"Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced in the law." (Galatians 3:13 NLT)
The disobedient to God, His Word, and His commandments will live under this curse that came into the earth because of the disobedience of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. God gave Adam and Eve one commandment, and it was the violation of that one commandment that allowed sin and death to enter the world.
And of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou dost not eat of it, for in the day of thine eating of it -- dying thou dost die.' (Genesis 2:17 YLT)
The author of Young’s Hebrew and Greek Bible Concordance was also the author of the Young’s Literal Translation quoted above. Most translations say, "You will certainly die." In Hebrew mut t'mut (the phrase in question) is literally, "in dying you will die." It is death on every level and in every area of human existence. Nothing was left unaffected by the entrance of sin and death into this planet because of Adam and Eve’s disobedience.
So then, just as sin entered the world through one man and death through sin, and so death spread to all people because all sinned. (Romans 5:12 NET)
Betrayal of Adam opened the door for the entrance of sin and death. That sin and death was and is the curse that inhabits the earth.
And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life. (Genesis 3:17 KJV)
Genesis 3:17 is better translated in the God Speaks Today version: "The earth will be under curse because of you."
The New English Translation (NET) says: “Thanks to you.” God was speaking to Adam here! In other words, “Adam, it’s YOUR fault the earth has come under a curse!”
Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee. (Genesis 3:16 KJV)
Genesis 3:16 does not say in Hebrew "I will greatly multiply your sorrow" as though it was God's fault, but almost all English and Spanish translations translate it that way or in a similar manner. That was NOT a translation, but an opinion injected by most translators. Only two translations that I found agree with the Hebrew text:
Contemporary English Version: "You will suffer terribly when you give birth."
The Living Bible- "You will give birth to your children with intense pain and suffering."
In Hebrew transliteration and in translation it literally says:
"ha-ishah amar" – to the woman said
"har-bah ar-beh" - in (the) increase will increase
"itz-bonech" - your pain
So God was saying:
To the woman (He) said. "Your pain will greatly increase..."
That is a better translation. There was no mention of God saying "I will increase your pain."
When one combines Genesis 2:17 and 3:17 you begin to see that God is calling this death that would affect all people and all the earth—THE CURSE. The word "curse" describes all the activity of death in all areas of human life. Everything on earth came under this devastating curse. The curse came through the fault of Adam. It was neither God’s fault nor His plan.
Centuries later, we see how this truth was changed and it was no longer that the curse came because of what man did, but because God caused it and He was to blame for it!
He named him Noah, saying, “This one will bring us comfort from our labor and from the painful toil of our hands because of the ground that the Lord has cursed.” (Gen. 5:29 NET)
The earth groans until the day this curse is removed (Romans 8:21, 22).
When death and Hades are finally removed from all contact with human beings (Revelation 20:14) there will no longer be any more pain, weeping, or death (21:4), and no more curse (Revelation22:3).
All of this brings us to some important conclusions:
(1.) The curse cannot be God's will because, if it is His will, then why remove it?
(2.) The curse cannot be God's will because Jesus Christ redeemed us from it. Jesus came not to redeem us from something God was doing but from something the devil was doing. (1 John 3:8, Hebrews 2:14). Death is the enemy of God, of the earth, and of us (1 Cor. 15:26, 27). That is why it will finally and for eternity be removed from all contact with the new heavens and new earth and human beings.
(3.) The curse was the direct result of disobedience to God's commandment. It is associated with sin, disobedience, and rebellion. It is not for the righteous or those who serve God.
(4) This leads us to the conclusion that the curse cannot be God's work.
The devil is the murderer from the beginning (John8:44). Death was under the devil’s rule. (Hebrews 2:14). He is THE THIEF (John10:10). The devil is the killer. These curses cannot be God. Hurting, killing, and destroying are the enemy's work. It cannot be God who robs or steals. That would be a violation of His own commandment: "Do not steal." The destroyer and the exterminator are not God. (Revelation 9:11, 6:8) Hell follows death VERY closely. They are part of each other. They are inseparable. If you say "death" you talk about the work of hell. If you say "hell" you talk about the work of death.
Has anyone ever told you that God loves you and that He has a wonderful plan for your life? I have a real quick, but important question to ask you. If you were to die this very second, do you know for sure, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that you would go to Heaven?
Let me quickly share with you what the Holy Bible reads. It reads “for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God” and “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”. The Bible also reads, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved”. And you’re a “whosoever” right? Of course you are; all of us are.
I’m going to say a quick prayer for you. Lord, bless the person reading this and his/her family with long and healthy lives. Jesus, make Yourself real to him/her and do a quick work in his/her heart. If If you have not received Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, I pray you will do so now.
If you would like to receive the gift that God has for you today, say this after me with your heart and lips out loud.
"Dear Lord Jesus, come into my heart. Forgive me of my sin. Wash me and cleanse me. Set me free. Jesus, thank You that You died for me. I believe that You are risen from the dead and that You’re coming back again for me. Fill me with the Holy Spirit. Give me a passion for the lost, a hunger for the things of God and a holy boldness to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m saved; I’m born again, I’m forgiven and I’m on my way to Heaven because I have Jesus in my heart."
As a minister of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I tell you today that all of your sins are forgiven. Always remember to run to God and not from God because He loves you and has a great plan for your life.
Contact me and let me know you received Jesus as Lord and Savior!
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