DAY 10

READ GALATIANS 3:10-14

REDEEMED FROM THE CURSE OF THE LAW

Paul continues to show us why the Law cannot justify us, that is, cause us to be accepted by God. In fact, the Law can only curse us because it says in the Law that anyone who doesn’t do everything the Law tells him to do is cursed. The Law requires obedience but that doesn’t help us because we can’t even come close to being completely obedient to the Law. The result is that we are under a curse if we try to do what the Law says. In Deuteronomy 28, Moses tells the people of Israel that there are blessings they will get if they do what the Law requires and there are curses they will get of they don’t do what the Law requires. The first 14 verses (28% of the chapter) list the blessings. The next 54 verses (79% of the chapter) list the curses. And the curses are scary! Even if you do really well and keep the Law (which is impossible), you would still not be accepted by God because we see in Galatians 3:11 that only faith justifies us (brings us to a place of acceptance in God). The Law and Faith are incompatible.
Another reason that makes the Gospel so glorious is that Jesus took all the curses of the Law upon Himself when He died on the cross. Death on a cross was considered a curse. So Jesus became the curse for us so that we could receive the blessing of Abraham. In Jesus we are blessed and we receive the supreme gift of the Holy Spirit which is proof that God has accepted us. The Holy Spirit is the very presence of God in our lives because we have been made clean and accepted through Jesus Christ.

    Because we have put our trust in Jesus, we are set free forever from the curse of the Law. It is not legitimate to use Deuteronomy 28 as a bargaining tool in the life of a Christian! We can’t use it to threaten or manipulate people. Jesus took the curse and in so doing, removed the power of the Law to curse us. Being set free from the grip of the Law came through the great price of Jesus’ death on the cross. His sin-bearing, curse-bearing death by crucifixion opened the way for us to become a part of the family of God through faith.

    QUESTIONS TO REFLECT ON:

    1. What does it mean when Paul says that the law is not of faith (verse 12)?
      2. Name some of the curses of the law?
        3. How did Jesus set us free from the curse of the law?