The assumption of this blog is that you readers have done a significant amount of generational cleansing already. There is an abundance of teaching available in the Body of Christ on generational sin, rebellion, iniquity, curses and covenants.
In SLG, we have added to that the dynamic of releasing trauma bonds to time and to land which can be quite generational as well.
However, most people do not address the issue of cleansing blessings because we think of blessings as being good.
Walk with me through the story of Levi. He was a Teacher, not a Giver, but He provides one of the clearest pictures in Scripture of cursed blessings.
The story begins with Simeon and Levi violating covenant and committing genocide in Shechem.
Fast forward a few decades to the death of Jacob when he curses their anger and says they will be scattered in Israel as a result of their act of genocide.
About 450 years later, when the land of Canaan was divided up, Simeon got dumped into Judah’s land and essentially got absorbed by Judah. Levi also got scattered in Israel, but they got prime land and remained a distinct tribe.
In between the pronouncement of the curse and the distribution of the land, Levi was the only tribe that responded to Moses’ call for help in the incident of the golden calf.
At that time the national calling to be a kingdom of priests to the nations of the world was lost to Israel and the entire calling was deposited in the tribe of Levi.
So at the division of the land, Levi had a curse and a blessing, and both manifested with the blessing muting the pain of the curse. Simeon had a curse only, and they got the full impact of it.
Moving forward to the post-exilic generation, God had this to say about the Levites.
“And now this admonition is for you, O priests. If you do not listen, and if you do not set your heart to honor my name,” says the LORD Almighty, “I will send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings. Yes, I have already cursed them, because you have not set your heart to honor me. Because of you I will rebuke your descendants; I will spread on your faces the offal from your festival sacrifices, and you will be carried off with it. And you will know that I have sent you this admonition so that my covenant with Levi may continue,” says the LORD Almighty. “My covenant was with him, a covenant of life and peace, and I gave them to him; this called for reverence and he revered me and stood in awe of my name. True instruction was in his mouth and nothing false was found on his lips. He walked with me in peace and uprightness, and turned many from sin. For the lips of a priest ought to preserve knowledge, and from his mouth men should seek instruction— because he is the messenger of the LORD Almighty. But you have turned from the way and by your teaching have caused many to stumble; you have violated the covenant with Levi,” says the LORD Almighty. “So I have caused you to be despised and humiliated before all the people, because you have not followed my ways but have shown partiality in matters of the law.” Malachi 2:1-9 NIV
So Levi started out in neutral. He got a curse from Jacob, a blessing from Moses and a curse from God that was specifically a curse on his blessings.
Fortunately the story does not end there. In Ezekiel 48 God reapportions the land, and at that time, Levi’s blessing is finally cleansed of the curses and the tribe is allocated prime land, all in one place, in the center of the nation.
There are three principles I derive from that. First, a blessing can be cursed. Most of us go through life with the curses and blessings both functional. If you have more curses than blessings, you feel the devouring quite acutely. But if you have blessings at +60 and curses at -30, you cruise along, thinking you are doing pretty well.
In reality, your blessings are cursed, and you are receiving only a fraction of what God desires you to receive.
Second, as noted in Malachi, and through the whole story of Levi, the curses on your blessings can be generational, even though your generational heritage includes a covenantal blessing. Thus your blessings, whether generational or from your walk, can be cursed by things your forefathers have done.
Now, moving away from Levi back to Israel, the Giver nation, they are a classic case of cursed blessings over the generations. They have a covenant and a blessing, but it sure is marred and reduced by all the curses that exist on their blessings.
Third, curses do not have to stay. The fact that God completely stripped the tribe of Levi of the curse that had attached to them for thousands of years suggests that in at least some, if not all cases, we can strip the curses off our blessings so as to let them flow at maximum capacity, as seen in the restoration picture in Ezekiel.
Please join me in cleansing the curses off the blessings in the Giver tribe.
Copyright October 2015 by Arthur Burk
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