It has been argued by those who insist on a physical ground curse in Genesis 3 (ie, they insist the curse for sin was both physical, AND was physically removed prior to the cross of Christ by means other than His shed blood) that this "cursed ground" was redeemed at the time of Noah. To argue this position, even though we have shown in numerous ways that it contradicts the Old Testament prophets, they use this as a proof text:
Gen 5:29 And he called his name Noah, saying, This same shall comfort us concerning our work and toil of our hands, because of the ground which the LORD hath cursed.
Those who physicalize the curse of Genesis 3 (which also forces them to physicalize the new heavens and new earth of Isaiah 65 and Revelation 21) will use this statement about "Noah" to "prove" that something must have happened at that time to remove the curse on the ground which was imposed as a result of Adam's sin. They have even stated that to see this as a prophecy of Jesus Christ is to read something into the text that was not intended.
We have shown in numerous discussions the problems with physicalizing the curse of Genesis 3, and we have shown repeatedly that such a view is incompatible with fulfilled redemption. So it is not my purpose to rehearse all of those points here. However, I would like to compare Genesis 5:29 to a similar instance in Old Testament prophecy:
Eze 34:23 And I will set up one shepherd over them, and he shall feed them, even my servant David; he shall feed them, and he shall be their shepherd.
And I wonder if those who say that the prophecy in Genesis 5 could not *just* be referring to Christ, would also say that this prophecy in Ezekiel 34 could not *just* be referring to Christ?
After all, if the same approach is applied to the prophecy of Ezekiel 34 that has been applied to the prophecy of Genesis 5, then Ezekiel 34 must be referring literally to David returning physically from the dead to shepherd people (or I suppose literal sheep) in a physical land.
But we know that Ezekiel 34 is referring to Christ. And only to Christ. And how do we know this? Because there is only One Shepherd who made a covenant of peace, and caused evil beasts to cease out of the land. Just as there is only One Redeemer who comforted His people and gave them rest from their labor upon a cursed ground, and who created a new heavens and new earth where "there is no more curse."