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What Did God Promise Abraham, Blessings or Curses?
Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: 3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. (KJV) . . . What a Promise to Abram from God! Anyone who went against him was cursed by God.
Galatians 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. (KJV) . . . Another beautiful Promise from God to believers today! We, as TRUE children of God, inherit the Promise God made to Abram! IF we love and obey God, those same blessings of Abraham’s are ours today. Anyone who tries to pronounce a curse on a child of God will FAIL and they will then have to deal with God’s wrath.
A curse was thought to possess a power of making good the person's words of a curse. Prayer can be described as a wish submitted to God. Primitive man thought that curses (or blessings) were wishes referred to supernatural beings, who had power to do good or inflict harm. The use of magic and spells of all kinds is based on the belief that it is possible to enlist the support of the superhuman beings who abound in the universe, and to persuade them to carry out their wishes.
In Zec.5:1-4 the “flying roll,” with curses inscribed on it “goeth forth over the face of the whole land.” It would find its way into the house of every thief and perjurer. But most often, curses were uttered aloud, not written. Usually the name of some false god would be coupled with such spoken curses, such as Goliath cursing David by his gods (1 Sam.17:43). Belief was, that such curses once spoken, would fulfilled.
It was a custom in ancient times, for heads of families on their death beds, to bless their children. These blessings were not simply a paternal wish that their children should prosper in life, but a factor in determining their welfare (Gen.49). In this case there were blessings on some and curses on others. In Gen.27:18-30, Jacob deceived his father into blessing him instead of Esau.
Of the 193 verses in the Bible making reference to the word curse, almost all regarding spoken curses by man were of one calling a curse upon themselves by God if they broke an oath or were relying on God to curse the person they were cursing.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. (KJV) . . . New Testament teaching makes it very clear that the Lord does NOT want anyone, especially Christians, cursing with an oath or cursing anyone, period! And curse not: means NOT to have a mouth full of blasphemy, cursing and bitterness. Romans 3:14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: (KJV) . . . This verse clearly reveals the character of an unregenerate (wicked) man, and does not in any way suit anyone who takes on the Name of Christ (Christian). For blessing and cursing to come from the same mouth, is absolutely ridiculous. It is as unnatural as if a mountain spring would produce both sweet water and bitter, or salt water and fresh. James 3:10 Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. 11 Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? (KJV)
James 5:12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation. (KJV) . . . Swear not, through impatience, when trials may tempt you (Jam.5:10-11). In opposition to this, is the proper use of the tongue. James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms. (KJV) . . . James is referring to what Jesus said! Matthew 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne: (KJV) . . . Jesus' words.
Matthew 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil. (KJV) . . . Jesus' words.. . . Simply tell it like it is. Swearing is not necessary. We should always be truthful!
James 5:9 Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge standeth before the door. (KJV) . . . Condemnation = judgment. My friend, "the Judge who standeth before the door" is Jesus! We must be careful how we live! We shall be judged!
Job 31:30 Neither have I suffered my mouth to sin by wishing a curse to his soul. (KJV) . . . Wishing a curse on anyone is placing your eternal soul in great danger! BEWARE!
The spoken curses upon wicked men, used by David and other good men, are not contradictions to this rule, because they were made under the inspiration of the Spirit of God, and were predictions (prophecies) of God’s vengeance to come. Man's spoken curses upon evil people made by Godly men were spoken under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and of course were carried out by God.
But, when man curses someone, or wishes harm to come to them, it is quite different than the curse of God. God's curses were/are punishment, streaming from God’s holy and righteous wrath and vengeance . . . whereby man's intended ill wishes come from unjustifiable anger, bitterness or jealousy. Some people are so angry that they may even think God will fulfill their undeserved curse. God's curses are real and my friend, they are deserved when He curses someone.
Bless, and curse not . . . Bless only; and/or continue to bless, no matter how long or grievous the injury may be. We should NEVER be provoked to anger, or to cursing by any injury, persecution or reviling. This is one of the most difficult lessons of Christianity. And it is something that only the power of God can enable us to carry out. Phil.4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (KJV) . . . Without Jesus, we can do nothing! (John 15:4-5).
To curse really means to give over to or dedicate to punishment or destruction. IF Satan is permitted power to curse you, he CAN destroy you, just like he did Job. When there is power to do it (be it God or Satan), it means the destruction of the object. Mark 11:14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. (KJV) . . . The fig-tree that was cursed by the Saviour soon withered away. Mark 11:21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away. (KJV) . . . So, those whom God curses will be certainly destroyed! Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (KJV) . . . Jesus' words. . . There IS a literal Hell! Believe it!
We Must Be Careful How We Live!
We should NEVER call upon God's help to bring a curse on anyone! We should NEVER use reproachful words to express our self in a violent, profane or outrageous manner. That is NOT how God's TRUE children should act! Psalms 109:17-18 As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. 18 As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. (KJV)
Numbers 23:8 How shall I curse, whom God hath not cursed? or how shall I defy, whom the LORD hath not defied? (KJV) . . . God has not cursed Israel, but blessed her. Therefore it is utterly vain and ridiculous for anyone to attempt to curse them in spite of God. Please do NOT curse the Jews! Anti-semitism is a sin! IF you curse the Jews, God shall cures you! God will not allow people to use Satan to bring a curse upon Israel or Christians!
People have misinterpreted the word curse throughout the Bible. Matthew 26:74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. (KJV) . . . Peter was not cursing anyone. He instead was swearing an oath that he did not know Jesus, and was wishing a curse upon himself if he was lying. Many times throughout the Bible, people cursed others, but unless it was under the authority of God, or the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, there is NO evidence that any curse ever came to be.
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