The sin of Adam and Eve in the garden of Eden brought a curse on not only men and women, but on nature itself.
“And to Adam [God] said, cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field” Genesis 3:17b-18 (ESV).
Isaac Watts’ “Joy to the World,” speaks of the removing of God’s curse by the coming of Jesus. Note verse 3:
No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make his blessings flow
Far as the curse is found.
In both the physical and spiritual worlds, the blessings of God through Jesus are intended to extend to the whole man, both physical and spiritual.
The curse on mankind because of Adam’s sin was the exact opposite of God’s original intentions. He had placed the man and woman in a beautiful garden, where every need they had was fulfilled. As far as the record goes, his requirements of them were few. But they lost their perfect home because of their insistence on having their own way.
God promised Israel health and happiness in “a land flowing with milk and honey” (Exodus 3:8; 33:3). The Psalmist urged them to “Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine” (Proverbs 3:9-10).
Instead, they foolishly rejected his loving promises through their continual disobedience.
But in spite of man’s rejection of him, God sent his son to overcome the curse and “make his blessings flow.” Jesus came, according to prophecy, to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of mankind. In fulfillment of Isaiah 35: 1-6 and other Messianic prophecies, Jesus fed the hungry, healed the sick and forgave the sinful (Matthew 11:4, 5). “As far as the curse is found,” the blessings of Jesus flow to everyone, everywhere.
Jesus has commissioned his followers to take his salvation to everyone who is in need of it. His apostles were to make disciples of all nations through the preaching of the gospel (Matt. 28:19; Mk. 16:15). The apostle Paul instructed the Corinthians to help supply the needs of others, so the needs of everyone would be met (2 Corinthians 8, 9), and the early Jerusalem church gave us the model for this benevolence (Acts 2).
We are called to be a “channel of blessing” to those who are suffering under the curse of sin. If we follow God’s will, we can help his blessings flow as “far as the curse is found.”