The Bible is full of blessings and curses. Jesus utters them both. Many of His blessings are in the form of beatitudes. “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8). The opposite is the pronouncement of woe. “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs which on the outside appear beautiful, but inside they are full of dead men’s bones and all uncleanness. So you, too, outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness” (Matthew 23:27-28).
Jesus follows the pattern of the Old Testament. There were blessings in following God. “Blessed shall you be in the city, and blessed shall you be in the country” (Deuteronomy 28:3). We’ll take that for sure.
The opposite was also true. “Cursed is he who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them” (Deuteronomy 27:26). We do not like such statements, especially if they apply to us. Those who are particularly heinous villains deserve to be cursed. In fact, we’ll curse them ourselves.
In this, we step over the line. We may say some people are praiseworthy and others are blameworthy. But should we, can we, actually bless and curse? Isn’t this the prerogative of Christ? He is the King of kings. He is the true Master of the Universe.
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