His death does not give you a free pass, it gives you the right to be forgiven when you do break those laws. Show more
It's a testimony to the grace and power of God. It's a clear sign to all who are willing to see that God is at work in them. It makes it clear that...It's a testimony to the grace and power of God. It's a clear sign to all who are willing to see that God is at work in them. It makes it clear that the great power they have for work in the Kingdom comes from God, not from themselves. (II Corinthians 4:7) After all, if they had the power themselves, then wouldn't they use it to keep themselves from ever being knocked down in the first place?
Today, you're knocked down, but tomorrow is another day. Get ready for the power of God to lift you up. Get ready to rise up more powerful than ever before. Show more
The key to forgiveness is that we must be willing to forgive as well. The way Jesus phrases His prayer tells us just this. We shouldn't ask for...The key to forgiveness is that we must be willing to forgive as well. The way Jesus phrases His prayer tells us just this. We shouldn't ask for forgiveness if we continue to hold something against another person. If we are willing to forgive others indicates whether we desire to be forgiven and deserve to be forgiven. Before we ask God to forgive us, we must be willing to let go of the hurt and pain that others may have caused us and forgive them. Then we can boldly and honestly go before the throne of God to and ask for forgiveness for the things that we have done wrong. You will also find yourself praying for those that have wronged you. When you do this peace in your life will flow like a river!
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Only the Best Information
Can any harm come from finding out about the future? Surely such things as horoscopes and seances are just a bit of fun?...Only the Best Information
Can any harm come from finding out about the future? Surely such things as horoscopes and seances are just a bit of fun? Absolutely not! God has a much better plan…
Bible passage: Deuteronomy 18:9–22
9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12 Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God.
14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. 15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16 For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”
17 The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19 I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20 But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”
21 You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.
Humans in every culture have always been fascinated by the idea of information ‘from beyond’. God was clear that they were not to indulge in any of the fortune-telling practices of the nations around them (vs 9–14). These practices sought to manipulate the gods and the future. There was witchcraft, fortune-telling, consulting the dead. God put a big ‘Forbidden!’ sign across them all.
So, did God want his people to have access to information from the spiritual realm? Actually, yes he did. However, he wanted them to get their information from a trustworthy source that would not lead them astray. From verse 15 we find the description of the great prophet God would send. This coming prophet, like Moses, would be sent by God; he would be Jewish; he would speak God’s words – God wanted them to hear him (vs 15,18).
As a protection mechanism, God ordered Israel to kill any false prophets that came to them. A false prophet promotes another god or makes predictions that do not come true. We are not expected to kill false prophets today, but be sure not to listen to them!
Studying the Canaanites
Don’t copy the Canaanites!
The discovery in 1929 of the ancient city of Ugarit has given us a great deal of information on the Canaanites. Sacred texts describing mythology and religious practices have been translated. These amplify the (inevitably) negative picture from the Old Testament as we hear the Canaanites themselves describe their spiritual values.
Everything mentioned in verses 10 and 11 amounts to the same thing: foretelling the future in one way or another. The Canaanites:
• sacrificed animals in order to examine the liver
• read omens in the birth of malformed foetuses (animal and human)
• practiced a form of astrology
• consulted the dead
• mixed oil and water to interpret the resulting patterns
• consulted oracles
These things were regarded as ‘detestable’, not simply because they were repulsive. To practice any of these things is to declare implicitly that one did not really trust in Yahweh, the God of the Israelites.
The NRSV provides the alternative translation ‘make a son or daughter pass through the fire’ for verse 10. The Hebrew implies ‘sacrifice’, but the texts from Ugarit never mention child sacrifice. Though we do not know what it meant to make someone ‘pass through the fire’, we suspect this was also a method of foretelling the future, like the other things mentioned in these verses. Show more
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