Before you say, “Huh?” know this is a difficult passage…even for seasoned Biblical scholars. Consider this passage in relationship to verses 6-9. Paul is still responding to how Gentiles can receive the blessing first promised to Abraham.
First Paul claims Scripture pronounced a curse on those who rely on the Law (v.10). Then he argues one Scripture against another Scripture (v.10-11 see Lev 18:5, Hab 2:4, and Deut 21:23). And then he uses Deuteronomy to say the crucified Christ was a curse. The complexity of this passage could be the subject of a dissertation. In Christ, Abraham’s blessing comes to the Gentiles and we (Jews and Gentiles together) receive the Spirit.
We all have days we’re tempted to curse. Maybe you don’t. The rest of us are still on that journey! Today, focus on the blessings that come your way…even if you’re tempted to curse.
Lord Jesus, I thank you for the saints who have gone before me. I celebrate the blessings that I have received and seek only to become more like you. Amen.
What blessing came your way today?
If none…consider the question again after you give us your best gif or emoji for when you’re so frustrated you want to curse. Keep it clean, friends. Kids may be watching! And, yes, Paul is using curse in a different way. We’re just having a little fun at a point in this journey that it can get challenging.
Use a notebook to record your responses. Share your celebrations in the comments below or in the Facebook group (You’ll find a link to request to join in your confirmation email. Not registered? Sign-up here.)
If you haven’t taken a moment to review the “Overview of Following Jesus Every Day: Galatians,” please do so. You’ll find a few tips that will help you start this journey.