An Idea Borrowed

Years ago on a radio program someone shared that they read a chapter in Proverbs every day. Since there are 31 chapters and the longest month has 31 days it allows you to read through Proverbs on a regular basis. I use it as the launch pad for my personal worship time and branch out from there. On this blog I will try to share some of the insights I have in the Word. I will try to organize them in the archive by reference.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Teflon Curses

(Pro 26:2 KJV) As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come.

We seem to be returning to an era of superstition. The occult is coming out of the closet. Darkness is in. One place I see it is in my reading. I woke up to reading in the 7th grade when I discovered science fiction in the school library. Although I read more than science fiction today, it is still my favorite. The problem is that fantasy has invaded the field. The way that relates to this verse in Proverbs is the “curse” (7045). In fantasy people are always throwing curses. They may be called different things but they involve some invoking of magic to bring harm to other people. It is safe to assume that curses are linked in some way to the devil and his minions, even if the people throwing them would claim otherwise.

In a culture of superstition people often worry about a “curse” (7045). The bad news is that Proverbs does not deny they exist. The good news is that evidently we don’t need to worry about it much. We don’t need to worry about charms and amulets and other bits of superstitious mumbo jumbo because greater is He who is in you.... If there is no “cause” (2600) {24:28} then the curse has no power. If we are living the way God wants us to live there will be no cause.

It will not "come" (alight NASB) (935) on you. Have you ever tried to write on greasy paper with a cheap pin. It doesn’t work. That is the curse on the faithful. Does this mean that it might alight on someone else? A bird keeps going until it finds a place to stop. Are there curses out there waiting to land? Can a curse go back and land on the person who gave it? Are these nonsense questions?

Does this mean that if it is deserved, it will definitely land on us? That certainly gives us a reason to live holy lives.

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