Devotional Type : Maranatha 

Devotion Time : February 02 

Topic :  The Curse                                                                           

Ye have not chosen me,  but I have chosen you,  and ordained you,  that ye should go and bring forth fruit,  and that your fruit should remain:  that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name,  he may give it you.   John 15:16.
The Lord then addressed the serpent: "Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field: upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life." As the serpent had been exalted above the beasts of the field, he should be degraded beneath them all, and be detested by man, inasmuch as he was the medium through which Satan acted. "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."  Genesis 3:17-19 

God cursed the ground because of their sin in eating of the tree of knowledge, … Now He declares that they shall eat of it, that is, they should be acquainted with evil all the days of their life. 

The race from that time forward was to be afflicted by Satan's temptations. A life of perpetual toil and anxiety was appointed unto Adam, instead of the happy, cheerful labor he had hitherto enjoyed. … They were made of the dust of the earth, and unto dust should they return. 

They were informed that they would have to lose their Eden home. … They promised that they would in the future yield to God implicit obedience. They were informed that in their fall from innocence to guilt they gained no strength but great weakness. … They now realized that the penalty of sin was death. 

Angels were commissioned to immediately guard the way of the tree of life. It was Satan's studied plan that Adam and Eve should disobey God, …  But holy angels were sent to debar their way to the tree of life. Around these angels flashed beams of light on every side, which had the appearance of glittering swords. [SR 40-2]