The penalty for murder goes back to the days of Noah. (Genesis 9:5-6)
It is because of the the issue of sanctity of life that the death penalty was established.
“Avenger” means “next of kin.”
Cities of refuge were set up for those causing deaths with extenuating circumstances.
2. Mercy Doesn't Remove Consequences. (6)
Anyone found outside the city of refuge could still be legally put to death.
When the high priest died, the person was free to leave.
3. Mercy is Always Significant. (7-9)
The God of absolute justice can do nothing less than to punish sin.
The God of mercy desires that His creation be given a chance to escape the punishment it deserves.
(II Corinthians 5:21)
The Church of today is a city of refuge.
To be a city of refuge means that we reach out to people who are sinners and love them where they are.
God gives second chances!