Torah, Deuteronomy 19:02 – 19:03: You shall separate three cities for yourself in the midst of your land, which the Lord, your God, is giving you to possess. Prepare the road for yourself and divide into three parts the boundary of your land, which the Lord, your God, is giving you as an inheritance, and it will be for every killer to flee there.
We are talking about a person who committed manslaughter. He didn’t plan and execute it; everything happened inadvertently and came from the upper governance. The Creator set him up.
There is a difference in whether a person knew about it in advance and agreed to it.
Of course, the Creator controls everything. However, we need to distinguish clearly whether the crime happened according to the will of a person or not. Suppose, I was building a balcony on the tenth floor strictly according to the calculations, but it collapsed and killed someone. Did I do it deliberately? No. Should I go to jail now? It seems that yes, I should.
However, there is no prison in the Torah. Prisons are not a correction! We see that people, who leave prisons, are even worse criminals and terrorists. Therefore, a person who committed manslaughter should go to a city of refuge.
Three cities were built for such people. It indicates a certain governance of the Creator who wants to separate them from others. This way the Creator draws His line through them. A person should live in this city without the right to get out of it. If he violates this condition, he can be killed.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 9/7/16