Guilty of unintentional murder

Posted: July 29, 2010 in Me and God, The Bible

We all make mistakes: some bigger than others. I am writing this entry as I fly at 30,000ft over the east coast after a long long wait at Washington DC airport. While we waited and dealt with frustration due to delayed flights, I saw on the news a segment about a teenager involved in the murder of a friend. It was obvious that this teenager wasn’t a murderer but now is guilty at least of involuntary man slaughter.

Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to be guilty of killing someone involuntarily? A DUI gone wrong (not that any DUI can go right..) or a traffic accident? Horrible! How can you live the rest of your life knowing this?

A glimpse to history to make a point:

Well, I was thinking: In the Bible, in the Old Testament, there were certain laws laid out for the Israelites in regards to this matter. If someone killed another person accidentally (What we call man slaughter) the next-of-kin to the victim would have the right to go after the killer and vengeance the death of the relative. The accused killer on the other hand, would have the possibility of immediately flee to a “refuge city” and hide there. The runaway would be safe from the avenger as long as he was inside the refuge city. If he got out, then the avenger could kill him. Now, this wouldn’t be forever; the runaway would be free from the avenger and free from guilt as soon as the current high priest in Jerusalem died

A glimpse to present:

What does this law to the Israelites have to do with you and me? Question: Was the death of Jesus intentional or an accident? A plausible answer would be: intentional; The Bible tells us that He died for our sins. That would make you and me guilty of Jesus’ death –as murderers. On the other hands, we can make the case that we are guilty of involuntarily slaughter based on what Jesus said: “forgive them for they know not what they do”. If the latter is the case, as we would all be guilty of man slaughter -the death of Jesus Christ. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether a Christian or a jew or an atheist, whether you know it or not ou are guilty because Jesus went to the cross to pay for your sin. ..

and if we apply the principle from the Old Testament:

We can run -all of us, anyone, whosoever, to the refuge city: That would be Jesus –our refuge. And, as many passages in scripture tell us, as long as we are in Him, we are saved from the wrath of God and no guilt is accounted against us. Even more interesting, in the same way that the death of the high priest in Jerusalem would set the runaway free, also the death of our High Priest Jesus, set us free from all of the guilt and sins accounted against us.

The name of the LORD is a strong tower;
the righteous run to it and are safe. – Proverbs 18:10


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