Scripture: Genesis 3:17-19

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.


Here is a summary of what I learned about the implications of our main scripture for today: the ground would be cursed, rather than readily yielding crops as seeds were sown, as had been the case in the garden up until this point. As he goes about his everyday business, Adam will go through a lot of pain till the ground produces edible crops. And he will be plagued by this curse for the rest of his days.

Let’s talk about “The Implications of the Curse on Adam.”

 1. “Unto dust shall thou return”: Death came to Adam, bringing an end to all his activities and achievements on this earth. Adam was cursed to turn back into dust.

 2. “Cursed is the ground for thy sake”: Work was going to be hard labour. The ground was cursed, and every job was to be difficult henceforth.

 3. “In sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life”: Sorrow was to now be a part of life on this earth. Sadness, sorrow, crying, grief, misery are all manifestations of the curse on this earth. Adam and his descendants would now eat, drink, and live on earth, in sorrow.

 4. “Thorns and thistles shall it bring to thee”: Pain, hurt and brokenness were to be a part of Adam’s life. Thorns would prick him, and thistles would hurt him continually as he worked on the field.

 5. “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread”: Every job was to come with intense labour and sweat. No career, no work would come without a struggle, hustle, suffering, labour, and toil. There would be no prosperity without sweat.

 It is important to understand that A Curse Creates a Picture! Every curse creates an unmistakable picture!

The curse on Adam was a curse that affected all men. All men are cursed to sweat and toil with little fruit. A curse creates a picture! To recognize a curse, you must know the picture it creates!

 The curse on man creates the unmistakeable picture of toil and sweat that yields little fruit.

 The curse on women creates the unmistakeable picture of sorrow, disappointment and struggles with husbands and children.

 The curse on Jews creates the unmistakeable picture of worldwide inexplicable hatred, scattering and persecution.

The curse on Jew haters creates the picture of inexplicable ultimate defeat and humiliation.

 The curse on black people creates the inexplicable picture of servanthood, poor leadership, poverty, and insignificance.

 A trained medical doctor will notice certain symptoms and signs because he is trained to recognize the picture of a disease. It is an unmistakeable picture to him because he is trained to see it. In the same way, you will now recognize the picture of the curse when you see it. Your trained eyes will pick out the unmistakeable picture that shows that a curse is working.

 The Fulfilment of the Curse of Adam

 Adam was cursed by God for his disobedience and his allegiance to the devil. The curse turned the earth into a place of frustration, producing a lot of labour, pain, frustration, and disappointment. Listen carefully to the words spoken in this curse. “In the sweat of thy face shall thou eat bread.” This curse means there is going to be a lot of labour that will produce little fruit. Also, there is going to be frustration, as the ground will need so much effort in order to make it yield anything.

 The next thing guaranteed by the curse was pain and disappointment. How disappointing and frustrating it is to produce thorns and thistles instead of apples and oranges. This is why frustration, disappointments and futility characterize all human activity and work on this earth.

men will discover the disappointing nature of work in this life. This is what Solomon discovered for himself. Even he, the richest man on earth, was unable to escape the network of disappointments, frustration, hard labour, and pain that is found on this earth.

 Finally, this is why parents want their children to be educated. Parents know that life on earth is very difficult; and it is even more difficult without education. Even with an education life is not easy at all, no matter where you live. Solomon described life on earth as an experience in futility and continuous grasping. This endless futility, accompanied by endless searching, is a curse.


Dear Lord! Thank you for the wisdom to identify and be aware of these curses on earth. We receive grace to neutralize these curses through the revelational knowledge of your Word, amen.

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Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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