O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
So I was asked a question by a friend who is exploring covenant eschatology. She wanted to know why, if the 'curse' has been lifted, there is still physical death and sickness. That was easy to answer. But it raised another question. Another part of 'the curse' was that the ground was cursed. What did that mean, and how was it lifted? Can someone help me understand this from a covenantal context please? Thanks!
Here is Ge 3:17-19 for your reference.
And unto Adam 121 he said 559 , Because thou hast hearkened 8085 unto the voice 6963 of thy wife 802, and hast eaten 398 of the tree 6086, of which 834 I commanded thee 6680 , saying 559 , Thou shalt not eat 398 of it: cursed 779 [is] the ground 127 for thy sake; in sorrow 6093 shalt thou eat 398 [of] it all 3605 the days 3117 of thy life 2416; Thorns also 6975 and thistles 1863 shall it bring forth 6779 to thee; and thou shalt eat 398 the herb 6212 of the field 7704;In the sweat 2188 of thy face 639 shalt thou eat 398 bread 3899, till 5704 thou return 7725 unto the ground 127; for out of it wast thou taken 3947 : for dust 6083 thou 859 [art], and unto dust 6083 shalt thou return 7725 .
And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground. GEN 2:5 KJV
Before any notion of a curse came around it seems God needed someone to work the ground anyway. I seem to have been taught as a child that the reason people need to till the ground is because it is cursed. But clearly there was a need to till the ground prior to the episode of the curse.