The Thorns

It is written by THE SPIRIT in Genesis chapter 3:

17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:

​​​“Cursed is the ground for your sake;

​​In toil you shall eat of it

​​All the days of your life.

18 ​​Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,

​​And you shall eat the herb of the field.

19 ​​In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread

​​Till you return to the ground,

​​For out of it you were taken;

​​For dust you are,

​​And to dust you shall return.”

Thorns represent the curse that came upon man when he fell.  Thistles represent useless plants.  The Hebrew word for thorn is derived from the removal of fruit resulting in wounding and bleeding.  I believe we get the picture of the curse upon man.  We have often heard of reversing the curse which denotes elapsed time but I say to you Jesus removed the curse at the cross.

“In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread” indicates eating bread will be the result of painful toil in the fields.  This curse suggests to us that scarcity will exist because of the amount of work required simply to eat.  Yet Jesus was not subject to this curse when He fed the 5,000 with five loaves and two fishes.  He was not subject to time delay in growing, harvesting, milling the flour, and baking.  On the contrary, He relied on His relationship and directives by FATHER to multiply the food for the multitudes.

Proverbs 22:5  Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse;
He who guards his soul will be far from them.

The curse is a snare to those who live according to the flesh and we are instructed to guard our soul so that we can be free from the curse.  How can we be free?  By embracing the work of the cross where Jesus took authority over the curse of Genesis chapter 3.  By THE SPIRIT Isaiah prophesied of that day in chapter 10:

17  So the Light of Israel will be for a fire,
And his Holy One for a flame;
It will burn and devour
His thorns and his briers in one day.

In Matthew 27, little did the soldiers know that they were doing their part in fulfilling the prophecies concerning the curse:

29  When they had twisted a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand. And they bowed the knee before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”

Jesus took the curse upon His head as a crown.  The crown represents authority over a kingdom and in this case it represents the world.  Jesus bore the weight of the curse in its entirety and took complete authority over the curse once and for all.  In one day the curse was removed just as in one day it was established.  We should accept the removal of the curse and embrace this reality.  The world would have us believe that there are curses in play today and we must constantly deal with those curses.  Let us proclaim the Blood of Jesus Christ over any curse attempting to plague us today.  By accepting the crown of thorns, Jesus has full authority over all curses thus we should submit to this highest authority and accept nothing less.

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