It may be worthwhile to look at the question from three dimensions
- What does it mean being cursed more than all cattle and more than
- Are the cattle and beasts cursed?
- The law separated between clean and unclean animals, does it mean
unclean animals are cursed? What is the spiritual significance of
Cursed more than all cattle and more than every every beast here also means degraded to the lowest level. To understand the context let us read the curse upon Ham:
24 And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had
done unto him. 25 And he said, Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants
shall he be unto his brethren."
Here Canaan was cursed to the lowest rank among his brothers. From this context we can get a better understanding of the Genesis 3: 14 scripture
God cursed sin and the author of sin, the serpent. The lower order animals did not sin. If scripture interprets scripture, the figurative type in Revelation 12 can help to bring out more light.
9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the
Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: he was cast out
into the earth, and his angels were cast out with him. 10 And I heard
a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength,
and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the
accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our
God day and night.
One can also read Peter:
2 Peter 2:1-4
1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there
shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable
heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon
themselves swift destruction. 2 And many shall follow their pernicious
ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3
And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make
merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not,
and their damnation slumbereth not. 4 For if God spared not the angels
that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into
chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment;
The serpent was cursed because he was the cause of the original sin, the serpent is a symbol of sin and deceit and uncleanliness.
Let us examine the subject from a broader perspective.
13 And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast
done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. 14
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this,
thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field;
upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of
9 I will bear the indignation of the LORD, because I have sinned
against him, until he plead my cause, and execute judgment for me: he
will bring me forth to the light, and I shall behold his
righteousness. 10 Then she that is mine enemy shall see it, and shame
shall cover her which said unto me, Where is the LORD thy God? mine
eyes shall behold her: now shall she be trodden down as the mire of
the streets. 11 In the day that thy walls are to be built, in that day
shall the decree be far removed. 12 In that day also he shall come
even to thee from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, and from the
fortress even to the river, and from sea to sea, and from mountain to
mountain. 13 Notwithstanding the land shall be desolate because of
them that dwell therein, for the fruit of their doings. 14 Feed thy
people with thy rod, the flock of thine heritage, which dwell
solitarily in the wood, in the midst of Carmel: let them feed in
Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old. 15 According to the days of
thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I shew unto him marvellous
things. 16 The nations shall see and be confounded at all their might:
they shall lay their hand upon their mouth, their ears shall be deaf.
17 They shall lick the dust like a serpent, they shall move out of
their holes like worms of the earth: they shall be afraid of the LORD
our God, and shall fear because of thee.
Also in the vision of Peter concerning God receiving the Gentiles, the gentiles were represented as the unclean animals, but through Christ they are cleansed and accepted:
11 And saw heaven opened, and a certain vessel descending unto him, as
it had been a great sheet knit at the four corners, and let down to
the earth: 12 Wherein were all manner of fourfooted beasts of the
earth, and wild beasts, and creeping things, and fowls of the air. 13
And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 14 But
Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is
common or unclean. 15 And the voice spake unto him again the second
time, What God hath cleansed, that call not thou common. 16 This was
done thrice: and the vessel was received up again into heaven.
From the new testament light Paul puts it this way:
14 I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing
unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean,
to him it is unclean. 15 But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat,
now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for
whom Christ died.
The unbelievers in the new testament were associated with uncleanliness, represented in the unclean animals.
1 Corinthians 7:14
14 For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the
unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children
unclean; but now are they holy.
2 Corinthians 6:14-17
14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what
fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion
hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial?
or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what
agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of
the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in
them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
The unclean beasts were prefigures of sinners, unbelievers. Uncleanliness is a type of sin, unbelief.
11 Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from thence, touch no unclean
thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, that bear the
vessels of the LORD."
21 Moreover the soul that shall touch any unclean thing, as the
uncleanness of man, or any unclean beast, or any abominable unclean
thing, and eat of the flesh of the sacrifice of peace offerings, which
pertain unto the LORD, even that soul shall be cut off from his