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Summary: Part 2 of a 2 part sermon. The 3rd installment in the 5-sermon series describing God’s Provision for the people of Israel as it applies to His Church today. This installment deals with God’s provision for the Moral integrity of His people.

YOUR MORAL PROVISION—II—Joshua 20:1-9

A little boy was attending his first wedding.

After the service his cousin asked him, "How many women can a man marry?"

"Sixteen(16)", was his prompt reply.

"How do u know that?" asked the cousin.

"Easy," the little boy said. "All you have to do is add it up."

Preacher said, "4 better, 4 worse, 4 richer, 4 poorer!"

The boys were setting themselves up for moral corruption.

God’s people must be morally pure.

God established Cities of Refuge within Israel.

God insured that the moral uprightness of His people was established.

How is virtue established in God’s people?

Virtue/Moral excellence is established among God’s people.

4—Virtue/Moral excellence is established among God’s people...

Thru PRINCIPLE(:3, 5, 6)

—Explanation:(:3, 5, 6)

:3—“that the manslayer who kills any person unintentionally, without premeditation, may flee there, & they shall become your refuge from the avenger of blood.”

“Kills”—Life is precious to God

Gen. 9:5-6—““And surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it. And from every man, from every man’s brother I will require the life of man. “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed, For in the image of God He made man.”

“Unintentional”—Not on purpose

“Premeditation”—Plotted & planned beforehand

“Avenger of Blood”—Officially sanctioned/recognized

:5—“‘Now if the avenger of blood pursues him, then they shall not deliver the manslayer into his hand, because he struck his neighbor without premeditation & did not hate him beforehand.”

“If the avenger pursues”—Possible Avanger would not!

“They shall not deliver”—Protection against wrongful murder

“Hate”—Self-justification

:6—“ ‘And he shall dwell in that city until he stands before the congregation for judgment, until the death of the one who is high priest in those days. Then the manslayer shall return to his own city & to his own house, to the city from which he fled.’””

“until the death of ... high priest”

Self-imposed imprisonment upon the mere touching of sin to show its utter sinfulness.

‘partly because the public grief for the loss of so public a person was likely to assuage the private griefs & passions of men,...

The death of the Type of Christ (the true High Priest) is the only mean whereby sins are pardoned, & sinners are set at liberty.

“Then the manslayer shall return”—To his rightful place! In full fellowship with both God & man

—Argumentation:

Ps. 119:15—“I will meditate on Thy precepts, And regard Thy ways.”

Ps. 119:27—“Make me understand the way of Thy precepts, So I will meditate on Thy wonders.”

Ps. 119:45—“And I will walk at liberty, For I seek Thy precepts.”

Ps. 119:104—“From Thy precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.”

Mat. 15:8-9—“‘THIS PEOPLE HONORS ME WITH THEIR LIPS, BUT THEIR HEART IS FAR AWAY FROM ME. ‘BUT IN VAIN DO THEY WORSHIP ME, TEACHING AS DOCTRINES THE PRECEPTS OF MEN.’””

Col. 2:8—“See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy & empty deception, according to the tradition of men, according to the elementary principles of the world, rather than according to Christ.”

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