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I just need to read Joshua 7 better !
wish he would just come back here and help me out !!
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aka White Wings
Kherem (Kharam) - Joshua 7
JOSHUA 7:12b ". . . they turn their backs and run because they have been made liable to destruction. I will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction."
JOS 7:13 "Go, consecrate the people. Tell them, `Consecrate yourselves in preparation for tomorrow; for this is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: That which is devoted is among you, O Israel. You cannot stand against your enemies until you remove it."
on the city after it is burned (6:26). The actions of Achan[troubler ], then, are a clear indictment against him. He has disobeyed (rebelled), he has become 'impure,' he has robbed God, not to mention his greed and placing himself above his community. In effect, he has become accursed.
This setting brings us to 7:12 where the Israelites have become "liable to destruction." The kherem has become kherem for the Israelites. They have become contaminated by the impurity. The destruction of the 'devoted things' has become the destruction of the people. This is the reason for God's words to Joshua that he "will not be with you anymore unless you destroy whatever among you is devoted to destruction" or ". . . destroy the accursed from among you." This 'accursed' would have to include not only those items themselves, but also the perpetrator who has become accursed with them.
Joshua 7, There is assuredly sin in our congregations (as I am sure there were other sins in the Israelite camp). However, there is an exceptional (extraordinary) nature to the 'devoted things' that must be purified and purged from our midst lest we be "liable to destruction." The kherem we tolerate or perpetuate in our congregations will become, for us, kherem – our own self-destruction.