Redeemed from generational curses - The image of the Redeemed
The image of the Redeemed
That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. – Galatians 3:13-14.
How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced? – Number 23:8.
Now when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at other times, to seek to use sorcery, but he set his face toward the wilderness. – Numbers 24:1.
It is not enough to know that we have been redeemed, I made this declaration because our redemption would mean pretty much next to nothing unless we know the full details or at least try to get a broader understanding of the position which our redemption has delivered us into. Not only have been set free but we also need to understand how God sees those whom he has set free. You freedom is not the only benefit that our redemption delivered to us, just as the book of Hebrews pointed out, there are better things that accompany our great salvation. We start to appreciate what these things are by looking at the scriptures again.
The scripture made us to understand that Christ delivered us from the curse of the law in order that the blessings of Abraham might come to us. We need to take some time to allow this sink into us, God is not only declaring us free, but he is also doing so for a purpose, those whom he set free he delivers into a position where they can benefit from the blessings of coming into his favour again. While we are trying to understand what this position really, let us look at case of Israelites who had just been redeemed from the over 400 years of bondage in Egypt. You see Balak had hired Balaam to come and help him put a curse on Israelites, he had heard reports about their conquest and fear gripped him as a result his plan was to put a curse upon them in order to stop them or render them powerless, since that is what a curse produces.
I want you to pay close attention to the position of God on the matter, not only did he warned Balaam not to do it, but he did so by revealing his position and his heart on the matter;
And God said to Balaam, “You shall not go with them; you shall not curse the people, for they are blessed.” – Numbers 22:12.
God declared to Balaam his will for Israel who had just been redeemed, they cannot be cursed, they under his blessings. He has not found any iniquity in them hence they cannot be cursed, perhaps the good news is what God revealed about his position with regards to those he has declared righteous;
a. They cannot be placed under any form of curse. As long as they remain in the righteousness into which they were redeemed. – Isaiah 54:14, Numbers 23:21.
b. They have become candidates for his blessings.
The redeemed must endeavour to keep these two messages and do everything to let them guide the handling of his position as the redeemed and as he walks free from any curse or condemning sentences in his life. Not only did God made his position known to Balaam, he also went on to show to Balaam how strongly committed he is to this position;
“God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good? Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it. – Numbers 23:19-23.
Now if God refused to repent or renege on his position with those who operated under the covenant which the scripture testifies to be a shadow of the one under which we now operate, if he is feels this strong about those who operated under the old testament, then we can be sure that the One who also revealed himself as the Immutable God is still committed to the same position in respect of those whom he has redeemed and declared righteous.
So what became of the attempt by Balaam to circumvent God’s position in order that he might curse Israel, well God turned the intended curses into blessing, every intended curse becomes a blessing. Listen you may be wondering why certain things have not changed since you accepted Christ, you may be wondering why has that redemptive power not manifested in your situation. I want you to allow this message to sink inside of you, God remains committed to his position, what appears to be an unchanging situation is going to become a blessing. Hear what the scriptures says;
And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. – Romans 5:3 - 5.
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. – James 1:2-4.
What you see after your redemption and believe is still the reign of a curse in your life I want to let you know is a lie from the devil. And I want you to know that this is going to be used by God to bring his blessings upon you in Jesus name. Listen you have become a candidate for his blessing as long as you remain in his righteousness, nothing can change that, anyone who tries to do that will have to walk right though God first.
For your Maker is your husband, The Lord of hosts is His name; And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel; He is called the God of the whole earth. – Isaiah 54:5.
Balaam tried to do that he was almost killed on his way to answer Balak’s call, he almost paid with his life (Numbers 22:31-33), although he eventually did because of greed. And just as the scripture admonished us, these things were recorded for our benefit. The same fate that befell Balaam awaits anyone who tries to curse the one whom the God of the whole earth has redeemed and set apart to be candidates for his blessings. See what God says here again about the matter;
Indeed they shall surely assemble, but not because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. – Isaiah 54:15.
This applies to anyone who tries to harm those whom the Lord has declared righteous and as result finds no fault with them such that would bring them under judgment. What the redeemed need to understand is how to walk and thrive in their state of redemption, they need to understand how to and abide with it in order to avoid putting themselves in any situation that would make them vulnerable to what they have been redeemed from. The redeemed need to know how to walk free of anything that can bring him under condemnation again and this would bring us to the next chapter.