Go Ahead and Drink the Curse
This devotional is a tad strange. The title alone is a bit confusing. I hope you will follow closely to understand there is a deeper meaning behind the message. Think about being the Bride of Jesus-Yeshua and getting out of covenant with him. This message is about a bride committing adultery with another man and drinking a bitter curse.
In the book of Numbers 5:12-22 CJB, It tells of how HaShem informs the children of Israel that if a wife goes astray and cheats on her husband, or if he suspects she has and becomes jealous with a spirit of jealousy, then the man shall bring his wife to the priest. “And the Cohen (priest) shall bring her near, and set her before HaShem (God). ‘The Cohen shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.”
Then the Cohen shall stand the woman before HaShem, uncover the woman’s head, and put the offering for remembering in her hands, which is the grain offering of jealousy. And the Cohen shall have in his hand the bitter water that brings a curse. This should remind you of the children of Israel and the golden calves they erected while Moses was on the mount. (Exodus 32:20 NIV) “And he took the calf the people had made and burned it in the fire; then he ground it to powder, scattered it on the water and made the Israelites drink it.”
They drank bitter water too. The same token is found in this story. Let’s continue with the woman who may have gone astray.
“And the Cohen shall put her under oath, and say to the woman, “If no man has lain with you, and if you have not gone astray to uncleanness while under your husband’s authority, be free from this bitter water that brings a curse.
“But if you have gone astray while under your husband’s authority, and if you have defiled yourself and some man ‘then the Cohen shall put the woman under the oath of the curse, and he shall say to the woman–” HaShem make you a curse and an oath among your people, when HaShem makes your thigh rot and your belly swell “and may this water that causes the curse go into your stomach, and make your belly swell and your thigh rot.” Then the woman shall say, “Amen, so be it”…
Yes, you read it correctly!
The Cohen-Priest would write these curses on a scroll, and he would scrape them off into the bitter water. Then he would make the woman drink the bitter water that brings a curse. Oh, my!
The woman was commanded by the Lord to drink up the bitter water. The words were written and placed into the water, curses. However, if she had been faithful, the curses couldn’t hurt her. If the husband erred, the curse was void. But she still had to drink the bitter cup.
Jesus/Yeshua drank from a bitter cup, and he was innocent. The woman may have been innocent too. I am thankful that Jesus/Yeshua took our curse and drank our bitter water. All our sins were washed in the water, and all our nakedness was covered by His blood. Now when the enemy drags you before the priest, you are covered.
“Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will” (Mark 14:36 NASB).
He told Peter, “Shall I not drink the cup the Father has given me?” (John 18:11 NIV).
The bitter water given to the bride that caused the stomach to swell was actually a curse that implied if the woman were guilty or pregnant by another man, she would miscarry (Thigh rot) or become barren. This was a grave curse indeed in that period. Ironic that all the great patriarch’s wives appeared to everyone as if they were under a curse. Sarah’s womb was dead until she was ninety-nine years old. Rebekah, Rachel, and Hannah all cried out for the Lord to open their wombs.
This Law of bitter water was set up by the Father and put into place for women. Back then a husband could have his wife stoned to death. He could become jealous with this spirit of jealousy and she would be in danger.
This bitter test seemed very humiliating. The woman was made to stand with her hair down in front of the priest and drink the curse. Some claim she was naked with only her hair and shame to cover her. Being naked in the Bible is symbolic of being without His Commandments and Torah instructions. The curses were spoken over her, and it was believed at the time that if the woman were found innocent, she would come to be with child afterward and be blessed with a new baby! Perhaps HaShem covered her indeed? If she had truly committed adultery and was pregnant, the baby would not be an outcast but loved, and the sin and the humiliation before the priest would never be forgotten, and she would move to repent.
There seem to be no stories found of a woman’s womb exploding and so I tend to agree that the Father was protecting women. He was defending Mary/ Miriam even. I believe God placed this ritual to protect the womb and the gift that was to come forth to the world. But on a broader matter, we all represent backslidden Israel. Like Hosea, Gomer’s wife, who was a harlot, we’ve all went a whoring at some time or another. God says He is a jealous God and that He wants a wife that will be faithful to Him. He wants to write our names in His Book and never blot them out.
EVERY WOMAN’S WOMB HOLDS A GIFT.
Even the women who have never given birth. (Isaiah 54:1-3 NIV) “The Lord says sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song! Shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,” says the LORD. Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. For you will spread out to the right and to the left.”
The Father continues in this chapter to explain that He had hidden his face from His wife for a moment but that now He would bring her back to Him and marry her again. Giving birth to a new baby was the sign that the woman was innocent and that The Father was blessing her.
I can only hope that whatever path He leads you down is happening soon and you are on course. Nine months of preparation in the womb can equal nine to forty years of development in the spirit. You don’t have to drink the bitter water or the spirit of jealousy if you stay clothed in His robes of Righteousness. Our bride clothes, white and sparkling come from His Word. Yeshua’s blood has covered our stained past of adultery. Our marriage contract is His Holy Torah, and when we obey it and try and live righteously, He never blots our name from His book. Just as these bitter words were scraped and placed in the water to be swallowed, so it was for Israel after their adultery in the wilderness. And just as our names are written in the Lamb’s book of Life, Moses said this, “Alas, this people has committed a great sin, and they have made a god of gold for themselves. (Jealousy and adultery) But now, if You will forgive their sin—and if not, please blot me out from Your book which You have written!” (Exodus 32:31).
God tells Moses that He will blot out who He sees fit to blot out, but in the meantime, He tells Moses to obey Him.
Bitter water can befall us if we go about naked and unfaithful to our Husband in the natural and in the spirit. Adam’s bride ate the forbidden fruit that came with a curse and instead of leaving His Bride naked, He covered her and partook of the curse. “The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual” (1 Corinthians 15:45-46 NASB).
Let’s all strive to be faithful brides, wearing white gowns, clean and spotless without a wrinkle– without leprosy.
“Like a fluttering sparrow or a darting swallow, an undeserved curse will not land on its intended victim” (Proverbs 26:2 NLT).
Photography by Ândrēw Yīsrâ’Ęl