The casting of sins into the sea indicated that they would be put completely out of God's sight, "as far as the east is from the west" (Psalms 103:12), and remembered no more forever (Jeremiah 31:34), and "blotted out" (Acts 3:19). Hieros. He retains not forever his anger; He will return, he will pity us, cast … into … depths of the sea—never to rise again to view, buried out of sight in eternal oblivion: not merely at the shore side, where they may rise again. — Micah 7:19. This slip, this fall, this backsliding, this foolish word, this wrong action, are all testifying against you in the court of conscience. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us] Here is the pith and power of faith, particularly applying promises to a man’s self. With wonder, love, and praise, the prophet beholds what God is about to do for his church. Ostensibly, it records the sayings of Micah, whose name is Mikayahu (Hebrew: מִיכָיָ֫הוּ ‎), meaning "Who is like Yahweh? ”). He will subdue our iniquities]. There is no cluster to eat, no society of upright men to join with; my soul desired the first ripe fruit, longed for the converse of such as had the first fruits of the Spirit, as the holy men of old; but there were none remaining. He humbly bows before the chastening rod, and owns the righteousness of the sufferings brought upon the land. The Prophet now specifies what sort of mercy God shows to the faithful, For he will tread down our iniquities; he had said before that he passes by the wickedness of his elect people. It is not a prayer for God to do the glorious things mentioned, but a promise that "HE WILL DO THEM." It is also said, He will cast our sins into the depth of the sea. When God takes away the guilt of sin, that it may not condemn us, He takes away also the power of sin, that it may not rule us. Which thou swarest to our fathers in the days of old. (Calmet). III. To get what Micah 7:19 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Until then we be thus persuaded, let us know that we have made but little progress in the school of God. ((x) "Suscipit, O Gelli, quantum non ultima Thetis, Nec genitor lympharum abluit Oceanus". The prophet's prayer on the behalf of his people, Feed thy people with thy rod, directing them in their way, and bringing them into green pastures; the flock of thine heritage, whom he had as a nation called to be a peculiar people; which dwell solitarily in the wood, separated from the rest of mankind, to preserve the worship of Jehovah, the one true and only God; and even in their captivity unmixed with the nations; in the midst of Carmel, scattered in Assyria, as sheep upon a mountain without a shepherd: let them feed in Bashan and Gilead, as in the days of old, in the richest pastures, abounding in all blessings spiritual and temporal; as will be the case when they shall be gathered from their dispersion into the gospel-church, and made one fold with the Gentiles under one shepherd. “Not I, but the grace of God, which was with me” 1 Corinthians 15:10. The Targum is, "and he will cast into the depths of the sea all the sins of Israel;', and it may denote their being loathsome and abominable to him, and therefore here cast by him. What does God plan to show us? The exercise of a merciful prerogative. The forgiven man is delivered from punishment. He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea. In the day that thy walls are to be built, the walls of Jerusalem, after their return from Babylon; in that day shall the decree be far removed, which obstructed the building for a while. God will hear us. A. The Prophet now prescribes to the faithful a form of glorying, that they may boldly declare that God will be pacified towards them. 1. 39. This the Church knows, and therefore cries after him, "Make haste, my beloved, and be thou like to a roe or to a young hart," Song of Solomon 8:14, which when it fleeth looketh behind it, saith the Chaldee paraphrast there. Micah 7:19, NLT: "Once again you will have compassion on us. “He will subdue our iniquities”; that is, He will tread them down, will trample them in triumph under His feet. '', "a sin offering, whose owner is dead, goes into the salt sea.''. Again it is saidF23Ibid. This then is the true logic of religion, that is, when we are persuaded that God is reconcilable and easily pacified, because he is by nature inclined to mercy, and also, when we thus apply this doctrine to ourselves, or to our own peculiar benefit, — As God is by nature merciful, I shall therefore know and find him to be so. “But,” it may be asked, “is it not an arduous and a daring task for any one to undertake for me?” It is so much this, and so much more this than you can think, that only the One need attempt to undertake it. 18. God's Promises For The Hungry Heart, Twelve. There is a dignity about His forgiveness; it is a positive luxury to be forgiven by Him. he will have compassion upon us; the Lord is naturally compassionate; he is full of compassion, he has a heart of compassion; these are tender mercies, and never fail, and which are exercised in a sovereign way; pardon of sin flows from hence; every manifestation or it is a display thereof: sin brings afflictions on the saints, and then the Lord pities them, and is afflicted with them; sin grieves them, and he is as it were grieved for them; it wounds them, and then, as the good and compassionate Samaritan, he pours in the oil and wine of pardoning grace, and heals them; they