Friday, December 12, 2008

No Fishing

I've been in the Book of the Prophet Micah this week preparing to preach on the New King from 5:1-6 (You know the passage, 'But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel...'). Not being the most familiar with Micah, I read through the whole of his prophecy to help with the context. And there, in the closing verses of the book, we find these great words:

Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance? He does not retain his anger for ever, because he delights in steadfast love. He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities under foot. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea. You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old. Micah 7:18-20

What a picture - 'you will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.' This was before the days of submarines or the submersibles which have been exploring the wreck of the Titanic on the Atlantic ocean bed. Whatever was in the depths of the sea were gone, for good. As someone once said, the sins have been thrown into the bottom of the sea, and God puts up a sign saying 'no fishing'!

What a great promise for those trusting in Christ.

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