YHVH created a world that operates under various laws or principles. There are scientific laws such as the law of gravity and laws of force and motion. Man determined the existence of these laws through observation. These laws exist independently of man.
There are other laws that exist. We know this is true because they are mentioned in Scripture. Nehemiah 10:29 indicates that God’s law, which was given by Moses, is a curse. Deuteronomy 29:13 reveals this as a covenant as well as a pronounced curse. God’s law is observable in Scripture, as well as in the seen world. His law actually contains many blessings and curses that are dependent on the behavior of man.
Curses, as we’ve already seen, can be from God. As we can see from Revelation, angels carry out the delivery of the curses (seals, trumpets, and plagues) from God at YHVH’s command. Curses can be pronounced by man, as Scripture also attests to. Fortunately, Proverbs 26:2 tells us that curses without a cause will not alight on their targets.
For now, there is one curse that is very important for believers to understand: `Cursed is the one who does not confirm all the words of this law by observing them.’ And all the people shall say,`Amen!’ (Deuteronomy 27:26; emphasis mine.)
It is mentioned again in Galatians 3:10: For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them.”
This indicates that those who are, “of the works of the law” are NOT continuing in all things which are written in the book of the law. That’s why they are cursed. There’s a variety of ways to look at this:
- The works of the law can be the same as Oral Law or the Traditions of Men (the Elders).
- People could be doing the work of God’s law deceitfully, in a lax manner, or with negligence (Jeremiah 48:10).
- They could be living a life of lawlessness by following the law of sin (flesh) which wages war against the law of God (Spirit) in their inner man (mind).
Do you see yourself in one of these categories? If so, repent! Ask YHVH to remove this curse (Deuteronomy 27:26) from your life!
Just as important as confirming the law “by observing it” is confirming the law “with your mouth.” Have you ever believed or taught that the law was abolished? Paul never did; he upheld the law in Romans 3:31: “Do we then make void the law through faith? Certainly not! On the contrary, we establish the law.” Since Paul did, we should too. If you have ever believed or taught this, confess the guilt of your sin and repent! Ask YHVH to remove this curse from your life!
We tend to think of the curses of the law as being what’s found in Deuteronomy 27 and Leviticus 26. Take time to read these chapters. Confess your guilt and repent of anything you’ve done that is found there. Ask YHVH to remove any curses that resulted from these sins from your life.
Curses can also results from:
- Being hanged on a tree (Deuteronomy21:23)
- Calling evil good (Proverbs 24:24)
- Maligning a servant to his master (Proverbs 30:10)
- Allowing your heart to depart from YHVH and trusting in man (Jeremiah 17:5). This would be the same as not taking YHVH’s commandments to heart (Malachi 2:1-2).
- Robbing YHVH of tithes (Malachi 3:9-10).
These are only a few possibilities.
Some curses resulted in a death sentence or being cut off from YHVH’s people:
- Cursing ones parents (Leviticus 20:9)
- Cursing YHVH’s anointed (2 Samuel 19:21, 1 Kings 2:8-9, 36-46)
- Those cursed by God will be cut off (Psalm 37:22).
When we read Scripture, it is apparent that YHVH’s people cursed others.
- Jotham cursed his enemies (Judges 9:19-20, 57).
- David cursed the children of men who may have stirred up Saul against him so that he was driven out of his homeland, the inheritance of YHVH (1 Samuel 26:19).
- Shimei unjustly cursed David (2 Samuel 16:5-8).
- Elisha cursed the youth that called him baldheaded; they were mauled by a bear (2 Kings 2:24).
- Nehemiah cursed and fought with the Jews who had married foreign wives and made them swear they wouldn’t give their children to foreigners in marriage (Nehemiah 13:23-25).
Do these examples give us the freedom to pronounce a curse on others? I think the answer to this question, in my personal opinion, is yes and no.
Let’s begin to explore this double answer by beginning with Balaam. Balak, the king of the Moabites sent for Balak to curse the mixed multitude that came out of Egypt because Balaam had a reputation for being able to effectively curse or bless people. There was only one problem with this request. YHVH forbid Balaam from cursing Israel because YHVH had not cursed them. Balaam was commanded to bless them instead of curse them which made Balak furious.
Balaam said something that is important for us to understand: “For there is no sorcery against Jacob, Nor any divination against Israel. It now must be said of Jacob And of Israel,`Oh, what God has done!’ (Numbers 23:23)
Balaam was not able to practice sorcery or divination against Israel because they were blessed by YHVH. There was no just cause for his curses to alight on them.
Several verses later, he said, “He bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?’ “Blessed is he who blesses you, And cursed is he who curses you.” (Numbers 24:9) Now, if someone is a member of Israel, either natural born or grafted in, we certainly would NOT want to curse them no matter what they’ve done to us so that we don’t fall under a curse. Instead, bless them and ask YHVH to deal with them as He chooses (Romans 12:14; James 3:9-10). I know, this won’t always be easy; just do it!
If someone is not a part of Israel and if there is just cause, examples from the Tanach seem to indicate it is acceptable to pronounce a curse on them especially if they have led you into sin. I don’t see this as witchcraft as some would suggest; YHVH and other people pronounced curses on their enemies. The problem with this is that we don’t always know beyond a shadow of a doubt who is from the bloodline of Israel and who is not. It’s better to ask YHVH to deal with them as He sees fit.
Unfortunately, Balaam did not give up. Revelation 2:14 tells us, “But I have a few things against you, because you have there those who hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed to idols, and to commit sexual immorality.” This is a reference to the women of Moab inviting the people to the sacrifices of their gods at Baal at Peor in Numbers 25. A plague spread among the children of Israel as a result of their sin; 2,400 died that day. As a result of one of the Midianite woman also being involved in this sin, YHVH told Moses to harass and attack the Midianites.
Now, just what is the doctrine of Balaam? It’s joining the world in lawlessness; specifically, it was idolatry and sexual immorality. In order to cause YHVH to curse Israel with a plague, Balaam suggested the Moabites cause Israel to break their covenant with YHVH. This created just cause or legal grounds for Israel to be cursed.
Another thing that results in a curse is generational sin. There is generational sin to the 3rd and 4th generation, and there is also a 10 generation curse. Generational sin must be dealt with– in both biological and adoptive family lines.
In Numbers 14:17-19, Moses gives us an example to follow, “And now, I pray, let the power of my Lord be great, just as You have spoken, saying, 18 `The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’ 19 “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.” (See also Exodus 34:6-7.)
Deuteronomy 23:2 contains the 10th generational curse: “One of illegitimate birth shall not enter the assembly of the LORD; even to the tenth generation none of his descendants shall enter the assembly of the LORD.” Confess the possibility or reality of an illegitimate birth in your family line; ask YHVH to forgive this sin of sexual immorality and to remove the curse and any demons associated with it.
How are things going in your life? Do you suspect you are under a curse from YHVH as a result of your own sin or those of your ancestors? Could you be under a curse that is a result of witchcraft or that of demonic origin? Have you opened a doorway or committed just cause for a curse to fall upon you by your sin? If so, ask YHVH to reveal the source to you. No matter how minor it may seem to you, confess your guilt immediately and repent! Then,
- If the curse is from YHVH, ask YHVH to remove the curse and any demons associated with it from your life (an example of distressing spirit from God is in 1 Samuel 16:14).
- If you suspect the curse is a result of witchcraft, command the curse to be broken in the name of Yeshua by His authority. Be sure to command any demons associated with the curse to leave immediately and to not return.