Curses and fulfilling the law

This morning I’ve had a fresh reminder of what Jesus has done for us as I look at Galatians 3.

God promised Abraham that all nations would be blessed through him because of his faith (Gal 3:9). This promise was given before the law of Moses was written.

Yet in Deut 27:26, we read in the Mosaic law that

Cursed be anyone who does not confirm the words of this law by doing them.

This means that every single human is cursed, including those trying to keep the law, because no man can keep the law perfectly.

Despite what the law spoke of in the Torah, Habakkuk 2:4 prophetically speaks of another way:

Behold his soul is puffed up, it is not upright within him, but the righteous shall live by his faith.

Jesus fulfilled the whole law - the only human to ever do so. Therefore he was the only human to not be cursed by failing to keep the law. Yet he still became a curse anyway by death on the cross (Deut 21:23). By faith in Jesus, God’s promise to Abraham and Habakkuk’s prophecy are fulfilled. We are all invited to have faith in Jesus which is our gift of salvation.