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Cursed!

Webster’s Dictionary gives fifteen possible definitions of the word ‘curse.’  Fifteen! Sometimes it is a noun, sometimes a verb.  A curse is an expression of a wish that misfortune, evil, doom would befall someone; a formula or charm intended to cause such misfortune to another; a profane or obscene word, especially as used in anger.  You get the idea.

The Bible uses the word as well – over 100 times. And in the Book, it means just what you would expect: to afflict, to vilify, to swear, to vow or make an oath, to stab with words, to doom, to bind under a curse.  Generally, the name of some deity was coupled with such imprecations, e.g., Goliath.

“And the Philistine (Goliath) came on and drew near unto David; and the man that bare the shield went before him. And when the Philistine looked about, and saw David, he disdained him: for he was but a youth, and ruddy, and of a fair countenance. And the Philistine said unto David, Am I a dog, that thou comest to me with staves? And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.” 1 Samuel 17:41-43.

You have discovered this truth as well. When someone has cursed you or you have cursed someone, a deity, a god, has been invited into the mix.  In our humanity we are unable to make good on a curse, so we call on whatever god there may be to carry out our desire. This fits a quote I didn’t try to memorize nearly fifty years ago, but just stuck in my head. ‘Vulgarity is the vain effort of a feeble mind to express itself forcibly.’

I have some bad news for you, though you cannot carry out your wish of doom onto someone without divine intervention, it has already taken place upon you.

“For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:10-11.

You and I have proven over and over again we cannot perfectly keep the law of God and the result is this, ‘the wages of sin is death.’ The curse of the law of God is the law of sin and death. You and I stand before a holy God condemned, cursed.

But there is also Good News… “Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” Galatians 3:13-14.

The blessing of Abraham is the righteousness of God that he received by faith. That same righteousness has come upon the Jewish people and Gentiles alike through faith in the One Who was made a curse for you when He was hung on a tree, i.e., the cross. He paid the full price of that curse which condemned you and left you without hope. To come out from under the curse, you must be justified before a holy God.  Justification, to be declared righteous, is not by works of righteousness which we have attempted to do, but by the mercy and grace of God offered to all Who will receive Christ as Savior.  This is Good News!

Think about it.

One more thing… The Resurrection of Jesus from the dead is proof that the price was paid in full.  Believe it!