Breaking Generation Curses over
Cities and their people
by Amanda Buys
A CITY’S FOUNDATION AND PERSONALITY
Every city composed has character (the peoples’ character) – composed of their vision, their traditions, their stewardship, their culture, their sociology, their spirituality. Every city is shaped by these components that continues to be shaped by incoming people who build upon others’ foundations.
Foundation: Basic principles and precepts
Hebrews 11:10 “10 For he was [waiting expectantly and confidently] looking forward to the city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God.”
and Joshua 6:26 “26 Then Joshua laid this oath on them, Cursed is the man before the Lord who rises up and rebuilds this city, Jericho. With the loss of his firstborn shall he lay its foundation, and with the loss of his youngest son shall he set up its gates.”
Isa. 28:16 “16 Therefore thus says the Lord God, Behold, I am laying in Zion for a foundation a Stone, a tested Stone, a precious Cornerstone of sure foundation; he who believes (trusts in, relies on, and adheres to that Stone) will not be ashamed or give way or hasten away [in sudden panic].”
1 Cor. 3:11 “11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is [already] laid, which is Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).”
Eph. 2:20 “20 You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone.”
2 Tim. 2:19 “19 But the firm foundation of (laid by) God stands, sure and unshaken, bearing this seal (inscription): The Lord knows those who are His, and, Let everyone who names [himself by] the name of the Lord give up all iniquity and stand aloof from it.”
Thus, Abraham looked for a foundation with specifics.
Therefore, the city takes on the foundation and personality of the influences (people) of its founding (NB!!).
In 1 Cor 3: 10-12, Paul uses the same word as the foundation of the human personality and character (Now, one’s stewardship becomes an important issue).
A city has personality and character.
Matthew 11: 22-24 “22 I tell you [further], it shall be more endurable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. 23 And you, Capernaum, are you to be lifted up to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades [the region of the dead]! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have continued until today. 24 But I tell you, it shall be more endurable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”
Acts 8: 5-8 “5 Philip [the deacon, not the apostle] went down to the city of Samaria and proclaimed the Christ (the Messiah) to them [the people]; 6 And great crowds of people with one accord listened to and heeded what was said by Philip, as they heard him and watched the miracles and wonders which he kept performing [from time to time]. 7 For foul spirits came out of many who were possessed by them, screaming and shouting with a loud voice, and many who were suffering from palsy or were crippled were restored to health. 8 And there was great rejoicing in that city.”
It can change/be transformed for the better.
God has a love for cities (Nineveh; Sodom & Gomorrah; Jesus weeping over Jerusalem; the seven Churches in Revelation (Asia Minor).
STEWARDSHIP AS DEFINED IN THE BIBLE
God taught Moses, who taught Israel, the economics of stewardship
Deut 6: 10-12 “10 And when the Lord your God brings you into the land which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you, with great and goodly cities which you did not build, 11 And houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and cisterns hewn out which you did not hew, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, and when you eat and are full, 12 Then beware lest you forget the Lord, Who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.”
God has delegated to us the responsibility of looking after His property – His land!
The people of Israel did not believe a person could own land – God was the owner – they had temporary custody and management (Leviticus 25:23 – the land is Mine – you are strangers and My tenants).
Each person/nation in the past – and the present – was/is given temporary trust over God’s property.