Malediction is literally speaking evil or ill of someone, and therefore is the opposite of benediction or a blessing. All of you can state what you locate on the subject for discernment. You’ll be looking for the purpose of divine maledictions. Also setting aside of maledictions. Who determines validity of pronounced maledictions or setting them aside? Look for effective and ineffective maledictions contained within the Word.
Psalm 41:6 When one [of them] comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks.
Psalm 109:20 Let this be the LORD’s payment to my accusers, to those who speak evil against me.
Ecclesiastes 10:13 The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness.
Isaiah 9:17 Therefore the Lord does not rejoice over Israel’s young men and has no compassion on its fatherless and widows, for everyone is a godless evildoer, and every mouth speaks folly. In all this, His anger is not removed, and His hand is still raised [to strike].
Psalm 28:3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with the evildoers, who speak in friendly ways with their neighbors, while malice is in their hearts.
Matthew 12:34 Brood of vipers! How can you speak good things when you are evil? For the mouth speaks from the overflow of the heart.
Matthew 15:4 For God said: Honor your father and your mother; and, The one who speaks evil of father or mother must be put to death.
Mark 9:39 “Don’t stop him,” said Jesus, “because there is no one who will perform a miracle in My name who can soon afterwards speak evil of Me.
Acts 23:5 “I did not know, brothers,” Paul said, “that it was the high priest. For it is written, You must not speak evil of a ruler of your people. ”
1 Peter 3:10 For the one who wants to love life and to see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from speaking deceit,
Ecclesiastes 10 The Burden of Folly: Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil ferment and stink; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. A wise man’s heart [goes] to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. Even when the fool walks along the road, his heart lacks sense, and he shows everyone he is a fool. If the ruler’s anger rises against you, don’t leave your place, for calmness puts great offenses to rest. There is an evil I have seen under the sun, an error proceeding from the presence of the ruler: The fool is appointed to great heights, but the rich remain in lowly positions. I have seen slaves on horses, but princes walking on the ground like slaves. The one who digs a pit may fall into it, and the one who breaks through a wall may be bitten by a snake. The one who quarries stones may be hurt by them; the one who splits trees may be endangered by them. If the axe is dull, and one does not sharpen its edge, then one must exert more strength; however, the advantage of wisdom is that it brings success. If the snake bites before it is charmed, then there is no advantage for the charmer. The words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, but the lips of a fool consume him. The beginning of the words of his mouth is folly, but the end of his speaking is evil madness. Yet the fool multiplies words. No one knows what will happen, and who can tell anyone what will happen after him? The struggles of fools weary them, for they don’t know how to go to the city. Woe to you, land, when your king is a household servant, and your princes feast in the morning. Blessed are you, land, when your king is a son of nobles and your princes feast at the proper time— for strength and not for drunkenness. Because of laziness the roof caves in and because of negligent hands the house leaks. A feast is prepared for laughter and wine makes life happy, and money is the answer for everything. Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter.
Curse – denounced by God against the serpent (Gen. 3:14), and against Cain (4:11). These divine maledictions carried their effect with them. Prophetical curses were sometimes pronounced by holy men (Gen. 9:25; 49:7; Deut. 27:15; Josh. 6:26). Such curses are not the consequence of passion or revenge, they are predictions.
No one on pain of death shall curse father or mother (Ex. 21:17), nor the prince of his people (22:28), nor the deaf (Lev. 19:14). Cursing God or blaspheming was punishable by death (Lev. 24:10-16). The words “curse God and die” (R.V., “renounce God and die”), used by Job’s wife (Job 2:9), have been variously interpreted. Perhaps they simply mean that as nothing but death was expected, God would by this cursing at once interpose and destroy Job, and so put an end to his sufferings.
The Hebrew word qelalah basically refers to such a malediction as a curse, and is regularly contrasted with blessing in numerous texts. (Genesis 27:12, 13. Deuteronomy 11:26:29. Zechariah 8:13.) It is derived from the root verb ga-lal’ which literally means to be or to make light. But when used in a figurative sense, means to despise, to bring into contempt, or to call down evil upon someone or something. Even an entire world of people, including the physical ground could have a divine malediction called down upon it.
This is the word David used when told Michal he would make himself even more lightly esteemed than what she had accused him of doing. (2 Samuel 6:20-22.) Father used it after the great flood in saying She would never again call down evil upon the ground on man’s account. Genesis 8:21. “No one on pain of death shall curse father or mother (Ex. 21:17), nor the prince of his people (22:28), nor the deaf (Lev. 19:14). Cursing God or blaspheming was punishable by death ” All considered blasphemy. “Do not curse the king even in your thoughts, and do not curse a rich person even in your bedroom, for a bird of the sky may carry the message, and a winged creature may report the matter.”
