One of the things God wanted etched into the minds of the Israelites; was the value of the spiritual leaders, and the importance of justice. Each tribe was to give up a part of their inheritance to house the cities for the Levites. The Levites were in charge of all the spiritual aspects of the different tribes. As the lineage of Moses and Aaron–they were to carry out the daily functions of worship and spiritual life that the Israelites needed. Interestingly enough, one of those functions was to house the cities of refuge. In the cities of refuge, a person that killed another unintentionally could be protected until such time that a determination was made; by an objective person, that the killing was either intentional or unintentional. This was a precursor to the modern justice system; and, it offered equal protection under the law no matter your race or social standing…sound familiar?
In our lives, we need to understand that God does not separate the spiritual from justice. Our lives are equal part civil and spiritual. We need to honor the people that minister to others. They sacrifice their rights to do whatever and be whatever, in order to give their lives to God. It happens in many forms, but, rest assured, that ministers deserve respect and gratitude. In terms of the spiritual aspect of law and justice, The justice system was founded in spiritual rule. Every great founding father agreed that our republic needed God to make it successful. Without our spiritual heritage, the laws and protections afforded by our system are reduced to some form of moral relativism that has proven, again and again, through history to be doomed to failure.
There really is only one way to live a full and meaningful life. It is to do as Peter said in 1 Peter 2:17, “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor the emperor.”
God Bless You
On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho, the Lord said to Moses,2 “Command the Israelites to give the Levites towns to live in from the inheritance the Israelites will possess. And give them pasture lands around the towns. 3 Then they will have towns to live in and pasturelands for the cattle they own and all their other animals.
4 “The pasture lands around the towns that you give the Levites will extend a thousand cubits[a]from the town wall. 5 Outside the town, measure two thousand cubits[b] on the east side, two thousand on the south side, two thousand on the west and two thousand on the north, with the town in the center. They will have this area as pastureland for the towns.
Cities of Refuge
6 “Six of the towns you give the Levites will be cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone may flee. In addition, give them forty-two other towns. 7 In all you must give the Levites forty-eight towns, together with their pasturelands. 8 The towns you give the Levites from the land the Israelites possess are to be given in proportion to the inheritance of each tribe: Take many towns from a tribe that has many, but few from one that has few.”
9 Then the Lord said to Moses: 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan, 11 select some towns to be your cities of refuge, to which a person who has killed someone accidentally may flee. 12 They will be places of refuge from the avenger, so that anyone accused of murder may not die before they stand trial before the assembly. 13 These six towns you give will be your cities of refuge. 14 Give three on this side of the Jordan and three in Canaan as cities of refuge. 15 These six towns will be a place of refuge for Israelites and for foreigners residing among them, so that anyone who has killed another accidentally can flee there.