23 February: The Nature of the Curse
Today’s chapter can look pretty scary at first glance – that’s until you understand the idea behind a “curse”…
READ DEUTERONOMY 27 Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
We live on the border of Scotland – home to the Border Reivers. They had the unfortunate position of living in a region fought over for two thousand years. Around AD122 the Roman Emperor Hadrian built a wall to define the border of his empire. After the Romans, if the locals weren’t being overthrown in the Anglo-Scottish wars, they were fighting their marauding neighbour clans.
By 1525, the Reivers had become such a nuisance that the then Archbishop of Glasgow, Gavin Dunbar, formulated the longest curse ever written and with it, he cursed the families of the borderlands. Thankfully times have changed, and most followers of the Creator God will know that you shouldn’t be cursing anyone.[a] So the question today is: What kind of a God is into cursing his people?
To understand the nature of the word “curse” – as the Creator God understands it – it’s what the absence of blessing would look like. It’s like the time I tried telling our son Mikey (who was three-year-old at the time) not to poke his finger in an electrical socket or else he’ll die. But I could tell on his face that he didn’t know what “die” meant. He’d not experienced what it means to be permanently lost and separated from us. So unlike that Bishop who had no personal relationship with the Border Reivers, Father God is trying to explain to His children a concept that they hadn’t yet experienced – what it feels like, and looks like, to miss out on His abundant blessing through willful disobedience…
“Be silent, Israel, and listen! You have now become the people of the Lord your God. Obey the Lord and follow His commands and decrees that I give you today.” [v9-10]
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Wanting to speak directly with the God of Blessing? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]
THE LORD’S PRAYER:
1. Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”
You Lord are great and most worthy of praise! You’re to be feared above all gods. [Psalm 96:4]
2. Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”
The World: Pray for the government of Australia[c]
Your Country: Christian Education Institutions
Yourself: Fruit of the Spirit in you[d]
Your concerns for today
Lord, I want to forget the former things and dwelling on the past. I see that You’re doing a new thing! Now it springs up – a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland. [Isaiah 43:18-19]
3. Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”
Father, in accordance with Your great love, forgive the sin of Your people, just as You’ve pardoned them from ancient times until now. [Numbers 14:19]
4. Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but delivers us from evil.”
Jesus said: “I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. [John 15:15]
“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”
When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will
“The world and its desires will pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.” [1 John 2:17]
[a] Luke 6:27-28
[b] Matthew 6:5-15
[d] Galatians 5:22
[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31