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Summary: Part 1 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. Dealing with God’s provision for the Moral integrity of His people.

YOUR MORAL PROVISION—I—Joshua 20:1-9

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.

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

Thru DESIGNATION(:1-2)

—Explanation:(:1-2)Appoint/Give/Allocate/In Place

“Then the LORD spoke to Joshua, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel, saying, ‘Designate the cities of refuge, of which I spoke to you through Moses,”

“Designate/Appoint out”—To separate set aside.

A people must see fit to apply God’s moral excellence in their society.

Give place to the concept.

Put faces with the names

Establish tangible means of expressing Virtue

—Laws—Enable/Free people to have virtue.

—Congress—Senate & House—Representatives must uphold Christian virtue.

—Churches—must be represented

Put in place a means of handling right behavior.

Overall Landscape made to support & encourage Virtue

—Argumentation:

Framers of our US Constitution/Christian virtue built-in & given place or definite structure/

—Illustration:

Associational church building construction on TAMA Indian reservation/Certain areas(foundation squares constructed strictly for the support of porch/Designation

Police dept./Designated for protection of citizens/1st Police dept. in New York—Charity work—Clean up of neighborhoods—Fix-it men/Moral Designation

—Application:

?You support DESIGNATIONS that establish virtue?

?Is Moral Excellence established thru you?

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

Thru REFUGE(:3)

—Explanation:(:3)Protection/Shelter//Immunity

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

“Refuge”

—Protect/Shelter/Immunity to the innocent—Life in God’s image is precious

—Incrimination of the malicious.

—Salvation Army—Churches—Food Pantry—Govt. Organizations—Lighthouse—

“Avenger of Blood”

—Designated by an authority to execute criminal.

Num. 35:19—“‘The blood avenger himself shall put the murderer to death; he shall put him to death when he meets him.”

Num. 35:27—“& the blood avenger finds him outside the border of his city of refuge, & the blood avenger kills the manslayer, he shall not be guilty of blood”

—Argumentation:

Ex. 23:7—““Keep far from a false charge, & do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty.”

Deut. 19:13—“You shall not pity him, but you shall purge the blood of the innocent from Israel, that it may go well with you.”

Jer. 19:3-7—“& say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah & inhabitants of Jerusalem: thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Behold I am about to bring a calamity upon this place, at which the ears of everyone that hears of it will tingle. “Because they have forsaken Me & have made this an alien place & have burned sacrifices in it to other gods that neither they nor their forefathers nor the kings of Judah had ever known, & because they have filled this place with the blood of the innocent & have built the high places of Baal to burn their sons in the fire as burnt offerings to Baal, a thing which I never commanded or spoke of, nor did it ever enter My mind; therefore, behold, days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when this place will no longer be called Topheth or the valley of Ben-hinnom, but rather the valley of Slaughter. “And I shall make void the counsel of Judah & Jerusalem in this place, & I shall cause them to fall by the sword before their enemies & by the hand of those who seek their life; & I shall give over their carcasses as food for the birds of the sky & the beasts of the earth.”

Ex. 22:22-24—“You shall not afflict any widow or orphan. “If you afflict him at all, & if he does cry out to Me, I will surely hear his cry; & My anger will be kindled, & I will kill you with the sword; & your wives shall become widows & your children fatherless.”

—Illustration:

Wildlife Refuge/Offers Sanctuary/Wildlife takes precedence

Clothes Pantry at Seminary/Suits/

Adoption services

—Application:

?You uphold the REFUGE for the innocent?

Adoption services/Safe houses/Indigent care/Food pantry/Clothes closet

?Is Virtue/Moral Excellence established thru you?

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

Thru PRORIETY(:4)

—Explanation:(:4,5) Right Channels/Procedure/

:4—“ ‘And he shall flee to one of these cities, & shall stand at the entrance of the gate of the city & state his case in the hearing of the elders of that city; & they shall take him into the city to them & give him a place, so that he may dwell among them.

: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.”

‘Propriety’—Behavior appropriate to honor God & man, under God’s graces.

a. “Stand at the entrance”—Where elders met—Aware of comings & goings of city.

b. “State his case”—Share the evnts bringing him there.

c. “Elders”—Hierarchy—Governors—Sheriff—Judges

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