Remnants of the Curse

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The curse placed on mankind by God after the fall in the Garden of Eden is revealing.   You may have noticed that both versions of the curse, one for man and one for woman, dealt with man’s experience in creating new life on this earth.  He told us we were going to have difficulty in our efforts to propagate life.  Men were going to find it hard to create new fruit with the resources available in the world.  Women were going be subjected to men, who are needed for procreation, and also were going to experience incredible pain in bringing new human life into the world.  The curse made it so that men are really going to have to exert themselves to generate fruit.  For women, both conception and delivery were going to be problematic.  It was clear that we would be thwarted in our natural inclination to create.

I’m not exactly sure of why he did that, why he chose that particular curse.  I think it had to do with the danger that lies in that power to create.  We were made in his image and one of the ways we bore his image was in our ability to create.  Maybe he realized how problematic it would be for us to have that power in our fallen state.  If all the seeds we planted sprouted up without much resistance and we multiplied with little difficulty we would quickly fill the earth with our filth.

Where does that leave us?  We are told that the curse has been lifted.

“Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us” – Galations 3:13

I am convinced that, to live a life of faith, you have to fight through the old pattern of resistance that you used to live under.  We all know the futility that defined our lives for so long.  That’s the curse.  It has been lifted, but becoming a new creation doesn’t happen without some struggle.

You were designed to create so go and do that and don’t be surprised at the resistance you face.  Much of the physical pain and exertion will still be there… at first.