The Revenger of Blood.

Num 35:19

The Revenger of Blood.

This expression only occurs in Numbers 35, where we find it six times.

The Heb is ga’al which is normally used of a near Kinsman or redeemer.

It means to redeem & is translated as redeemer in Job 19:25; Psa 19:14; Psa 78:35 etc.

It is translated as “avenger of blood” in Deu 19:6; Deu 19:12; Jos 20:3; Jos 20:5. In slaying the murderer, the Avenger of Blood fulfilled the law given to Noah.

Gen 9:6 Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.

It also has the meaning of next of Kin. Thus it refers to a near Kinsman with the right to redeem.

It occurs ten times in the book of Ruth, her near Kinsman [ ga’al] was unable to redeem.

Ruth 4:6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

Ruth 4:8 Therefore the kinsman said unto Boaz, Buy it for thee. So he drew off his shoe.

Thus Boaz was able to act the part of Ruth??s near Kinsman & became her redeemer.

Ruth 4:14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel.

The redeemer of blood was then the next of Kin who had the right to avenge the murder of his close kinsman.



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