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Joshua 20 Justice Mercy Forgiveness Justice Is to do with retribution & punishment Is blind in its purest form Is to do with ‘cause & effect’ Has evolved.

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2 Joshua 20 Justice Mercy Forgiveness

3 Justice Is to do with retribution & punishment Is blind in its purest form Is to do with ‘cause & effect’ Has evolved over the millennia

4 Mercy Is an amelioration of justice Can only come from one who is in a place of power Is received by one who is vulnerable Is undeserved by the standards of justice

5 Forgiveness Is a 2 way thing Can be asked for or can be offered Sometimes conditions may be required to complete the ‘business’ Brings together Justice & Mercy Is a powerful means of reconciliation

6 The Cities of Refuge Six in all i.e. one for each 2 tribes Spread out through the land Had to be signposted ‘Refuge’ The access road had to be twice the width of an ordinary road—32 cubits (16 yards) instead of 8 yards The road surface had to be smooth & even

7 The Cities of Refuge— What they were for: For manslaughter To allow time for the case to be examined properly To allow mercy to be shown Possibly death of High Priest = atonement

8 The Cities of Refuge— What they were not for: Murder—premeditated, hate-filled killing —Glencoe was ‘murder under trust’ Minor offences

9 The Prodigal Son… …or The Forgiving Father & The Unforgiving Brother Justice—The son had lost his inheritance, but the brother demanded more (as Jewish law required) Mercy—The father was willing to let mercy triumph over judgement (Micah 6 v 8) Forgiveness—The father was willing to offer forgiveness &, in humility, to entreat the brother to do the same

10 Legacies You can:— Hang on to your demand for justice or Be willing to offer mercy or Forgive & be reconciled There is a city of refuge for each of us to set us free from the burden of bitterness & pain


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