In Galatians 3:13 Paul says “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, cursed is every one that hangs on a tree.”
Healed From Every Curse
Thus says the Lord: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’” So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
2 Kings 2:20-22
Elisha was in Jericho soon after he had witnessed Elijah being taken to heaven. During that time, the men who lived in the city brought a complaint before him. They said that even though their city outwardly appeared to be pleasant to the eye, the reality was just the opposite as its water was polluted and the land was infertile and barren and people struggled to grow anything on it..
Jericho was an accursed city because of the curse spoken by Joshua: “Cursed be the man before the Lord who rises up and builds this city Jericho; he shall lay its foundation with his firstborn, and with his youngest he shall set up its gates.” Joshua 6:26
Just as Joshua had spoken, in King Ahab’s time, Hiel of Bethel rebuilt Jericho by laying its foundations at the cost of his firstborn son and he set up its gates at the cost of his youngest son, in complete fulfillment of Joshua’s words. (1 Kings 16:34)
When Elisha heard of the hopeless plight of this land, he asked the men to bring him a new bowl with some salt in it. When they brought it to him, he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” And according to the words of blessing spoken by Elisha, the water has remained pure to this day.
Our lives were once the same as the accursed city of Jericho – barren, unproductive and devoid of fruit. It may have been a hereditary curse or perhaps the result of years of bitterness and unforgiveness in our hearts, or due to the many difficulties in our lives that have caused frustration and disappointment.
Whatever the cause of barrenness, Jesus alone is able to change our lives like the new bowl with life-giving salt. When we go to the source of the living water and have His presence and His Spirit within us, there will be no more barrenness but productivity, growth and abundance of fruit.
Dear Lord, I come to You in Jesus’ name. Thank You for Your blood that has rescued me from the curse pronounced by the law. Thank You for your blood that has made me holy and blameless. Amen.
God bless you, Theo and Manju