Wednesday, 4 March 2009

cursed, or not?

A long time ago (here), I said that I would think about the theology of curse as revealed in scripture.

I thought it would be easy...
God created man and blessed him.
Man sinned and was cursed by God. (Genesis 3:14-19)
Man became more and more sinful. (e.g. Genesis 4:8; 6:5-6)
God promised blessing to all through the seed of Abraham.
God calls a people (descended from Abraham) to himself and promises blessing for obedience and curse for disobedience.
They disobey.
They received the promised curse (2 Kings 17:6-23; 2 Chronicles 36:11-21).
Blessing is promised by the prophets.
Jesus comes.
He is the one who obeys, the seed of Abraham, yet in hanging on the tree, bore the curse. All who believe in him are blessed.
They look forward to the time when the consequences of the curse are fully removed. Even creation itself groans for its redemption.

But then I began to read. And I read Genesis 3:14-19, I wondered are Adam and Eve actually cursed?

God says to the snake;
"Because you have done this,
cursed are you above all livestock"
(Genesis 3:14)
And he says to Adam,
“cursed is the ground because of you;
in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life;"
(Genesis 3:17)
But he does directly curse either Adam or Eve. The ground and the snake are cursed, but not the man or the woman.

What do you think?

Is this significant, or not? Is a curse implied, or not?

Comments not just warmly welcomed but greatly desired.

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