articlesqa May 18, 2015 a blessing from the curse
Ifeoluwapo Eleyinafe Article by Ifeoluwapo EleyinafeCreator and author of thinkheaven.com

Even when God curs­es, He hides a bless­ing in it. He does this by hid­ing Him­self in His judg­ments.

Is It A Rid­dle?

Again we have some­thing that seems like a con­tra­dic­tion. When you bless some­one, you are speak­ing good things into their life. When you curse some­one, you are speak­ing bad things into their life. So how does a bless­ing ever arise out of a curse? It would seem that this de­feats the pur­pose of curs­ing. Sam­son said some­thing sim­i­lar in a rid­dle but in his case, he had ac­tu­al­ly got­ten hon­ey out of lion he had killed Judges 14:14. So also, this bless­ing that comes from a curse is not a rid­dle. This is how God dealt with Adam and Eve af­ter they dis­obeyed Him.

A Bless­ing That Hides

Af­ter Adam was done throw­ing his wife un­der the bus and af­ter Eve was done throw­ing the ser­pent un­der the bus, God gave His ver­dict in Gen­e­sis 3:14-19. God had said that they would die if they dis­obeyed Him. How­ev­er, His curse upon them re­veals that the death He had told the about in­volves a lot suf­fer­ing. This curse sounds bad all around. But then all of a sud­den, there ap­pears this small part in verse 15 where God talks about how the seed of the woman shall bruise/crush/at­tack the head of the ser­pent. And then God moves on al­most as if He had not said it at all. This tiny phrase is the be­gin­ning of the mer­cy of God. This tiny phrase is a ray of mer­cy hint­ing at the Ra­di­ant Son. But as He came on earth, He was hid­den be­hind the dark­ness of the curse Ro­mans 8:3. Nev­er­the­less, even in curs­ing Adam, Eve and the earth, a bless­ing re­veals it­self.

Now when you look at the struc­ture of the rest of the curs­es on the woman and the man, you be­gin to see the pat­tern emerge again. There should be no child­bear­ing at all. No chil­dren for Adam and Eve but in­stead God says that if Eve is will­ing to strug­gle in pain, she will bear chil­dren. The earth should have stopped yield­ing and re­spond­ing to Adam al­to­geth­er. But God says that if he is will­ing to strug­gle and toil, he will eat and feed his fam­i­ly.

Es­ther best ex­pressed this in her re­quest be­fore the king. The edict could not be re­versed but she re­ceived the grace to fight Es­ther 8:7-8, 10-12. In the end there is dust and death but in be­tween we are giv­en the grace to fight. This grace to strug­gle means suf­fer­ing. But this grace also gives us time. And in time, maybe a Sav­ior can come.

Hon­ey From The Lion

Even be­fore Je­sus came, there is some­thing that should not be missed. God spoke the curse to Adam and Eve. He could have been silent. He could have walked away. He could have let them dis­cov­er for them­selves the con­se­quences of their dis­obe­di­ence but in­stead He spoke the curse to them. This act of speak­ing the curse is it­self a bless­ing. It means that God is will­ing to main­tain the re­la­tion­ship with Adam and Eve. Maybe it nev­er will be what it was be­fore, but God didn’t leave.

This is why the sto­ry of Adam and Eve clos­es with a men and women strug­gling to main­tain a re­la­tion­ship with God Gen­e­sis 4:26. This would have been im­pos­si­ble with­out the bless­ing of His Pres­ence even though He spoke to them a curse. It makes sense then that Je­sus would come. God, His Fa­ther, demon­strat­ed He is will­ing to be Pre­sent with us even though we dis­obeyed Him. Love does not want to be dis­tant and it pur­sues the loved one to be near her every­where she goes. It makes sense that Je­sus be­came one of us. This means (and this blows my mind) He suf­fered un­der the curse that He had spo­ken against us. God taught His prophet Eli­jah this same les­son by mak­ing him suf­fer the drought he pro­nounced along with the peo­ple 1 Kings 17:1-7.

Je­sus suf­fered the curse unto death. And again here, we find a bless­ing in the curse. This time the Bless­ing, Je­sus Christ, en­ters into the curse with us. It is one thing to suf­fer but it is even worse to suf­fer alone. So the pres­ence of Je­sus Christ, as one of us on this earth with us, suf­fer­ing like we suf­fer, and strug­gling like we strug­gle lets us know two things. First God was se­ri­ous about the curse. He is se­ri­ous enough about sin and its con­se­quences, that He did not re­scind His Word, even when His Own Son was suf­fer­ing un­der the same curse. Sec­ond­ly, and equal­ly glo­ri­ous, it means that we are not alone. Our Judge loves us and so He choos­es to suf­fer along side the very peo­ple He con­demned. It is not yet over. The suf­fer­ing per­sists but He bless­es us with His Pres­ence. We are not alone. Con­tin­ued in the next bite...

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“Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.” - Colossians 2:3

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