Enter: The Curse
We are all pretty familiar with this story. I feel that the church has emphasized the fall and the curse more that the pure love of God and beauty of creation (but I suppose that is for another time). Satan enters a serpent. He tempts Eve. Eve is deceived. Adam joins in. God comes looking for them because He loves them. He is so sad that they would chose to be apart from His love for them.
16 Then he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
but he will rule over you.[c]”
17 And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
18 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
though you will eat of its grains.
19 By the sweat of your brow
will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
and to dust you will return.”
This is the first time we see tension between the genders. Once God’s perfect world was tainted, only then do we enter a world of inequality. This is where patriarchy enters the scene. This is the first mention of gender hierarchy. LET’S BE VERY CLEAR HERE: these are the way things WOULD now be, NOT the way they SHOULD be!! Patriarchy was NOT in God’s original design for His kids! His original design is gender equality and harmony. It’s only after sin enters the world do we see the man-made effects of the sin in the form of patriarchy. We need to stop declaring the curse over ourselves! The curse was the enemy’s plan, and we need to start living in God’s plan for us. Gender is the only part of the curse that we “keep” and some even declare that it is “God’s system set up on earth.” None of us go, “Give me some more pain with these contractions! They are not quite as painful as they should be!” or “Man, I need this ground to have some more weeds! Tilling wasn’t quite as hard as it was yesterday!” We don’t require all Christian men to work the fields, but the church requires all women to be under the rule of men. We have worked since the fall to make cultivating the earth easier. We use tractors, tillers, and countless other modern conveniences to ease the pain of tilling the earth. I mean, not very many men even have the occupation of farmer anymore. We have invented new ways to birth children. We now have epidurals and intrathecals. We have done all of these things to combat or ease the curse, but the idea of patriarchy has been put on a gold placard and considered “the way things are supposed to be”.
To put it in other terms, we don’t say, “Man, I haven’t had enough temptation today. I’m going to need a little more.” Or, “The devil hasn’t prowled around me enough today. I should have some more resistance.” This just sounds foolish! Why would we do this very thing with the idea of patriarchy?
People are so quick to say, “Jesus broke the curse when He died on the cross”, but for some reason we are very offended when that touches the idea of patriarchy. A majority of the church lives in a way as to say, “Jesus broke the curse! Except the curse of patriarchy. We will keep that one.”
Jesus in His loving mercy didn’t leave us under the effects of the law. He didn’t leave us with the way things would be. Our loving Father, sent His only Son, Jesus, to redeem us from the curse. HE REDEEMED US FROM THE WAY THINGS WOULD BE AND BROUGHT US INTO THE WAY THINGS SHOULD BE! Isaiah 61 foretells the New Covenant that was established at the cross! This New Covenant is the final covenant in which we receive all the benefit! Galatians 3:16 declares, “13 But Christ has rescued us from the curse pronounced by the law. When he was hung on the cross, he took upon himself the curse for our wrongdoing. For it is written in the Scriptures, “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a tree.”[g]14 Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised[h] Holy Spirit through faith.” Christ has RESCUED us from the curse!. Verse 14 shows us that one of the marks of the New Covenant is the Holy Spirit being available and indwelling all believers! Galatians is such an amazing book. The theme is sonship and identity in Christ! Later on, Galatians 3:28 states, “ 28 There is no longer Jew or Gentile,[o] slave or free, male and female. For you are all one in Christ Jesus.” This is not just a salvational verse, this is a sonship verse, a kingdom verse!
How can we know that we are under the New Covenant and it is in effect today? Hebrews 8:6 states, “But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” Wow!! A better covenant with better promises!! Yes!! 2 Corinthians 3:6 shows us that this New Covenant is CURRENTLY in effect (not something that has to be waited for until after death), “He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant–not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.” He has made US ministers of the New Covenant. That’s not for another time. That’s for NOW!
He has redeemed us from the curse!! It is finished!