I'm talking about The Curse. The one God put on us and the whole earth when Adam and Eve first sinned.
For the woman the curse was painful childbirth, her desire would be for her husband and her husband would rule over her.
For the man it was that he would have to painfully toil in order to eat. There would be thorns and thistles and he would eat by the sweat of his brow.
And of course, death. We would die.
So what do we have? Epidurals and all kinds of interventions to provide almost a painless childbirth. The Women's Liberation Movement telling women they don't need to submit to their husbands. And I don't know what the desire for her husband means. That doesn't sound like a bad thing. But I have heard that it has to do with women wanting to control their husbands. I also think it could be that so many women think that their husband can meet all of their needs and look to him for more than they should.
Anyway, so then for the men we have air conditioned John Deer tractors with DVD players and who knows what all. The men who actually work the soil are doing so in grand style. And there is genetic alteration of produce to make it easier to grow and to decrease the labor needed.
And constant attempts to cure death. People spend their lives fighting death. But as soon as a cure is found for one thing, something new comes along. Ever notice that?
We are cursed. And there is nothing we can do about it. The only one who can lift the curse is the one who placed it. God. He has overcome death through the resurrection of His Son, but we won't taste fully of that resurrection in these bodies. Truth is, we still must die. But there is coming a day when no one will die. When there will be no more weeds, or sweat, or pain. The curse is temporary. But not because of our efforts.
This is just something I think about whenever I hear about scientific attempts to find a cure for something. I am not against that, by any means. But it is, in the long run, futile. There will always be something around that is killing people.
Rev 22:2-4 says: "On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads."
But until then, all of creation groans, awaiting the day. Rom. 8:22