The Inherited Curse

The Inherited Curse

And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labor you will eat of it all the days of your life.

Thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. 

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, because out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” M310

The Lord God Jesus Christ spoke those words to Adam in Genesis 3:17-19.

When Jesus told Adam not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, He never mentioned that things, people, or places might be cursed if he ate its fruit.

Before we dive into why the ground got cursed, let us first understand why the consequences of disobedience were not told to Adam.

It may be hard to grasp and fathom in our mind, but the irony of the entire situation was that essentially Adam, a man who was not a child, did not know anything bad or evil.

In today’s world, we know that it is not safe for a child to play with snakes because the venom from the bite of a snake may kill the child. This was not how things were in the garden.

Isaiah 11:6-9 gives us a glimpse into the past and the prophesied future restored to its original design.

The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.

The cow and the bear shall graze; their young ones shall lie down together; and the lion shall eat straw like the ox.

The nursing child shall play by the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand in the viper’s den.

They shall not hurt or destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. M311

In the garden of Eden, the cow and bear grazed together, the wolf lived with the lamb, and the lion ate straw like the ox. It was a world where everything, plant, animal, the man, and his wife lived in complete peace and safety. They lived like the Hebrew word would best describe it; they lived in “Shalom.”

Therefore when Adam was commanded not to eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, the very concept of death was unfathomable.

It’s like trying to explain what the moon looks like to a blind man. We can give examples, but it’s like a game of Pictionary where you have to draw something, and you don’t know the meaning of the word. To understand something, we have to know what that word means.

Did Adam truly understand what death meant?

For that matter, did Adam even understand the concept of consequence?

There was no consequence in the garden of Eden; it was a place of shalom. The tranquility and atmosphere of peace shattered when Adam ate the fruit he was commanded not to eat.

When Adam chose to listen to the voice of his wife instead of God, he brought upon himself a curse; he cursed himself.

HE CURSED HIMSELF

Let the ramifications and seriousness of his actions sink in for a moment. He cursed himself. It wasn’t his wife’s fault he got cursed.

IT WASN’T HIS WIFE’S FAULT HE GOT CURSED

There are no adequate words to describe the profoundness of what he did on his own accord. There is a perspective that, if correctly understood, the seriousness of what Adam did begins to reveal itself.

For us to comprehend all this, we need to understand the difference between responsibility and accountability.

Responsibility is defined in Merriam-Webster as:

  • the quality or state of being responsible: such as reliability, trustworthiness
  • something for which one is responsible MW53

Merriam-Webster defines accountability as:

  • the quality or state of being accountable
  • an obligation or willingness to accept responsibility or to account for one’s actions MW54

The difference between these two words may not seem different, and many times are mistaken to be the same thing, but the reality is that these two words have significant differences from a legal context.

For example, if a person booked a room at a hotel, and the children staying behind in the room was looked after by a babysitter. The babysitter became responsible for the children. Now during this time, the babysitter allows the kids to play football in the hotel room, and without any surprise, the ball smashes into the TV and breaks it.

The babysitter was irresponsible, and although the actions of the babysitter contributed to the incident, the person who booked the room is accountable and has to pay for all the damages.

Likewise, the serpent was responsible for allowing Satan to deceive Adam’s wife, but Adam was accountable to the Lord God.

In Genesis 3:6-7, it says.

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasing to the eyes and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate; and she gave to her husband with her, and he ate. Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. So they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. M312

Their eyes were opened when Adam ate, her eyes didn’t open when she ate of the fruit, but both their eyes opened when he ate of the fruit.

If and this is a big hypothetical “if.” If Adam did not eat the fruit, nothing would have happened to his wife or him, because of the covering, which shall be covered no pun intended later.

This chapter highlights a lot of vitally significant pieces of information, each one profound and essential. Without which, the ability to decode and understand the intricacies of the kingdom of God and Heaven will cause scripture to seem confusing and mysterious.

One of these pieces of information is the fact the woman was not cursed by the Lord God but disciplined for her wrongdoing. The entire ownership and accountability of the situation rested on Adam.

THE WOMAN WAS NOT CURSED BY THE LORD GOD

The Lord God said to Adam in Genesis 3:17.

And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’

Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labor you will eat of it all the days of your life. M313

Merriam-Webster defines listen as:

  • to pay attention to sound
  • to hear something with thoughtful attention, give consideration
  • to be alert to catch an expected sound MW55

Let’s analyze this first part before we move forward. Adam listened; he paid attention to the sound of his wife; he paid thoughtful attention to what she said and considered it, at which point he acted upon it.

