Blessings aren’t just given after someone sneezes. Curses aren’t merely superstitions attached to voodoo dolls. For Israel, blessings came from obedience and disobedience led to a curse. It still works this way. What is different is that, through the Gospel, we may receive blessing for obedience that is not our own. And the curse falls upon Another.  Sermon by Steve Swan from the 12th of June, 2016.

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And so then, Jesus took flesh that He might destroy the curse of sinful flesh, and He became for us a curse that a blessing might overwhelm a curse, uprightness might overwhelm sin, forgiveness might overwhelm the sentence, and life might overwhelm death. He also took up death that the sentence might be fulfilled and satisfaction might be given for the judgment, the curse placed on sinful flesh even to death. Therefore, nothing was done contrary to God’s sentence when the terms of that sentence were fulfilled, for the curse was unto death but grace is after death.

Ambrose of Milan (339 – 397 A.D.), Flight from the World

 

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree” — so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles…

The Apostle Paul, Galatians 3:13-14

 

No more let sins and sorrows grow, 

Nor thorns infest the ground;

He comes to make His blessings flow, 

Far as the curse is found,

Far as the curse is found,, 

Far as, far as, the curse is found.

Isaac Watts (1674 – 1748), Joy To The World 

 

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God….”

Revelation 21:1-3