Ever wonder what happens to the sin for which you ask God’s forgiveness?
The prophet Micah asks a question and answers it in 7:18-19 — “Who is a God like You, Who forgives iniquity and passes over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retains not His anger for ever, because He delights in mercy and loveing kindness. He will again have compassion on us, He will subdue and tread under foot our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (Amplified)
The Sea of Genkai in Munakata, JAPAN) ⎯ photo by NAO
David, in one of his numerous Psalms is quoted as singing, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)
Did you know that there are FIVE oceans on the surface of our earth? Yep, sir-ee! ⎯ The Pacific, Atlantic, Indian, Arctic and Antarctic oceans. There were FIVE wounds in the body of Jesus: two hands, two feet where nails were planted, and his side where a Roman soldier plunged a sharp spear. FIVE is definitely a number that has to be related to not only our SIN being cleansed and washed away, but permanently thrown away into perhaps one of the FIVE oceans that cover all compass directions (NEWS) on the surface of our globe. Think of it ⎯ FIVE oceans and wounds! Not coincidental I think.
One of the deepest places in the Pacific Ocean is found in the Suruga Bay near Tokyo, Japan. I wonder if it could be in this yet unmeasured depth that forgiven sin of the Japanese is placed by God?
Yes, my mind thinks some pretty profound (adjective, very deep; noun, [Archaic] an abyss or deep, as of the ocean) things sometimes.
Good incentive to be FIVE minutes early for church this weekend!