Iniquities into the Depth of the Sea

From Pastor’s Desk:

Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy. 19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.


After all they had done He did not stay angry at them. As infuriated as He was at them, He still was willing to pardon their sins. The answer is mysterious but simple: they were His chosen people. Granted, they were a fickle people to say the least. A people that, ever since the time of the judges, were continuously in a “Cycle of Rebellion” as Dr. Lee Roy Martin, Pentecostal Theological Seminary, calls it. Up and down, in and out, over and under they went. The slightest upset and they were ready to “throw in the towel” and head back to Egypt.

But wait! Let’s not be so judgmental and accusing toward them. Aren’t we, in a spiritual sense, like them? On the road to maturity, don’t we find ourselves up one day and down the next? Aren’t we perplexed by trials getting the best of us instead of us getting the best of them? Do we not fight the same temptations over and over? In essence, we find ourselves in the “Cycle of Rebellion” much as they were.

Yet God loves us as He loves them. He is ready to show mercy and compassion to us as He did them. He will step on the head of the devil and take us from sin and sin from us. Then he takes hold of that sin and with a mighty hand hurl it into the depths of the sea.

The concept of our iniquities being cast into the depths of the sea is mind-boggling. But if He couldn’t do it He would not have told us He would!

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