Sunday, February 26, 2012

Cursed

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We have been studying Galatians at church during this semester. We recently came to these verses Chapter 3:9-14. After spending the week letting the verses percolate in my mind. This idea of a curse is one that I can relate to. My immediate thought of course was the Red Sox and the Curse of the Bambino. I know what you’re thinking really Mike, Paul is talking about salvation of the soul and all I can think of the Red Sox. Although it gave me insight into the word cursed. You see something that is cursed has a way of not working out because of some other power. The Galatians understood what a curse was; Paul was speaking to them in a language that they understood. Jesus does this with Parables during his time on earth. 

The important thing with this set of verses is 13 and 14. In these two verses you see the redeeming power of Jesus. He came to die for our curse so that we can connect to God. Paul gives the Galatians an opportunity to hear the salvation story. We hear the promise that Jesus came, died and rose again on the cross.

We all carry a curse with us, at times we believe that something + Jesus is what is going to save us. The Galatians were trying to do this by following the law to the letter. It was once put that we have this check list that we keep. If we do this then we are saved, if we doing this we will meet God and he will save us. The truth is these are lies that we tell ourselves and that I think is what Paul was trying to teach the Galatians in this part of the letter. 

He refers back to the Old Testament and Abraham who believed he was under a curse because he was having trouble conceiving a child and does not trust have enough faith that God had a plan for him and Sarai. He even tried to take control in his own way and God of course gets angry with Abraham because of his lack of faith. 




 9So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.

The Righteous Shall Live by Faith

10 For all who rely on works of the law are munder a curse; for it is written, n“Cursed be everyone who does not oabide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that pno one is justified before God by the law, for q“The righteous shall live by faith.”4 12 But the law is not of faith, rather r“The one who does them shall live by them.” 13 Christ sredeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, t“Cursed is everyone who is hanged uon a tree”—14 so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might vcome to the Gentiles, so that wwe might receive xthe promised Spirit5 through faith.


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