Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” Galatians 3:13
Regardless of where a person is from, no one likes to have a curse upon them. Everyone likes to have blessings and favor, not condemnation.
In every nation, state or city around the world there are rules to be followed. Most people are willing to follow most of those rules, because not following them brings judgment. They strive to live the ‘good’ life of a ‘good’ person.
In talking about faith and the law, Paul points out that Christ became a curse to redeem people when He died upon the cross.
God made the law so that every person would know and understand what He desires. Part of the law was that if one part of it was broken, not followed, then that person must die.
This is where the curse of the law comes in. No one is able to perfectly obey the entire law his entire life. With this occurring, every person was cursed to die because each one broke the law.
Knowing that this was to occur, God had already planned to send a redeemer, one to pay the price for breaking the law. At the perfect time, God sent Jesus to live on this earth while perfectly obeying the law, then to die upon a cross to pay for the sins of every person for breaking the law.
According to God’s law in Deuteronomy 21:23, Jesus was cursed by God when He hung upon the cross. As Jesus became that curse, everyone who chooses to believe in Him would be released from that curse. All sins would be wiped away forever, giving the believer eternal life.
Just as everyone else has sinned against God by breaking one of His laws, you also have sinned. Doing this has caused you to be cursed with death as punishment. Nothing you can do can change that curse, other than believing in what Jesus did for you.
Hanging on the cross, Jesus paid the price for your sins to remove the curse upon your life. He is ready and willing to forgive you of your sins and give you eternal life. That is the full purpose of why He hung on the cross and died for you.
Accept what Jesus did and be redeemed.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Lord and Savior; that you will accept the forgiveness Jesus provides; that you will not strive to work for salvation, but believe in the work of Jesus; that you will fully understand what Jesus did for you; and that you will live to obey and serve God with all of your life.
And he said to me, “This is a the curse that is going out over the whole land; for according to what it says on one side, every thief will be banished, and according to what it says on the other, everyone who swears falsely will be banished.” Zechariah 5:3
Two things that are very common nearly everywhere a person goes are theft and false swearing, or making false promises. Most people will never claim that they do either of these, yet both are done by most people to some degree or more.
The common view is that if one is not caught, it is acceptable, even though most do not agree with it.
God showed Zechariah a vision of a scroll flying across the land. It would curse and banish those who were thieves and those who made false promises.
While most believers will state that they do not steal, it is common for many to not give their full effort when at work. They cut corners and do as little as possible. This is stealing from their employer.
Many will also say that they do not make false promises. Yet, they make promises to follow God all the time, and then turn back to sin. Others will also promise to do the job correctly, but then cut corners in the work, breaking their promise.
God is against theft and false promises. He is one who always keeps every promise and does not take what is not His. He also expects those who follow Him to live in the same way.
Israel was destroyed for a time because of theft and false promises. God will also judge today in the same way. He has mercy for those who repent and turn from these ways, but will banish those who refuse to repent and change.
You must take a look at your own life and see where your actions are. Only you and God can know if you are taking things that do not belong to you or if you are making false promises.
Turn from those ways and live as Jesus lived, in truth and honesty. Do not live in a way that God will have to banish you. Do not live as many in this world live and accept as good. Be separate from the ways of this world.
Will God have to banish you? Or are you being accepted into His kingdom?
I pray today that you will live by God’s standards; that God will help you to fulfill all of your promises; that you will trust God for all of your needs; and that you will be a witness for Jesus.