The Lord provided safe places for the innocent in a death

Numbers Bible Background

03.05.2016 Old Testament: Num 35.9–15

To read the Bible in a year, read Numbers 34–36 on March 5, In the year of our Lord 2016

By Don Ruhl

The Lord knew that accidents would happen and people would die. He also knew that the relatives of the victim might not realize that it happened by accident and in rage, they might seek the death of the other party. Therefore, He had Israel set up cities of refuge, three on each side of the Jordan, and on each side, they would locate the cities in the North, the middle, and in the South,

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into the land of Canaan, then you shall appoint cities to be cities of refuge for you, that the manslayer who kills any person accidentally may flee there. They shall be cities of refuge for you from the avenger, that the manslayer may not die until he stands before the congregation in judgment. And of the cities which you give, you shall have six cities of refuge. You shall appoint three cities on this side of the Jordan, and three cities you shall appoint in the land of Canaan, which will be cities of refuge. These six cities shall be for refuge for the children of Israel, for the stranger, and for the sojourner among them, that anyone who kills a person accidentally may flee there” (Numbers 35.9–15).

The Lord thought of everything when He had the Holy Spirit move the various writers to give us the Bible. In the one Book of the Bible, He gave us every tool that we need to do any good work!


  • Do you believe in the sufficiency of the Scriptures to guide you into successful living?
  • Do you meditate daily in the Scriptures that you might have the thoughts of Spirit of God?

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