Saturday, October 2, 2010

NIPTO, Day 237

I took a practice PSAT. Did... better than last time. By like... 16 points? A pretty big improvement, but still not where I want it to be...

And that's all I've done so far. I'm sitting with a shivering dog next to me. Because she got a hair cut yesterday. And my parents haven't turned on the heat yet. (Hence shivering dog... and my cold feet! Literally.)
So we sit and shiver. And I blog... or figure out what to blog about.
Okay. After looking at the rest of Joshua, I'm skipping chapters 14-19 and chapter 21. They're all about who gets what land. And that's not really relevant to what I usually blog about! And I might skip some more... we'll see.

Cue about... 11 hours passing! (About 12 pm to 11pm)

Eh Ler and Ehne Thau came over and we at lunch, Mom and Eh Ler worked on OGT stuff, Ehne Thau and I played the memory matching game, picked out a movie, and then we watched Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I took a shower... annnd got ready... annd played piano for a bit? ... got ready some more... got my apple! Dried some dishes, and went to the Fall Extravaganza party at The620!
It was fun. I got there... and helped put some stuff out.. played air hocky with Ricky, Ashley, and Jessica... danced, played Uno with Meghan, Ashley, Jessica, and Ricky... danced some more... made caramel apples, watched The Goonies and ate pizza... played charades (and lost D= ), had a dance off, and cleaned up. It was a good time. :)

I had fun. And now I am very tired. And would kinda like to go to bed. BUT I told myself I would blog (NIPTO, not just... blog.) every. day. Soooooo here I am.

Joshua 20:1-9 (GO!)
1 Then the LORD said to Joshua: 2 "Tell the Israelites to designate the cities of refuge, as I instructed you through Moses, 3so that anyone who kills a person accidentally and unintentionally may flee there and find protection from the avenger of blood.

This is interesante to me (Bad Spanish. I know.)
God commanded them to create cities as refuges for anyone who accidentally killed someone else. They could go there and they would be protected.\

4 "When he flees to one of these cities, he is to stand in the entrance of the city gate and state his case before the elders of that city. Then they are to admit him into their city and give him a place to live with them. 5 If the avenger of blood pursues him, they must not surrender the one accused, because he killed his neighbor unintentionally and without malice aforethought. 6 He is to stay in that city until he has stood trial before the assembly and until the death of the high priest who is serving at that time. Then he may go back to his own home in the town from which he fled."

There were rules that were set up for when this person fled to the city. They were supposed to stand at the gate of the city and tell the elders why they were there. The elders were obligated to give them a place to live as the city they lived in was a designated city for refugees. 

If the "avenger of blood" came after the person, they were not supposed to surrender them. Because what he did was an accident. 

The refugee was to stay in that city until he had had a proper trial and until the high priest who was serving at the time died. 

Then he would be allowed to go back to his home town. 

 7 So they set apart Kedesh in Galilee in the hill country of Naphtali, Shechem in the hill country of Ephraim, and Kiriath Arba (that is, Hebron) in the hill country of Judah. 8 
On the east side of the Jordan of Jericho they designated Bezer in the desert on the plateau in the tribe of Reuben, Ramoth in Gilead in the tribe of Gad, and Golan in Bashan in the tribe of Manasseh. 9 Any of the Israelites or any alien living among them who killed someone accidentally could flee to these designated cities and not be killed by the avenger of blood prior to standing trial before the assembly.

These were the cities that they designated in the different areas. Anyone who accidentally killed someone else could go to one of these cities and be safe. 
It's an interesting concept that we don't really have today. Because we have a judicial system who can find someone guilty or not guilty. 
But I still find it fascinating!

And now, here's a video. A song. An awesome amazing song that I forgot that I loved!

Goodnight now!

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