People are happy to be blessed of God, but very unhappy to be cursed of HIm. Indeed, they are surprised that God could curse those He has made; especially a God of love (1 John 4:8). But the Bible does not lie (John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:20). God does not lie (Exodus 34:6: Psalm 31:5; Isaiah 65:16). His Son is the way, the truth and the life (John 14:6). However, we need only look at certain passages in the Old Testament to discover that God does curse those who disobey Him (Deuteronomy 28:15-68).
People are not happy that God can do what He *likes with them, the earth and the universe – all of them made by Him (Colossians 1:16). They are His, but it is not His desire that people should perish (2 Peter 3:9). He is a God of mercy, a God of forgiveness, a God of compassion (Micah 7:18, 19), and yes, a God of love (1 John 4:8). He saves a **people for Himself, but those who are not saved are destined for ***hell.
God is Sovereign; He is just and righteous (Psalm 11:7; Isaiah 30:18). He can only do what is right, and He must punish sinners (Genesis 18:25; Exodus 32:34). He ****blesses those who love Him, and conversely He curses those who hate Him (Leviticus 24:15, 16). He has every right to bless and to curse. Who are we to judge Him? Jesus tells us not to judge others; for when we do, we judge ourselves (Matthew 7:1; Luke 6:37). God is the Judge of the universe. He is also King of the universe (John 18:36, 37). Only He is capable of righteous judgment, to pronounce one guilty or not guilty (Revelation 20:11-15).
God exonerates the elect. He finds them not guilty of rebellion, and He remembers their sins no more (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:12, 17). He sees them as He sees His Son who became a curse for them and suffered in their place for their redemption (2 Corinthians 5:21). Through this act of mercy God’s justice is satisfied.
For the integrity of His justice He must punish the unrighteous who are not saved by grace. They will not join the elect in the kingdom of God; instead they will find themselves with the cursed in hell (Revelation 20:11-15; 21:8). Paul the Apostle in 1 Corinthians 6: 9 and 10 tells us who they are: ‘Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, not idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.’
None of them shall enter the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:22-27).
The Curses of God
Moses spoke to God’s special people (Deuteronomy 26:18) the commands of God (v16). In Deuteronomy 28:15 Moses said, “But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the LORD your God, to observe carefully all the commandments and the statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you (Deuteronomy 28:15).”
Thereupon he enumerated the curses and punishments that would come upon the disobedient (Deuteronomy 28:16-68).
In Galatians 3:10-14 Paul tells us that those who are under the law are cursed. They are not justified ‘in the sight of God (v 11), but Christ, ‘having become a curse’ redeemed those with faith in Him. He took upon Himself the full penalty of God’s curse so that the blessing of Abraham would come upon them (Genesis 12:1-3).
God does not curse His New Testament people, i.e., His Church; instead He blesses them (Ephesians 1:3), and He bestows upon them His favour and grace.
If you are not a Christian, take heart; repent and believe (Mark 1:15), and you will receive God’s blessings.
* Free Will and the Sovereignty of God
** Who are the Church? [The People of God]
**** The Blessed of God