Genesis 3 and Deuteronomy are quite descriptive of the types of curses placed upon us. We see the curse placed upon Adam and Eve for their sin in the garden and in Deuteronomy we see many different curses played out. Some of them are really scary and some of them are really quirky. One example, “If a man guilty of a capital offense is put to death and his body is hung on a tree, you must not leave his body on the tree overnight. Be sure to bury him that same day, because anyone who is hung on a tree is under God’s curse. You must not desecrate the land the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance.”
From the above passages, I have come to see 2 inherent problems:
#1 A curse is placed upon mankind due to the fall of Adam ( “For since death came through a man… For as in Adam all die… Therefore, just as sin entered the world through one man, and death through sin, and in this way death came to all men, because all sinned— for before the law was given, sin was in the world. But sin is not taken into account when there is no law. Nevertheless, death reigned from the time of Adam to the time of Moses, even over those who did not sin by breaking a command, as did Adam, who was a pattern of the one to come. 1 Cor 15:21-22; Romans 5:12-14)
#2 A curse is placed on the individual for their disobedience to the law introduced in Exodus 20. (” All who rely on observing the law are under a curse, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”)
So, we have a curse, through sin, placed upon WHO we are (our humanness) and WHAT we do or do not do (our obedience). And in Proverbs, we see this concept carried over…
Proverbs 26:2 “Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse does not come to rest.”
Draw your attention to the word undeserved. That word really caught my attention. Another version calls it, “a curse causeless”. This is defined by the Hebrew lexicon as freely, for nothing, without cause, gratis, gratuitously, for no purpose, in vain, undeservedly. In other words, the Bible is saying that a curse that is for nothing, without cause, for no purpose, etc. does not come to rest. I have listed 4 passages below [A, B, C, D ] that should help familiarize you with man’s condition and help you see that sin, is what causes us to deserve the curse. Romans 3 declares that we have ALL sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Sin affects me and the outcome of my life, and where there is cause (sin); curses will come to rest.
A. “There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be silenced and the whole world held accountable to God. Therefore no one will be declared righteous in his sight by observing the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of sin. But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. ” Romans 3:18-25
B. “But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before this faith came, we were held prisoners by the law, locked up until faith should be revealed. So the law was put in charge to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith. Now that faith has come, we are no longer under the supervision of the law.” Gal 3:22-25
C. Clearly no one is justified before God by the law, because, “The righteous will live by faith.” The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, “The man who does these things will live by them.” 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 tree.” He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.” Gal 3:10-14
So, to answer the question, “Am I Cursed?” YES (outside of Christ)! But the real question that should be asked is ,”Do I have to stay under the curse?” NO WAY! When Jesus Christ came to Earth, He died on a tree. The cross was a tree on a hill called Golgotha. He redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. He provided a way for mankind to be free from the curse in the garden by accepting Him as Lord and Savior, and he provided a way for us as individuals to be free from the curse of the law through faith in Him. Remember above, an undeserved curse does not come to rest. Jesus didn’t deserve it, but he took it upon Himself, so that we could be undeserving! He took upon Himself what we deserved and made a way for us to be completely free from the curse! When in Christ, we no longer have to worry about curses at all!! In fact, they should never be a thought again for the believer.
You should walk around all day everyday saying, “I am blessed! I am so blessed! Thank you Jesus that you have set me free from the curse of the past, present, and future! Thank you that you have made me “undeserved” and even if someone speaks a curse on me it will not come to rest. I am blessed. I am blessed in the country and blessed in the city. The fruit of my womb is blessed. The crops of my fields and the young of my livestock are blessed. My basket and kneading trough are blessed. I am blessed when I come in and blessed when I go out. All of the enemies that rise up against me will be defeated before me. They will flee from me in seven directions. There is a blessing on my barns and on everything I put my hands to. I am blessed as His holy people and all the people of the Earth will see that I am called by the Lord!
I am blessed! I am blessed! I am blessed!” [say this over and over each and everyday until you believe it…..]