Mt. Gerizim (mount of blessing) and Mt. Ebal (mount of cursing)
Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”).
The apostle Paul is quoting from Deuteronomy 21:23, showing that Christ took the curse of the law upon himself when he went to Calvary. The Greek word for “redeemed” here means to “Buy out and away from.” What is the curse of the law? What have we been bought out and away from? It is found in Deut. 28:15-68 and is prescribed for Israel, God’s people, if they disobey and rebel against God’s commandments.
Someone might ask, “If we’ve been redeemed from the curse, then why bother teaching about how to get free?” It should be noted that Jesus also redeemed us from sin. Have you ever sinned since you’ve been a Christian? Of course. Our redemption must be appropriated. Legally and positionally it is complete, but we must make it experiential by appropriating our benefits and covenant rights. Someone might die and leave you a million dollars in their will, but if you didn’t know about it, you couldn’t appropriate it. Consequently, you could die a poor man, though being legally rich.
James 4:7 says, “Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Salvation submits us to redemption, but as long as we’re in this world only resistance can keep us free from curses. Notice that the Word of God tells us clearly that though we are born again, we must keep ourselves.
I John 5:18
We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
“Bless” in its various forms occurs in the Bible 410 times. “Curse” in its various forms occurs 230 times. Obviously the Bible has much to say about this matter of blessing and cursing. Our ignorance of the subject will not immunize us from their realities, as we like to think. Webster’s definition of “curse” is, “To invoke evil or injury upon a person or thing.”
Proverbs 26:2 says: “… So the curse causeless shall not come.” Either through ignorance or disobedience, a door is opened. Through this lesson, I will take care of the ignorance part, but it is up to each person individually concerning the disobedience. When the Bible talks about blessing and cursing in the same passage, it always makes this assertion: “You choose!” We each have a will and God will not violate our will and make us choose blessing
Next, we will look at the 10 major curses from Deuteronomy chapter 28.