Deuteronomy 21: The Curse

Deuteronomy 21: The Curse August 29, 2012

“22 If someone guilty of a capital offense is put to death and their body is exposed on a pole, 23 you must not leave the body hanging on the pole overnight. Be sure to bury it that same day, because anyone who is hung on a pole is under God’s curse.” -Deuteronomy 21:22-24

One of the many laws given in Deuteronomy 21 is to not leave a body on a pole or tree overnight. Why? It would desecrate the land. The people would then be under God’s curse.

Interestingly, at the crucifixion of Jesus, he hung on a tree and became a curse for us. He took the punishment for the sins of all humanity. Why? To allow us the opportunity to receive the forgiveness of sins, beginning a new life with him that extends into eternity (John 3:16).

Many wear a cross around their neck, yet fail to realize the significance of the symbol. It is the mark of death, of a curse, that Jesus took in our place. We dare not forget the price he paid, but rather worship him for the perfect love only the Son of God could offer.

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