“But if the accused ever goes outside the limits of the city of refuge to which they fled and the avenger of blood finds them outside the city, the avenger of blood may kill the accused without being guilty of murder. The accused must stay in the city of refuge until the death of the high priest; only after the death of the high priest may they return to their own property.”
The cities of refuge were places for those people who accidentally killed someone to flee to so they would not have to face someone who wanted revenge. Their on-going security depended on them staying in that city, possibly remote from family and friends. After the death of the High Priest, they were free from any guilt.
Just consider what freedom the death of the one who has become our High Priest has accomplished. We were guilty of so much and deserved death, but we will never face God’s wrath. We can come into his presence, the one we offended, boldly, because of the blood of the Lord Jesus shed at Calvary.
Daily Reading: 1 Peter 2
Bible in One Year: 2 Thessalonians 3; Isaiah 29-30; Psalm 119 1-32