What is it considered when you call malediction down on Father’s ministry as being a cult with mind control? It is an action that goes in direct conflict with Father’s spirit. And those that willfully do evil are riding the winds of a hurricane with Father. They shall not go unpunished. Father permits the sin for a time and then takes decisive action against the offender. Punishment can come in many forms. I think we’ve all come to know (some of us 1st hand) how great Father’s patience is but also that She corrects all wrongdoings with immense fairness.
Father has left the judging to Christ. It’s not a sin to recognize those that are out of favor with Father. We’ll discuss righteous judgment another time. Many religions use it to judge people, when in fact Christ is the only judge. Father judged the world when Adam and Eve sinned. To come out from under that judgment you must come under the ransom sacrifice and remain there. If you do not, then you are back under the original judgment. How Christ judges is whether or not you can remain under the sacrifice. Do you understand that all offspring are under the eternal death sentence unless they come under the sacrifice?
Father uses past people as examples. It’s simply a matter of remaining under the original judgment, or being put back under for failure to Father and Christ. Those that judge will be measured the same judgment. This is because Father does not permit us to judge anyone. We are all unfit to do so. Even so, we can see when trespass is committed. But Father leaves it up to Christ as to who is marked for eternal destruction and who is marked for the kingdom. Even when the Cherubs mark, they do a function, and do not judge, because Father could alter the mark if Christ feels that person is forgivable.
Purpose of divine maledictions
One purpose if divine maledictions is to make clear who are and who are not Father’s approved servants. This is because the maledictions manifest Father’s disapproval, even as Her blessings manifest Her approval. In promising Abraham Her blessings Father also stated, that him that calls down evil (a participial form of qa-lal,) upon you I shall curse. (Genesis 12:3) When the object of the malediction is left anonymous, the malediction serves also as a warning. It guides and becomes a protection to those who wish to gain or retain Father’s favor. The Mosaic Law specified numerous blessings and maledictions, all of which would result from applying the Law’s statues and divine ordinances.(Deuteronomy 28:1, 2, and verse 15) Prior to entry into the promised land, Moses emphasized the fact that the nation of Israel, as well as individuals reflecting a collective group, must choose between the blessing and the malediction. This they would do either by obedience or disobedience. (Deuteronomy 30:18, 20) Joshua repeated this divinely protective exhortation and warning after entering the promised land. It was to reinforce the importance ob being blessed or becoming cursed in Father’s eyes. Compare Joshua 8:32-35 and Joshua 24:14, 15. Individuals could endeavor to avoid the calamity of coming under the announced maledictions.
Understanding divine maledictions helps one to comprehend that a malediction by Father certifies there can be no trifling with or despising Father’s holy principles nor Her announced purposes. Leaning upon one’s own understanding, in seeking to avoid Father’s will by creating a false truth to clear one’s self of past judgment of guilt, is how Satan, his demons, converts and human confederates operate. To do likewise is to become a child of Satan. There is no middle ground. You either belong to Father’s family or you belong to Satan’s. Twisting the truth will not change that fact. Christ the Word said there is an accurate knowledge of the truth.(Hebrews 10:26) That Christ is the living Word is borne out at 1 John 5:7. Father, the Word, and the holy ghost are all in unity with Father’s truth and Her family. They bear that record in heaven. The High Priest Eli became the object of a specific malediction. This was because of being weak in the flesh and not strong in the spiritual things The purpose of divine maledictions. Father gives insight to. He permitted his sons to go without rebuke even though they were calling down evil upon Father. (1 Samuel 3:13) Father counseled him about the rule of those honoring Her would be honored by Father, and those despising Her would be considered of little account (from the root form qa-lal’) 1 Samuel 2:30. Just divine recompense for wrongdoing accompanies Father’s imposed malediction. This can be immediate as in the case of the jeering delinquents upon whom Elisha called down evil in the name of Father. (2Kings 2:24) Or, it can be reserved for a later time. Possibly to let those sinning compound their sins. Just as when Father informed King Josiah concerning the calamity to come to Judah. (2 Kings 22:19, 20) Father warned the nation of Israel to violate Her laws would bring inescapable tribulations, saying all these maledictions will certainly come upon you and pursue you and overtake you until you have been annihilated, because they failed to listen to Father’s voice, their God, by not keeping Her commandments and Her statues that She commanded of them. (Deuteronomy 28:45) Although Father forewarned their desolation and exile in the plainest terms possible so they would comprehend, they nonetheless refused to give heed, and in their failure to adhere, Jerusalem became a malediction to all the nations of the earth. Jeremiah 24:9. Jeremiah 26:6. Deuteronomy 29:27.
