DOCTRINE OF CHEREM
Dr. Grant C. Richison
Cherem is an act of banning.
It always suggests separation or devoting to God.
As “holy” kadosh=consecrated to the service of Jehovah
–not used for secular purposes
-devoting to Jehovah anything which would, if spared, corrupt Israel from God’s norms
-It also has the further idea of destroying or exterminating as the surest way of avoiding such contamination.
EVERY THING THAT MIGHT PAGANIZED ISRAEL WAS BANNED:
Idols – Deuteronomy 7:26
Idolatrous persons – Exodus 22:20
Idolatrous cities – Deuteronomy 13:13 – 18
All Canaanite towns – Deuteronomy 20:16-18
Not personal revenge.
Not to gain plunder for all plunder was regarded as cherem.
Not done for military glory for they were a small nation and could not have done it on their own.
No reward for merit, a rebellious people.
Extermination was a security against idolatry.
Genesis 15:18: they filled the measure of their iniquity.