“Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse (accursed – without hope of pardon or redemption) for us . . . . For it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree . . . !”
Galatians 3:13 & ref: Deuteronomy 21:23
“Who His Own Self bare our sins (faithless transgression of God’s Law) in His Own body on the tree . . . . so that we being now dead to sins, should live unto righteousness . . . and by Whose stripes ye were healed !” I Peter 2:24, Romans 6:1-6 & Isaiah 53:4-6
ref: I John 3:4-8 & Romans 14:23
Written by: E. J. Waggoner
“A friend asks us concerning the curse in Deut. 27:23, against a man marrying his mother-in-law, wishing to know if that prohibition is still in force, or if it is part of the law that was nailed to the cross of Christ.
He says, “Does all from the 14th verse to the end of the chapter stand good, except the 23rd verse? If so, why?”
We say most emphatically, None of it has passed away. The words at the close of the chapter: “Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the Words of this law to do them,” apply to all the precepts therein recorded, without exception. There is no more reason for saying that verse 23 does not apply now, than there is for saying that the 15th verse (idolatry) is out of date.
To say that these verses are part of that which Christ took out of the way, nailing them to His cross, is equivalent to saying that Christ is the minister of sin. For even heathen nations recognize the fact that to set light by one’s father or his mother (dishonors – see verse 16) is a sin. If this law is done away, then it would follow that it is all right for one to smite his neighbor, provided he does it in such a way as not to be found out. See verse 24.
No; these curses are in full force to-day, and it is as surely a sin for one to marry his mother-in-law, as it is to make a graven image to worship, to smite a man secretly, or to take a reward to slay an innocent person. The curses recorded in Deut. 27:15-26, are all for violation of some one or other of the Ten Commandments. This can be seen by an examination of the passage itself and also by comparing verses 11-14 with Deut. 11:26-29.
Note: The 10 Commandments are the divine will of God set forth in the clearest and most simple of terms. And the instructions then given by Jehovah (Yehuwah) to and through Moses, are but the detailed fine print for those who may need clearer explanation. In example is the prohibition against adultery, for under this single command can be found every other admonition to moral purity. And in the command not to steal, is found the very essence of God’s instructions on tithing and offerrings (ref: Malachi 3:6-12 & 4:1-6).
The latter passage reads thus: “Behold, I set before you this day a Blessing and a curse; a Blessing, if ye obey the Commandments of the LORD your God, which I command you this day; and a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way (path of righteousness – John 14:6) which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known.
And it shall come to pass, when the LORD thy God hath brought thee in unto the land whither thou goest to possess it, that thou shalt put the Blessing upon mount Gerizim, and the curse upon mount Ebal.”
Now by reading Deut. 27:11-14, we find that the curses which follow were to be pronounced in harmony with the above injunction, and with the statement that God set a curse before those who should transgress His Commandments.
The simple fact is, and it should be remembered by all, that no man can be blessed now for doing what would once have brought him under the curse of God. God’s will is ever the same. He never pronounced a curse upon any thing except sin, and no one was ever cursed except for sin. And since God cannot change, the standard of right and wrong must ever be the same.
Whatever would bring a man under the curse of God four thousand years ago, will bring one under that same curse today. Wherever in the Bible you find a curse attached to the performance of a certain thing, be assured that that thing is to be always and forever avoided by the children of men.” ref: Galatians 3:10-14 & Romans 7:10-14 & 8:1-11
September 15, 1887 EJW, SITI 566.11}