The setting aside of maledictions.
A malediction can be set aside, revoked, terminated, or cancelled by Father, but only if Her just requirements are properly satisfied in Her eyes. This was the case with Father’s original malediction (curse) placed on the planet earth, which was later terminated by a balancing of the scales with the global flood that cleansed the earth of wickedness. (Genesis 8:21) Not only did Father balance the scales in this way, but under Her divine protection, the human race select few spawned from Adam and Eve survived the global deluge along with a selected variety of animals. This included insects that entered the Ark though not on Noah’s list of the animal kingdom to be saved. In Father’s wisdom She provided all life that would be necessary for the new world Noah and his family would arrive at. And left behind was a world of ungodly people that came to an abrupt end in a judgment met out by Father. The infamous hybrid nephilim were also all drowned. Their human mothers and fathers also felt the effects of the judgment by perishing in the ever deepening waters coming upon the planet. The angelic mothers and fathers escaped to safety back into the spirit realm by shedding their flesh and blood vessels. All other humans not on board the Ark all perished along with every animal then on the face of the earth. (2 Peter 2:5 and 2 Peter 3:6) This judgment agrees with the statement the prophet Moses made at Genesis 7:22-24. The deluge on a global scale was indeed an act of Father. It dramatically illustrates Father’s willingness to carry out Her word, and reveals that Father knows how to deliver people of godly devotion out of harm’s way, but to reserve unrighteous people for the day of judgment and see that there is no escape for them. The fallen angels were permitted to return to the spirit realm because the judgment that occurred in Noah’s day was not yet their time to suffer the malediction Father has planned for them. That final judgment that falls upon them is slated during a period that is shortly after the Millennium ends. Used to do Father’s will for one final test, and then they’ll go out the exit for eternity with their new confederates. Failure to keep the Law covenant brought a malediction on all the nation of Israel, and even upon those who conscientiously, though imperfectly, tried to keep the covenant’s terms. The apostle Paul reveals that it was for this reason Christ Jesus died in the manner in which he did, upon a torture stake.
(Galatians 3:10-13 Thereby Jesus Christ, though he had perfectly observed the Law without failure to Father, nonetheless took upon himself the curse that resulted from the malediction of Father’s Law and that rested on all those under that Law. (Deuteronomy 21:23) Because something accursed, (literally, a malediction) of Gods the one hung up upon a stake of torture. Jesus, by being nailed to the stake as an accused criminal, sentenced, though unjustly, by the Jewish priestly court, in effect became a curse, and thereby not only was the Law with its decrees nailed to the stake and canceled, but the curse of malediction accompanying it was legally removed as well. (Colossians 2:14) And because Christ’s body was viewed as being a malediction, and also to fulfill the Law’s requirement so that the Sabbath might not be profaned, the Jews were anxious that Jesus’ corpse and those of the malefactors on both side of him be removed from their stakes before the day ended. Deuteronomy 21:23 and John 19:31.
Father determines validity of maledictions.
While people may pronounce maledictions, their validity is entirely dependent on Father, Her principles and Her purposes. It was in vain that Goliath, a nephilim of Satan’s spawn, called down evil upon David by his false gods. (1 Samuel 17:43) Father does not recognize Satan’s maledictions as being validated in Her eyes. Father changed Balaam’s proposed malediction into a blessing. (Deuteronomy 23:4, 5 and Joshua 24:9, 10) And because David recognized that only Father can make a malediction effective, he rejected Abishal’s angry request to be allowed to go and take off the head of Shimel, who was abusively calling down evil upon David. David told him to leave him alone so that he could call down evil, for Father had said so to him. David said perhaps Father would see with Her eye and would actually restore to him the goodness instead of the malediction that day. (2 Samuel 16:5-12. Compare Psalms 109:17, 18 and verse 28) Father’s word specifically condemns the calling down of evil on one’s parents. Read Exodus 22:28. Leviticus 24:11, 14, 15 and verse 23. Or to call evil down upon the king. Read Ecclesiastes 10:20. And to expose those who bless outwardly from their mouths, while inside themselves (deep down in the heart) they’re really calling down evil. Psalm 62:4.