April 26, 2014

Today you should read: Deuteronomy 21:1-23

Jesus Became A Curse…

To be cursed in the biblical sense carried with it an idea of shame.  It was the idea of a penalty being laid upon you. Deuteronomy 28:15-19 says,

“But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you.  Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field.  Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock.  Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out.”

This idea of being cursed not only described a person’s current situation, it described his or her future.  It became a person’s identity.  Noah decided the fate of one of his sons in Genesis 9:24-27,

When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”  He also said, “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Shem; and let Canaan be his servant.  May God enlarge Japheth,and let him dwell in the tents of Shem, and let Canaan be his servant.”

Ultimately, the most powerful idea of a curse that we see in Scripture is in the account where everything changed (Genesis, chapter 3).  One of the curses is seen here being laid upon the serpent in Genesis 3:14,

“The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life.”

Even in our culture, to “curse” is to speak in an ill manner about something, which reflects badly on you and about the thing you’re talking about.

Today’s “Walk-a-Way”

Ultimately we have only looked at the surface of what it means and what it meant to be cursed.  And the curse above all curses is to be cursed by God.

Well, in our passage today we see regulations regarding various concepts, but at the end we see a half of a sentence that has enormous implications.  Verse 23 says,

“…for anyone who is hung (on a tree)is cursed in the sight of God.”

Jesus, the Son of God, who is God and was with God, who has all might, authority, power, and credentials became a curse.  He hung on a tree and became a curse that we might be redeemed from the curse of the law (Gal 3:13).  With all that comes with the idea of being cursed, especially by God, Jesus chose to continue and follow through with the plan to become a curse in our place.  Because of our sin, we deserved to be the ones eternally cursed.  We brought the curse upon ourselves by the nature of how the law works.  We broke it, we deserved to pay the penalty of it, yet in his loving kindness Jesus decided to leave his throne and become the ultimate curse in our place.

Praise Jesus today for becoming a curse in your place.  Because He was cursed, we are blessed.

Posted :Sam Cirrincione

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Author: cpclexington

Lexington & Richmond KY

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