The Six Cities Of Refuge
Numbers 35; Joshua 20:1-9
If a man committed involuntary manslaughter in Israel he found himself in a dangerous position. The next of kin to the slain person was obliged to take up arms against him and put him to death. This person was known as "the revenger of blood." He had the full sanction of the Law behind him. But what of the man who had committed the crime? It was unpremeditated. It was an accident. The Law provided for him six cities of refuge scattered at convenient locations throughout the land. He could flee to one of those and there he would be safe from the avenger. The Law required that he remain in such a city until the death of the high priest, at which time the Law annulled his offense and he could go free. These cities, and their names, typify for us the salvation we have in Christ, and other blessings we have in Him besides.