“His body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.” Deuteronomy 21:23
In this portion of God’s Word, God gives the Israelites the law concerning hanging. However, there is a much deeper prophetic revelation concerning Jesus Christ and our redemption from sin and sickness in this passage. How do I know this? Because the Apostle Paul tells us so when he quotes from this very passage of Scripture in Galatians 3:13. It is here that he reveals that the true meaning of this scripture has to do with Jesus’ death on the cross.
Galatians 3:13 declares, “Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree.)” The curse of the law includes the curse of sickness and disease. Just read Deuteronomy 28:60-61 and you will find out that sickness is never a blessing in disguise, but that it is a part of the curse.
I believe that Deuteronomy 21:23, like so other many Old Testament Scriptures, has a double meaning. It has one meaning that literally applies to Israel concerning the law of hanging a criminal, but it also has a future prophetic meaning that is fulfilled in the Person of Jesus Christ.
Here God commands, “His body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall bury him that day.” Roman crucifixion is the most cruel form of death ever invented by man. In a normal crucifixion, the criminal would die a very slow and agonizing death that usually occurred after a few days of hanging on the cross. However, we know that Jesus died after only hanging on the cross for a few hours and that He was buried the very same day that He was crucified, thus perfectly fulfilling Deuteronomy 21:23.
More importantly, this verse tells us that anyone who hangs on a tree is cursed. The Apostle Paul tells us that Jesus did much more than take our curse of sin and sickness on the cross, He literally BECAME a curse for us! He actually took our place!
God is very serious about your physical health and well being! Why else would He allow His Son to pay such a high price for your healing? You do not have to be sick another day in your life because Jesus has taken your curse away!
Confession: I do not have to be sick any longer because I have been redeemed from the curse of sickness and disease. I boldly declare that sickness can no longer live in my body.