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Summary: 3 of ? The children of Israel were to dedicate the city of Jericho to the LORD. God’s people are to wholly devote themselves & their world to the Lord. But how are we to do that? Dedicating you & your world to the Lord recalls/demands...

DEDICATING/DEDICATION-III—Joshua 6:15-27

The Task Of Dedication

Attention:

Chick-Fil-A Is Politically Incorrect

Nov. 27, 2018

LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) -- Students at a private university in New Jersey can eat more chicken, as long as it's not Chick-fil-A.

Rider University removed the restaurant from a survey of dining options "based on the company's record, widely perceived to be in opposition to the LGBTQ community." The fast-food chain was included in previous surveys.

Chick-fil-A says it has supported Christian values. Its corporate purpose is "to glorify God by being a faithful steward of all that is entrusted to us."

Rider says it understands some may view the decision as a "form of exclusion." But, the school says it wanted to be "faithful to our values of inclusion."

The university plans to hold a campus forum so that all voices can be heard.

Chick-fil-A has not returned a message seeking comment.

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We must remember that what we do, we do by & for the Lord God who has graced us with salvation by faith in Christ...

...We DEDICATE our lives & our surroundings to Him!

2Cor. 10:3-6—“For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments & every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, & being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.”

The children of Israel were to dedicate the entire city of Jericho—inanimate & animate—to the LORD.

Israel began the conquest of Canaan with the dedication of Jericho to the Lord.

God’s people are to begin God-given tasks by wholly devoting them to the Lord.

How are we to devote/dedicate ourselves, our ministries, & our world to the Lord?

Some Recollections toward fully dedicating ourselves to the Lord.

Previously we’ve found that Dedicating you & your world to the Lord recalls/demands...

1. OWNERSHIP(:17a)

2. DEPENDENCY(:17b, 22-23, 25)

3—Dedicating you & your world to the Lord recalls/demands...

Personal PURITY(:18a)

Explanation:(:18a)Personal/Sacrifice of self towards a commitment.

:18a—“And you, by all means abstain from the accursed things, lest you become accursed when you take of the accursed things, & make the camp of Israel a curse, & trouble it.”

This exhortation/reminder/warning was told them for fear(lest) that some of the Israelites would be tempted by a desire for the possessions of the pagan citizens of Jericho.

They had to be stoked to set/focus their minds & hearts on annihilation of all the inhabitants as well as the dedication of certain material things to the treasury of the Lord(:19).

“Abstain from”:

IF the individuals of Israel did not choose to “abstain”, or keep away from, or treat the “accursed things” as “the accursed things”, then there would be a negative result.

“Lest you become accursed”:

cf.-Ex. 13:2, 11-13

Ex. 13:2—“Consecrate to Me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of Israel, both of man & beast; it is Mine.”.....“And it shall be, when the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore to you & your fathers, & gives it to you, “that you shall set apart to the LORD all that open the womb, that is, every firstborn that comes from an animal which you have; the males shall be the LORD’S. But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; & if you will not redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And all the firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.

Remember who you are—What you’re responsible for, & what will ruin that standing before God & others who need God.

“By All Means/In Any Wise/Only”—qr rak—Adverb—1) Only, altogether, surely—1a) Only, 1b) Only, nought but, altogether(in limitation), 1c) Save, except(after a negative), 1d) Only, altogether, surely(with an affirmative), 1e) If only, provided only(prefixed for emphasis), 1f) Only, exclusively(for emphasis). Strong—properly--Leanness, i.e. figuratively--Limitation; only adverbial--Merely, or conjunctional--Although. Used 16X.?Same as—qr rak; —Adj.—Thin, Lean, Emaciated(as if flattened out).

“Abstain from/Keep from/Keep Away from”—rmv shaw-mar’—Qal Imperative—1) To keep, guard, observe, give heed; 1a) (Qal)--1a1) To keep, have charge of, 1a2) To keep, guard, keep watch & ward, protect, save life—1a2a) Watch, watchman(participle), 1a3) To watch for, wait for, 1a4) To watch, observe, 1a5) To keep, retain, treasure up(in memory), 1a6) To keep(within bounds), restrain, 1a7) To observe, celebrate, keep(sabbath or covenant or commands), perform(vow), 1a8) To keep, preserve, protect, 1a9) To keep, reserve. Strong—a primitive root; properly--To hedge about(as with thorns), i.e. Guard; generally--To protect, attend to, etc..

“Accursed Things/The Ban &--A Curse”2X(See :17)—Mrx che’-rem OR--(Zech. 14:11)Mrx cheh’-rem—Noun Masc.—1) A thing devoted, thing dedicated, ban, devotion; 2) A net, thing perforated; 3) Have been utterly destroyed, (appointed to) utter destruction. Strong—physical(as shutting in)--A net(either literally or figuratively); usually a doomed object; abstractly--Extermination. Used 38X.?From—Mrx khaw-ram'; a primitive root; To seclude; specifically(by a ban)--To devote to religious uses(especially destruction); physical & reflexive--To be blunt as to the nose.

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