Mark 16:7 But go, tell His disciples – and Peter – that He is going before you into Galilee; there you will see Him, as He said to you.
Do you see this? “His disciples and Peter.” Is Peter no longer one of Jesus’ disciples?
This is evidence that there is great power in the spoken word. Three times Peter denied that he knew Jesus. But, by the third time Mark records that he began to curse and swear that he did not know Him.
Numbers 23:8 “How shall I curse whom God has not cursed? And how shall I denounce whom the Lord has not denounced?”
The story behind this is that Balak, king of Moab, brought in a prophet of sorts named Balaam and asked him to curse Israel. But what does it mean to curse?
- Jesus said to bless those who curse you. How are they cursing you?
- Peter, the third time he denied Jesus, cursed. What kind of words did he say?
Please understand cursing. We often misinterpret it as speaking bad words. The “s” word for taking a dump is just dirty and often used as a slang that is unaccepted by many in our culture. So, cursing is not a dirty mouth.
Nor is cursing to cast some kind of magical spell like a Harry Potter or Bewitched. There is power behind it but it is not magical.
But, when we damn someone or wish that God would do the damning then we are speaking them harm. That is a curse.
What Peter did when he cursed was to speak in terms to wish the accusers harm, wish Jesus harm or even wish himself harm – much like when we say, “stick a needle in my eye.”
By the way, I have experienced the lives of many people who lived up the the curses that were spoken over them such as “you will end up in prison,” “you will not amount to anything,” “you will be pregnant by the time you are 15,” “you’ll never get a good job.”
It would seem that the power in our words are so great that Peter was able to verbally curse his way out of discipleship.
Be careful with your words. They have mental and spiritual ramifications.
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