What Adam did, in essence, wasn’t wrong, but what he did was contrary to the instructions God the Lord Jesus Christ gave him. He listened to her voice, but he failed to be alert and catch the unexpected, the thing that was a contradiction to the command of the Lord.

Jesus was not upset because Adam listened to his wife; he was upset because Adam listened to her and disobeyed Him. He disobeyed the very person that formed him from the dust of the earth, breathed into the dust, and made the body live, the same person that created a wife for him from his flesh and bone.

Adam betrayed Jesus on an epic scale, and because of this, the ground was cursed on account of Adam. It’s hard to fathom and even comprehend, but because of the actions of one man, all the soil of the earth was cursed.

Hidden here is just one profound mystery, which we will unravel by asking this question. Why was the land, the ground of the earth cursed and not Adam?

To begin with, we have to start at Genesis 1:27-28.

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” M314

God blessed them, man and woman, but the land He did not bless as we see in Genesis 1:9-13.

And God said, “Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear.” And it was so. God called the dry ground “land,” and the gathered waters he called “seas.” And God saw that it was good.

Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the third day. M315

The Lord God cannot curse anything God and or Himself has blessed.

In Numbers 22:5-6, we see that Baalam was summoned by Balak to curse the people of Israel.

He sent messengers to Balaam the son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates in the land of the sons of his people, to call him, saying,

“A people went out from Egypt. They cover the face of the earth, and they dwell next to me. And now, please come curse this people for me because they are too mighty for me. Perhaps I will prevail, and we will defeat them, and I will drive them out of the land because I know that he whom you bless is blessed, and he whom you curse is cursed.” M316

Balak knew that whomever Balaam curses will be cursed and whomever he blesses will be blessed. Proverbs 18:21 teaches us that.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. M317

What a profound proverb. When we break this proverb down, we will begin to understand the words the Lord God spoke to Adam.

This proverb has two parts with a conditional statement:

  • Death and life are in the power of the tongue.
  • Will eat its fruit.

Conditional statement:

  • And those who love it.

The tongue has the power of life and death, and to eat the fruit of life or death, the person who hears it must love what’s spoken.

The Lord God said to Adam in Genesis 3:17.

And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ M318

When Adam’s wife ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil, from the tree that in Genesis 2:16-17, the Lord God gave this command to Adam.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” M319

The words she spoke to Adam met the conditional statement of Adam loving it in Proverbs 18:21, and he listened to his wife and ate the fruit.

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit. M320

What did she say?

We don’t know; what we do know is that because of what she said, Adam loved it, and decided to eat the fruit.

In Genesis 3:17, the ground got cursed on account of Adam. It wasn’t because of his wife, and it wasn’t because of the devil or the serpent, it was on account of Adam that the ground got cursed.

And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’

Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labor you will eat of it all the days of your life. M321

Merriam-Webster defines account as:

  • a record of debit and credit entries to cover transactions involving a particular item or a particular person or concern
  • a statement explaining one’s conduct
  • a statement or exposition of reasons, causes, or motives
  • a reason for an action
  • a description of facts, conditions, or events MW56

The ground now had a record of the debt due to Adam’s transgression; it had to cover the cost for Adam because Adam ate the fruit from the tree he was commanded not to eat. It paid the price for Adam’s conduct, for the motives, reasons, actions, and events that took place, the ground was cursed.

Why was the ground cursed on account of Adam?

The answer is in Genesis 2:4-7.

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created.

In the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, no shrub of the field was yet on the earth, and no plant of the field had yet sprouted, for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the earth, and there was no man to cultivate the ground. But a mist arose from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being. M322

Accounting is a huge thing in the Kingdom. Everything in the Kingdom of God and Heaven is accounted for, and so is everything on earth.

In the day when the Lord God created the heavens and the earth, an account was open, and when an account gets opened, all the transactions made got recorded.

There was no plant, no rain, and there was no man!

Then the Lord God formed man from the dust of the ground. Jesus took from the ground dust, and this created a debit transaction for which the account had to be settled.

After Jesus explains to Adam that the ground is cursed because of what he did, He also tells Adam that the debit transaction will be paid or settled as recorded in Genesis 3:19.

