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Curse or Judgment. Did God Cause Coronavirus or Not?

A Curse in the Bible is not always easy to understand. Be careful. Here are some principles to help you. Don’t misinterpret Coronavirus as God’s curse.

Curse. The Serpent is cursed about every other animal. The ground is cursed for Adam’s sake.
Curse. The Serpent is cursed about every other animal. The ground is cursed for Adam’s sake.

Curse of the Serpent

Genesis 3:14

And the LORD God said to the serpent, because you have done this, you are cursed (H779) above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; on your belly (H1512) shall you go, and dust shall you eat all the days of your life:

H779

אָרַר ʼârar aw-rar’; a primitive root; to execrate:

KJV — ⨯ bitterly curse.

Leviticus 11:42

Whatsoever goes on the belly, (H1512) and whatsoever goes on all four, or whatsoever has more feet among all creeping things that creep on the earth, them you shall not eat; for they are an abomination (H8263).

H8263

שֶׁקֶץ sheqets sheh’-kets; from H8262 (שָׁקַץ); filth, i.e. (figuratively and specifically) an idolatrous object:

KJV — abominable(-tion).

Revelation 17:4–5

And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations (G946) and filthiness of her fornication:

And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON (G897) THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS (G946) OF THE EARTH.

G946

βδέλυγμα bdelugma bdel’-oog-mah; From G948; a detestation that is (specifically) idolatry:

KJV — abomination.

  1. God allows the Serpent to be both idolized and to have great riches, as with the mystery woman. The point being, fame and fortune are not necessarily the sign of a blessing or cursing. It could be either, and we have to be very careful with our interpretation. In Revelation, we see the abomination is rich and sumptuous. There’s a rise to a crescendo that impresses people worldwide. To the point, that this curse looks like the blessing of blessings. The Bible is not against prosperity, but beware of its outright pursuit and especially how we consider it. The fall, in the case of Babylon, is abrupt and instantaneous. That fall is also part of, and indeed, can be the result of a curse. In this case, it’s part of the prophecy in Genesis 3:15, her seed (the woman) shall bruise your (the Serpent’s) head.
  2. This curse is ongoing, all the days of your life (Gen. 3:14). In other words, It is not necessarily a onetime event. So, we have to be careful, interpreting natural or any other disaster or event, like COVID-19, an earthquake, tsunami, floods, or forest fires. They are not necessarily curses from God.

Curse on humankind’s sustenance

Genesis 3:17

And to Adam he said, Because you have hearkened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed (H779) is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;

Genesis 4:11

And now are you (Cain) cursed (H779) from the earth, which has opened her mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand;

Genesis 8:21

And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse (H7043) the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.

Genesis 5:29

And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD had cursed (H779).

Genesis 9:25

And he said, Cursed (H779) be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brethren.

Genesis 12:33

And I will bless them that bless you (Abraham), and curse (H7043) him that curse you: and in you shall all families of the earth be blessed.

Genesis 27:12–13

12 My father (Isaac) peradventure will feel me, and I (Jacob) shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse (H7045) upon me, and not a blessing.

13 And his mother (Rebekah) said to him, Upon me be your curse (H7045), my son: only obey my voice, and go fetch me them.

Genesis 27:29

Let people serve you (Joseph), and nations bow down to you: be lord over your brethren, and let your mother’s sons bow down to you: cursed (H779) be every one that curses (H779) you, and blessed be he that blesses you.

Genesis 49:7

Cursed (H779) be their (Simeon and Levi) anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.

How humans, and God, function.

Acts 14:16–17

16 Who (God) in times past suffered all nations to walk in their own ways. (Sam, a confirmation that God lets nations CHOOSE their own philosophy of life. Each nation has its own identity, and God allows such choices.)

17 Nevertheless he left not himself without witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.

God can and does curse.

A wise man once said, Teach you me, what I do not know.

  1. Inventory of the Universe
  2. Audit of the Universe
  3. Audit of Humankind
  4. Origin of the Universe (Commentary on Genesis 1)
  5. Origin of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 1:26–2:7)
  6. Origin of Woman (Commentary on Genesis 2:8–25)
  7. Agony of Humankind (Commentary on Genesis 3)

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