Good News on Good Friday

Yesterday I read Deuteronomy 28, part of which is a long list of curses that will come on Israel if they do not follow God’s law. A selection:

But if you will not obey the voice of the Lord your God or be careful to do all his commandments and his statutes that I command you today, then all these curses shall come upon you and overtake you. Cursed shall you be in the city, and cursed shall you be in the field. Cursed shall be your basket and your kneading bowl. Cursed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock. Cursed shall you be when you come in, and cursed shall you be when you go out…

The Lord will cause you to be defeated before your enemies. You shall go out one way against them and flee seven ways before them…

Because you did not serve the Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things, therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord will send against you, in hunger and thirst, in nakedness, and lacking everything. And he will put a yoke of iron on your neck until he has destroyed you…

If you are not careful to do all the words of this law that are written in this book, that you may fear this glorious and awesome name, the Lord your God, then the Lord will bring on you and your offspring extraordinary afflictions, afflictions severe and lasting, and sicknesses grievous and lasting.

That’s what makes Paul’s announcement in Galatians 3 such good news:

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”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith.

What a Savior. What a good Friday.

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Comments

  1. Amen, Jake. This is a “Good” day from a good God who did not shy from suffering and pain for the benefit of all creation. Thanks for this reminder!

  2. Marty Altman says:

    What? No Tea Party Commentary yet? Maybe tomorrow? Looking forward to it if you’re up for it, Jake.

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