This is the rule concerning anyone who kills a person and flees there for safety—anyone who kills a neighbor unintentionally, without malice aforethought. For instance, a man may go into the forest with his neighbor to cut wood, and as he swings his ax to fell a tree, the head may fly off and hit his neighbor and kill him. That man may flee to one of these cities and save his life. Otherwise, the avenger of blood might pursue him in a rage, overtake him if the distance is too great, and kill him even though he is not deserving of death, since he did it to his neighbor without malice aforethought. Deuteronomy 19:4-6

The difference between sin and transgression is illustrated through this commandment.

The world itself is well aware that certain crimes deserve to be tried under certain mitigating circumstances. Indeed, crimes committed with or without premeditation, deliberately or unintentionally cannot be judged on an equal footing. In the case of a fault committed in a non-deliberate manner, the penalty is more lenient and instead of a prison sentence, we generally get away with a fine in order to compensate the victim.

If we are already in the Messiah, and have the Holy Spirit, the meaning for us is this: We can make mistakes and we will break the law. Although forgiveness still applies in all cases when it comes up against our will. When we transgress a rule that we do not yet know, or that has not yet been engraved on our hearts, the grace of the Messiah continues to take place in the life of his already born-again disciples.

I will explain why it can happen that those who are born again continue to live with such burdens in a later teaching entitled: Spiritual Malformations.

It also happens that for reasons beyond our control, we still remain partially under foreign domination and the spirit thus bound in us still manages to deceive and tempt us in order to make us stumble. These areas of our spirit which are not yet entirely under the rule of the Messiah must precisely be revealed by these transgressions. The fault is the signal that a transfer of power here or there must still take place as soon as possible so that our sanctification goes on.

The Messiah himself is our city of refuge. He protects us from the consequences of any transgression we commit in ignorance or immaturity. We indeed often find that we make mistakes, but we do not suffer the consequences, apart from the pain that comes from recognizing these mistakes.

However, going against laws we already know, thereby consciously returning to a state of sin from which the Savior has already once delivered us, can lead to the loss of salvation.

So do not rebel any longer against the action of the Holy Spirit who does nothing but revive the Commandments in our heart so that they can no longer judge us and thus lead us to death.

Let’s stop saying, “God is love”, for He (Elohim) is Love indeed, but He is also Righteousness, and He is above all HOLY.

We cannot separate the attributes of Yahuwah, especially in order to highlight one according to what seems most sympathetic to us and ignore or even downright silence and deny the rest. Let us remember that this Righteousness and Holiness are in perfect harmony with the entirety of His Word, of which are part the Commandments that Yeshua, the Word who became flesh, has fulfilled and not abolished on the Cross.

Let us also remember that nowhere in the New Testament did the apostles ever proclaim the Gospel by beginning their speech with “God” is love, but rather with “repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near”. Each of their ministry began by unveiling sin and the divine wrath that results from sin in order to break the hardened hearts of sinners so that they could ask for forgiveness and receive Grace. It is only at this very precise stage that Love, Mercy and Forgiveness were also preached to them.

As long as we tell sinners that Jesus loves us as we are and that he is with us, sinners will remain in their sins and continue their lives idolizing the distorted image of a false human shaped Jesus and will never meet the true Messiah Yahushua.

Again, let’s avoid taking biblical verses out of context, but let’s try to get the whole picture of the Word, even if we like some passages less than others. Otherwise, the gospel that we would announce would be false.

He must stay there until the death of the high priest

Nous pouvons lire la meme loi dans un autre livre de la Torah, mais avec quelques éléments supplémentaires :

The assembly must protect the one accused of murder from the avenger of blood and send the accused back to the city of refuge to which they fled. The accused must stay there until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the holy oil. “ ‘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. Numbers 35:25-28

What does this mean for us today in the Body of Messiah? Until the death of which high priest should we seek asylum for our sins in the spiritual sense today?

Until our lives have been placed in his hands, until our sins have been blotted out, that is, until we have fully accepted the blood shed by the high priest Yahushua, who died on the cross for us, for the forgiveness of our sins, the avenger will hunt us down and will always have the right to demand our death.

In Old Testament times, it was probably necessary to wait for the death of the high priest because it was the symbol of renewal, of a new era where people’s past fell into oblivion in the eyes of the new High Priest. Because indeed, a high priest according to the order of Aaron, being only a man, is thus incapable of forgetting, of making a clean slate and would always have remembered the sin of the sinner and thus would not have been able to accept his subsequent sacrifices with complete impartiality and purity of soul. The heir to the priesthood does not necessarily remember the incidents that occurred during the service of his predecessor.

But this aspect of the law does not actually interest us. It is useless to speculate and seek explanations on the reasons and logic of this request in the context of the time in which it was formulated, since we are no longer under the priesthood of Aaron.

The death of our High Priest according to the order of Melckishedek is the pledge of our own life. In his resurrection we are also born again and through his ascension to heaven we receive the Comforter, His Spirit, Ruach HaKodesh, who Himself uses us as His tools, in order to be able to attack the principalities of darkness which until there demanded our death.

From here on, we are the ones having authority and the right of judgment over them and not the opposite. Thus we are charged by Yahushua in person to cast out even demons by calling on His Name.

This is why it is important to take seriously, accept and stick to this right, or this city of refuge, that is, to accept the Grace that Yeshua offers to everyone. Because, as we read in the conclusion of this law, whoever resists and gets out of it, will be caught and executed by the avenger of blood.

Once again, we are faced with a good harsh Jewish law that seems completely outdated and meaningless as far as we are concerned today. However, on the contrary – and like all the other mitzvahs and the Commandments of the Torah – it is indeed applied in the lives of the disciples and is thus fulfilled in Yeshua HaMashiah as He promised us.

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