By the sweat of your face you will eat bread until you return to the ground, because out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you will return.” M323

Some blunt, stark, harsh, and yet truthful words were spoken to Adam. Sort of a reality check in many terms. Jesus saying, I borrowed some dust from the ground, and now that account, from which I took and created you, will be settled.

The account had to be settled, in Matthew 12:33-37, Jesus tells some men that they also have to give account for everything they speak.

“Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt. For the tree is known by its fruit. O generation of vipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things. And an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word that men speak, they will give an account on the Day of Judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.” M324

A tree is known by its fruit, either good or corrupt. When Adam ate the fruit from the tree of knowledge, he and his wife obtained knowledge of both good and evil. Adam, like a tree, passed this knowledge of good and evil through his seed.

In Genesis 4:1-2, we see that Adam’s seed created two fruits.

Adam had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived, gave birth to Cain and said, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” Then she gave birth again to his brother Abel.

And Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. M325

It’s interesting to notice what was said. Eve gave birth to Cain, and then she gave birth again to Abel.

Eve had twins!

EVE HAD TWINS!

She may not have known it at the time because as soon as she gave birth to Cain, she said, “I have gotten a man with the help of the Lord.” Then she gave birth again to Abel.

The first son of Adam and Eve, Cain was a tiller of the ground, a farmer, and Abel was a keeper of the flocks, a herdsman.

Most of us know what happened next, with Cain killing his younger brother Abel. Later on in Genesis 4:25.

Adam had relations with his wife again, and she had another son and called his name Seth, for she said, “God has granted me another offspring instead of Abel because Cain killed him.” M326

The word offspring is defined in Merriam-Webster as:

  • the product of the reproductive processes of an animal or plant
  • child
  • product, result
  • offshoot MW57

Seth was a product, a child, an offshoot. Another fruit from the tree of Adam.

In Genesis 1:26.

God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness, and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the livestock, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” M327

The man was made after the image and likeness of God.

Adam was modeled from the dust of the ground by the Lord God, based on the template God created.

In Genesis 5:1-3, we see the unfolding of the copying process on earth.

This is the book of the generations of Adam.

In the day when God created man, He made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female. He blessed them and called them Mankind in the day when they were created.

Adam lived a hundred and thirty years and became the father of a son in his own likeness, after his own image, and called his name Seth. M328

Seth was a son in the likeness and image of Adam. In 1 Corinthians 15:44-45, we see a glimpse into this revelation.

It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.

There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. So it is written, “The first man Adam was made a living soul.” The last Adam was made a life-giving spirit. M329

1 Corinthians 15:47-48 expands on this profound revelation with another.

The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second man was the Lord from heaven. As was the man of dust, so are those who are of dust; and as is the man of heaven, so are those who are of heaven. M330

Adam, the first man, was of the earth, from the dust, and since he was from the dust, the land inherited a curse because indirectly the land that he was formed from disobeyed the Lord.

Now, as time progressed, we see that in Genesis 6:5-8.

The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was continually only evil. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and it grieved Him in His heart. So the Lord said, “I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—both man and beast, and the creeping things, and the birds of the sky, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. M331

What’s we’ll notice here is that the Lord God wanted to destroy everything He created from the earth, including the birds, which is different from what God created. Here’s a synopsis of what was covered in the previous book Garden of Eden in the Animals and Birds chapter.

We see what the Lord spoke about in Genesis 6:7, line up with what is recorded in Genesis 2:19.

So the Lord said, “I will destroy man, whom I have created, from the face of the earth—both man and beast, and the creeping things, and the birds of the sky, for I am sorry that I have made them.”  M332

Out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the sky, and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. M333

The only addition to this list is the creeping things. The Lord God did not make any creeping thing, only God, along with the Lord God, and the land did, which is written about in Genesis 1:24-25.

Then God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, and creeping things, and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. So God made the beasts of the earth according to their kind, and the livestock according to their kind, and everything that creeps on the earth according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. M334

So what are the creeping things the Lord God made that He was sorry for?

The answer can be found from the first thing He cursed, in Genesis 3:14 (NIV)

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals!

You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. N11

Because of the curse the serpent received. The serpent went from being a beast in the field or from being livestock to becoming a creeping thing.

In Genesis 7:1-4.

The Lord said to Noah, “You and your entire household go into the ark, for you alone I have seen to be righteous before Me among this generation. Take with you seven each of every clean animal, the male and its female, and two each of every unclean animal, the male and its female, and seven each of birds of the air, the male and female, to keep offspring alive on the face of all the earth. In seven days I will cause it to rain on the earth for forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will destroy from the face of the earth.” M335

So the floodwaters came for forty days and forty nights and stayed for 150 days as we see in Genesis 7:19-24.

