In, ‘Christ Has Redeemed Us From….What, Exactly? Part I‘, we began to investigate exactly what Galatians 3:13 is referring to when it says that Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law. If you have not yet read part one, I recommend you read it before continuing here. Knowing what we have been redeemed from is something we simply cannot afford to be ignorant about. We must be diligent to find out what we have been redeemed from and then start resisting and rebuking those things.
For those outside of the Kingdom of God, fear is a natural, everyday, part of life.
Staying in The Living Bible, we will pick up our study from verses 28-29:
“He will send madness, blindness, fear, and panic upon you. You shall grope in the bright sunlight just as the blind man gropes in darkness. You shall not prosper in anything you do; you will be oppressed and robbed continually, and nothing will save you.“
In the Chumash (the Jewish commentary on the first five books of the Bible), it says, “You will be as terror stricken as a blind man in the dark. During the day, even though he is sightless, he feels confident that people will see him and help him, but in intense darkness, he knows that his natural handicap is made worse by his isolation“.
There is much fear in the world today – fear of terrorism, fear of accidents, fear of financial disaster, etc. As I write this, many people in the UK have a sense of optimism following the vote to leave the EU, but parts of the population have become gripped by a sense of fear. Fear of the unknown, fear of what might happen, fear of leaving the perceived security of the EU. For those outside of the Kingdom of God, fear is a natural everyday part of life. But it does not need to be that way for us. Fear and terror are things that we have been redeemed from. Even in the midst of a terrorist attack that kills thousands, we can be safe, because of the assurance given in Psalm 91:7, “Even if one thousand people fall dead next to you, ten thousand right beside you — it won’t happen to you” (Common English Bible).
“Someone else will marry your fiancée; someone else will live in the house you build; someone else will eat the fruit of the vineyard you plant. Your oxen shall be butchered before your eyes, but you won’t get a single bite of the meat. Your donkeys will be driven away as you watch and will never return to you again. Your sheep will be given to your enemies. And there will be no one to protect you. You will watch as your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break with longing for them, but you will not be able to help them. A foreign nation you have not even heard of will eat the crops you will have worked so hard to grow. You will always be oppressed and crushed. You will go mad because of all the tragedy you see around you.“
If you’ve ever been engaged, only for the person to marry someone else or if you’ve ever had your house repossessed, you were not unlucky – it was the curse at work. Maybe it seems like every time you save up some money, something goes wrong and you end up having to spend the money to fix things. Or maybe your children have gone far away from God, taken captive by the enemy and your heart breaks as you watch them living their lives as slaves to sin. You need to know that this is not just part of life – it is the curse that Jesus died on the cross to redeem you from. Likewise mental illnesses, breakdowns etc are all under the curse. Don’t get offended, that’s good news! It means that this is not your portion in life.
Do you feel as if you are always the tail, never the head?
Verses 38-44 continue:
“You will sow much but reap little, for the locusts will eat your crops. You will plant vineyards and care for them, but you won’t eat the grapes or drink the wine, for worms will destroy the vines. Olive trees will be growing everywhere, but there won’t be enough olive oil to anoint yourselves! For the trees will drop their fruit before it is matured. Your sons and daughters will be snatched away from you as slaves. The locusts shall destroy your trees and vines. Foreigners living among you shall become richer and richer while you become poorer and poorer. They shall lend to you, not you to them! They shall be the head and you shall be the tail!“
Does it seem like your pockets have holes in them? Well here’s those same symptoms described in the curse. Do you see people around you doing well; whilst despite your best efforts, you just seem to get poorer? Are you constantly in debt? Do you feel as if you are always the tail, never the head? It’s all there in the curse, which means that you do not have to put up with it!
It seems like new diseases are appearing all the time. Is it possible that are some diseases which are not covered by the information in the curse of the law? Could there be certain diseases that we are not redeemed from? Look at Deuteronomy 28:62, “…every sickness and plague there is, even those not mentioned in this book….“. God has it covered, there will never be a sickness or disease that you have not been redeemed from. Cancer, meningitis, ebola, the zika virus, whatever it is, as Christians we have been redeemed from it. Start getting aggressive with the Devil, resist him and he will flee, and he will take the effects of the curse with him.
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