Slaves were used to work the plantations in the Southern States of America. This traditional song, is a prayer born out of their suffering.
What became known as the ‘Triangle Trade,’ saw ships sailing out of Bristol, bound for the west coast of Africa. Glass beads, mirrors and cheap trinkets were exchanged by the traders for the lives of African men, women and children. These wretched human cargoes were then transported to the West Indies, and America, where those who survived the voyages were bartered into slavery for commodities such as tobacco, coffee, cocoa, and cotton. As the city of Bristol, and the nation, profited from the proceeds of injustice, a curse would have been incurred by all those involved, and passed on to their descendants:
‘Cursed is he who twists the right-ruling of the stranger, the fatherless, and widow.’ Debarim/Dueteronomy 27:19.
Observing the commands of scripture inevitably attracts blessings for us and our descendants. Curses, conversely, are either self inflicted through disobedience, rash words, or inherited through the sins of our fathers. (Debarim 5:9&10, Mattithyahu 12:34-37 & 27:25).
As no curse can come without a cause, Mishle/Proverbs 26:2, understanding and addressing the cause, will enable curses to be revoked. (Blessings and curses are presented in Debarim/Dueteronomy 27&28).
Indications of a curse: (Not exhaustive).
1. Mental illness, confusion, unreasonable fears.
2. Prolonged disorders, addictions, sexual pervertions, anger.
3. Barrenness, miscarriages, reproductive problems.
4. Family breakdown/estrangements. Missing children.
5. Continuing material insufficiency, crop failure, drought.
6. Successive accidents, injuries, disasters, plagues.
7. Defeat, pillage, plunder, rape, captivity, subjugation.
8. Premature, violent, or unnatural death. Suicide.
Note: Generational/ancestral curses will show an hereditary trait within a family, clan, tribe or nation.
The commandments signpost the way of life and exist to protect us. Disregarding them has a consequence as inevitable as motoring on the wrong side of the road. Yahushua said: “I am the door. Whoever enters through Me, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out and find pasture. The thief (Satan) does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they might possess life, and that they might possess it beyond measure. I am the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep.” Yohanan/John 10:9-11.
Abundant, flourishing, joyful, everlasting life, free from the curse of sin, is therefore available to all who repent of wickedness and accept Yahushua:
‘The Messiah redeemed us from the curse (the penalty for sin) of the Torah, having become a curse for us – for it has been written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs upon a tree.” – in order that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the nations in Messiah Yahushua, to receive the promise of the Spirit through belief.’ Galatians 3:13&14. Please also see Debarim/Dueteronomy 21:22&23.
Dani’el Chapter 9. As Dani’el was reading the scriptures, he observed from Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 25, that Yisra’el’s disobedience had incurred a curse, which was responsible for their captivity. He therefore set himself to intercede, and began by confessing his own sin, the sins of his fathers, and those of his nation. Dani’el’s prayers are a precedent. Repentance is essential for forgiveness. Only then can the enemy’s legal hold over peoples’ lives be successfully challenged, curses broken, and captives released. “First bind the strong man.” Mattithyahu 12:22-30, Mark 3:22-27, Luke 11:5-26.
Repenting of wickedness/disobedience and placing our trust in Yahushua, equips us spiritually to bind the strong man of Satan, to renounce any relevant sin (e.g. idolatry, occult involvement, disrespect to parents, or any breach of the commandments), to cast out demons, and to revoke any corresponding curse operating in our lives.
“Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” Mattithyahu/Matthew 18:18.