Upon your first glance at the title of this blog, you might be thinking about another kind of “hurling,” like the time when the great fish vomited the prophet Jonah from its belly onto the shoreline.
I think we can leave that topic alone!
In today’s blog, I’d like to discuss a particular way God deals with our sins – where the Bible says that God “casts our sins into the depths of the sea.” This is one of the most magnificent pictures of the love, grace, and mercy of our heavenly Father. The Bible says in Micah 7:19, “He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”
Micah’s magnificent metaphor is a tremendous source of comfort and hope to all Christians.
We can all picture in our mind someone dropping an anchor or lure overboard.
But Micah’s picture is quite different and much more dramatic.
Our God “casts” our sins far out into the depths of the sea.
Not dropped . . . not tossed . . . not pitched . . . but “cast” overboard,
Never to be seen or heard from again.
The Hebrew word means “cast with various degrees of violence; usually, with force.” The New Testament word as used in Luke 17:23, “It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones” is an even stronger word. It is usually compounded with many prepositions, “about,” “away,” “down,” “forth,” “in,” “into,” “off,” “out,” “up,” and “upon.” This word means “to drive from, by force as from the hand, or from an engine. (It is used in 2 Chronicles 26 where Uzziah prepared slings to cast stones). Have you got the picture solidly in your mind?
God’s justice was satisfied on the cross by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, so God finds great delight in putting away and removing our sins forever. This concept of casting is reinforced in the Bible when David rejoiced in how God dealt with his sin. In Psalm 103:12, he says, “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”
Jerry Bridges paints a wonderful picture of God’s dealing with our sin in is book, The Gospel For Real Life:
“God is not a reluctant forgiver. He is a joyous one. His justice having been satisfied and His wrath having been exhausted, He is now eager to extend His forgiveness to all who trust in His Son as their propitiatory sacrifice. Because Jesus paid the penalty for all our sins God is pictured in a posture of “HOLY HURLING” – forcefully expelling every single transgression to the bottom of the sea . . . all forgiven, all forgotten. Not because of anything we do, but because of everything Jesus has done on our behalf.”
Corrie ten Boom, that remarkable Christian survivor of the Holocaust, put the exclamation mark to Micah’s declaration of what God, in Christ, has done for us by casting our sins into the depths of the sea. She wrote, “And then God put up a sign saying, ‘No fishing allowed.’” God is no longer our Judge. He judged Jesus for our sins and poured out His wrath on Him. Clothed in the perfect righteousness of Christ, we no longer stand guilty before a Holy God in His heavenly courtroom.
It is Satan, our enemy, the accuser, who wants us to keep remembering old sins so we can live under the weight of guilt and shame. And if he can’t get us to do that – if we heed the “No fishing allowed” sign erected by Scripture – Satan will do everything in his power to draw us away from grace and into dreading and despairing about what God might do anyway!
The more we live in the truths of the Gospel, the better we can see and embrace how God has dealt with our sin. The next time you are tempted to live in the paralyzing guilt and shame of past sins, picture your God hurling them overboard and watch them plunging into the bottom of the sea, never to bob to the surface again.
Christian, your sins are forgiven . . . forgotten . . .
And you are never forsaken.
What a marvelous, matchless Savior we have!
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”