Who would have imagined that this is not only a law but messianic verses as well? Because the apostle Paul tells us, “Christ redeemed us from the curse of
the law by becoming a curse for us – for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who
is hanged on a tree’” (Galatians 3:13).
And how glorious is this news! Paul tells us in the next verse,“So that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith” (Galatians 3:14). When Jesus Christ suffered the curse of the law on the cross for us, He redeemed us, united us Gentiles to the blessing of Abraham and gave us the Spirit by faith. Who would have imagined that a curse could be transformed into so much blessing?
Secondly, this is great news for many Christians who are worried about the curses of the law. They are alarmed when they read verses like, “I the LORD your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third
and fourth generation of those who hate me” (Exodus 20:5). If our fathers or grandfathers were idolaters, that means we are under a curse. And that is exactly right… unless we have trusted in the crucifixion of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of
our sins; in this case, Jesus Christ has redeemed us from the generational curse of the law as well.
That’s great news! We don’t have to pray special prayers, do a thorough personal inventory of all the possible curses we may be under due to the sins of previous generations, nor engage in strange spiritual therapies to break them: Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law when He died on the cross for our
sins. We are saved from the curse of the law by faith alone in Him.
Who would have thought that the Old Testament laws on the burial of an executed criminal could contain such great news?