Thursday, August 26, 2010

Hanging on a tree, Jesus became curse for us

In Deuteronomy 21:23a it is written: "His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;)"

Jesus was hanged up on a tree.

In Acts 5:30: "The God of our fathers raised up Jesus whom you murdered by hanging on a tree," Peter reminded the Jews of the curse. The weight of this knowledge would have been very heavy upon them.

Jesus became curse FOR us so that we would not have to endure the curse.

Repeated again in Acts 10:39- "And we are witnesses of all things which He did both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, whom they killed by hanging on a tree."

The Jewish leaders likely thought that Jesus’ disciples would give up after their leader was killed in such a cursed and embarrassing manner. And it was so. The crucifixion shattered the disciples’ hopes. They were dejected and said, “But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel.” (Luke 24:21a). Can you imagine their confusion? Jesus never had lived like they thought Messiah would live: He ate with sinners, He did not perform ritual washing prior to eating, He spent time with lepers, He rebuked the religious leaders. He was not a conquering King they had surmised, but a quiet shepherd. They had gotten used to all that, His not living the way they had thought, but then Jesus didn't even die like they thought.


Philippians 2:6-11: "who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

HOW Jesus died is almost as important as the reason He died. He became curse for us, and sin is curse. The apostles preached the crucifixion constantly. One example is in 1 Corinthians 1:23- "but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness..." Sin is something God hates because "the sting of death is sin." (1 Cor 15:56). He does not want any to perish!

6 comments:

  1. Here are a few things with regard to the curse that I just learned from Chuck Missler:

    God cursed the land with thorns and thistles and Jesus wore a crown of thorns upon the cross;

    God said that the land would be cursed and that part of Adam's curse was that he would eat of it in sorrow all the days of his life and Jesus was known as the "man of sorrows";

    Also part of the curse was that Adam would eat bread "in the sweat of thy face until he returned to the ground, and Christ sweat drops of blood on his brow in the Garden of Gethsemane.

    One other remarkable point was that 1 Tim. 2:14 says that Eve was deceived by the serpent but that Adam was not deceived. He ate the apple because God had said that if they ate of that tree they would die. He knew that Eve would die when she ate it and he loved her so much that he would die for her just like Christ loved the Church so much he died for her. Isn't that interesting? I am loving his Bible studies.

    Kim

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  2. Thanks Kim! Good stuff. I like Missler too. :)

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  3. Hardeep Moar [respects Jesus and Mary Magdalene]December 15, 2012 at 11:15 AM

    First, Eve ate the fruit, after that Adam ate the fruit; so friends, Adam first let her ate and then after he witnessed that She is still breathing even after she has tasted the fruit, he also ate the shared fruit. If he so loved Eve, why didn't he stopped her when Serpent was busy tempting her; he was simply enjoying the conversation.

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  4. First, Eve ate the fruit, after that Adam ate the fruit; so friends, Adam first let her ate and then after he witnessed that She is still breathing even after she has tasted the fruit, he also ate the shared fruit. If he so loved Eve, why didn't he stopped her when Serpent was busy tempting her; he was simply enjoying the conversation.

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  5. Dear Hardeep, it doesn't say that Adam was beside her when she was being tempted by the serpent. So by logic it is understood that she had eaten some and then went to Adam and offered him some. And if you don't want to believe in what I say, it still doesn't matter, because your interpretation is not logical and in no way means what happened at that time.

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    1. Anonymous-- Genesis 6 says "She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it". I don't know about 'beside her' but the Spirit made a point of including the fact that Adam was with Eve when he ate the fruit...

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