Monday January 25, 2020
Text: Deuteronomy 19:1-21
Theme: The Avenger of blood
Who is the avenger of blood? This is the person, usually a close relative of the deceased, who seeks justice for the murder of his relative. There is always an outcry against unjust death. Whenever someone dies under suspicious circumstances, our natural reaction is to call on God to avenge their death.
God is not ignorant of such demands. Therefore, in his wisdom and justice, he makes room for the escape of one who perpetrated an unintended murder. We must appreciate God’s wisdom in this because nobody is above mistake. So, to avoid killing someone for a wrong that was not intentional, God asks for provision of a city of refuge that one can run to and be safe.
The avenger of blood is like Satan the devil. He is the accuser of the brethren. He accuses us day and night before God even for sin we committed unintentionally. However, Jesus is our city of refuge. He is the strong tower into which we can run and be safe. This is why we must not waste time to own up to our sins before God and confess them as soon as the holy spirit convicts us.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins he is faithful and just to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
The “if” puts a conditionality on the forgiveness. Confession must come first. Just as the manslayer realises his mistake and runs, so we must run to Jesus to avoid any room for Satanic accusations and manipulations.
On the contrary, for a premeditated murder, there is no such privilege. Justice must be done so that the land will be cleansed of blood guiltiness. The sacredness of blood will never allow anyone who sheds it intentionally to go free. Evil men, politicians, ritualists and young ladies who continuously spill innocent blood for money, power, convenience and fame should beware; God will require every innocent blood you have spilled in your hand.