The water prevailed exceedingly on the earth, and all the high mountains that were under the whole heaven were covered.  The waters prevailed upward and the mountains were covered fifteen cubits deep. All flesh that moved on the earth died: birds and livestock and beasts, and every creeping thing that crept on the earth, and every man. All in whose nostrils was the breath of life, all that was on the dry land, died. So He blotted out every living thing which was on the face of the ground, both man and animals and the creeping things and the birds of the heavens. They were blotted out from the earth, and only Noah and those who were with him in the ark remained alive.

The waters prevailed on the earth for one hundred and fifty days. M335

Why were they in the ark for 150 days, which is about five months?

Because God forgot about them!

BECAUSE GOD FORGOT ABOUT THEM!

As shocking as it sounds, it’s a fact.

God forgot about Noah and the animals floating across the entire world. The last living beings on the face of the planet.

Think about it; the whole world was covered with water so high that even the tallest mountain was covered with water 15 cubits high, which is about 23 feet almost 7 meters. Noah and the ark were floating there for about 150 days forgotten by God.

But in Genesis 8:1.

God remembered Noah and every living thing and all the livestock that were with him in the ark. So God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the water receded. M336

And because God forgot about Noah and every living creature, He decided to make a rainbow in the sky not only as a covenant not to flood the earth again, but also to remember not to do that again. This is recorded in Genesis 9:12-16.

Then God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations. I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.  When I bring a cloud over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the cloud; then I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh, and the waters will never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. The rainbow will appear in the cloud, and I will see it and remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” M337

Before we move forward, it’s important to highlight who owns the rainbow set in the cloud. That rainbow we see in the cloud when it rains in God’s rainbow.

So we should understand what the rainbow means. The rainbow is used to remind God that He made a covenant not to destroy all living creatures with a flood again, no matter how evil they get.

Where did God set His rainbow?

Genesis 9:13-14 has that fantastic answer.

I have set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth. When I bring a cloud over the earth, the rainbow will be seen in the cloud; M338

Why is all this important, and how is it related to Noah?

The answers are hidden in Matthew 24:37-40.

As were the days of Noah, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Two will be in the field; one will be taken, and the other left. M339

What does this have to do with the rainbow?

That answer is found in Matthew 24:29-30.

“Immediately after the tribulation of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’

“Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. M340

What will happen then?

Just like the flood, people will be taken away as spoken about by Jesus in Matthew 24:38-41.

For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. Two will be in the field; one will be taken, and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken, and the other left. M341

The ones that will be taken are similar to the ones that were taken in the days of Noah. The reason for this is simple. The millennium reign of Christ will be with those that are left behind, and with those that are left behind, Jesus said this in Matthew 24:45-51.

“Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his master has made ruler over his household to give them food at the appointed time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you that he will make him ruler over all his goods. But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master delays his coming,’ and begins to strike his fellow servants and eat and drink with the drunkards, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not look for him and in an hour he is not aware of and will cut him in pieces and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. M342

Why do some remain when the others are taken away?

Noah has the answer, and that’s recorded in Genesis 6:8.

But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord. M343

Those that remain on the earth have found grace in the eyes of the Lord; it will be the second reset. The first reset was after the flood when Noah not only found grace in the eyes of the Lord but also after the flood. It was when he offered burnt offerings that appeased the Lord.

In Genesis 8:20-22, the land was lifted, and the land was reset.

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offerings on the altar. The Lord smelled a soothing aroma; and the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground because of man, for the inclination of man’s heart is evil from his youth, nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.

While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease.” M344

The Lord realized that the inclination of man’s heart is evil, and because of that, He would not curse the ground again.

So, no longer did the man have to labor hard in the field or eat only the plants, as was the original curse and instruction in Genesis 3:17-18.

And to Adam He said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it,’

Cursed is the ground on account of you; in hard labor you will eat of it all the days of your life.

Thorns and thistles it will bring forth for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. M345

So just like how the Lord God gave the man Adam this command in Genesis 2:16-17.

And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you will surely die.” M346

The Lord God gave this instruction to Noah in Genesis 9:3-4.

Every moving thing that lives will be food for you. I give you everything, just as I gave you the green plant.

“Only you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, its blood. M347