are, while in this state, in such circumstances often as need his compassion, and they may be assured of it, Psalm 78:38; he will subdue our iniquities; which maybe understood also as a further explanation of the grace of pardon: sin is an enemy to God and his people; it is too strong and mighty for them; it reigns over them in a state of nature; they are under the power of it, and cannot get rid of it, its influence, guilt, and punishment; Christ has conquered it, made an end of it, and took it away; God tramples upon it, as a conqueror does upon the necks of his enemies; it ii subdued by him, and is under his feet; which he treats with contempt, disdains to look upon, keeps it under, so that it shall never rise again to the condemnation of his people; he overcomes the provocation of it, removes the guilt by pardon, and secures from the punishment of it: or this may be considered as the effect of pardon; as what is done in consequence of it, by the Spirit and grace of God in sanctification; when not only the deeds of the body are mortified through the Spirit, or the outward conversation reformed, but the inward power of sin is weakened; it is laid under the restraints of efficacious grace, and is kept under by it; so that it shall not and cannot have the dominion over the saints again, of which they may be confident, Romans 6:14; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea; never to be seen any more; though they are seen with the eye of omniscience, and taken notice of by the eye of providence, yet not beheld with the eye of avenging justice, that being satisfied by Christ; besides, all the sins of God's people have been removed from them to Christ, and by him carried away into the land of oblivion; so that they are no more to be seen on them, who are through his blood and righteousness without fault, spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; and, being out of sight, they are out of mind, never remembered any more, and like things cast into the sea, destroyed and lost: perhaps there may be some allusion to the Egyptians drowned in the Red sea; and what is cast into the sea, especially into the depths of it, is irrecoverable, not to be fetched up again, nor does it rise more; and so it is with the sins of God's people, forgiven for Christ's sake, even "all" of them; for they have all been bore by Christ, and are covered, blotted out, and pardoned, not one remains unforgiven; see Isaiah 38:17. — How so? The felicity and duty of the saints. Ab ira sua — He will turn, that is, from his anger. They all lie in wait for blood; Every man hunts his brother with a net. Micah 7:19. The Targum is. (w) Ibid. The very sound of the words suggests that it is no easy enterprise, this managing of our sins. The promise that he would "bless all the families of the earth" in Abraham is now being fulfilled in the glorious gospel of Jesus Christ. Micah in the first case identifying himself and his sins with his people and their sins; in the second, speaking of them and their sins. The good man is perished out of the earth, and there is none upright among men, at least the prophet could not find them; but, like Elijah, thought he was left alone. All good faith was lost among them; no such thing as a friend was to be met with, and no confidence to be put in any who pretended to be a guide in church or state; nay, the very wife of their bosom was not to be trusted, being in those degenerate days base enough to betray the secrets of her husband. His grace shall overcome our depravity, and sin shall not have any longer the dominion over us: which a soul that has tasted the bitterness of sin looks upon as the most inestimable blessing: and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea; they shall be not only forgiven, but, as it were, forgotten; totally done away in the blood of a Redeemer. Hitherto, sinful passions had not rebelled only, but had had the mastery over us. Without the subjugation of evil propensities, pardon would not be a blessing.” — Ed. Thou wilt cast: here is a hypallage of the person from the third to the second person, yet without any lessening the sense in strength or clearness. God’s Word has given us image after image of how He wipes our sins from memory: He blots them out. has, “He will trample under foot our iniquities.” When God forgives the guilt of a sinner’s sins He breaks their power. It is much to be released from sin’s captivity, to have its iron yoke removed, and the foul garments of its bondage torn away. “We have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin” Romans 3:9; “the Scripture hath concluded all under sin” Galatians 3:22. In human governments it is exercised with most cautious limitations. 3. They swarm round us, and we cannot subdue them. Be sure that when God pardons at all He pardons altogether, The sins of a Christ-trusting man are not only lost, but are what may be called securely lost. (z) Euripides in Tauro. His compassions are more than fatherly, Psalms 103:13; motherly, Isaiah 49:15; brotherly, Hebrews 2:12. You will cast all our sins Into the depths of the sea". 2. Q. Here He stands, at your side and mine. 1 What misery is mine! The best of them, and bad indeed is that best, is as a brier, mischievous and hurtful; and the most upright is sharper than a thorn-hedge; they who have any transactions with them are sure to be scratched and torn; and for such abominations God will visit them; the day of thy watchmen and thy visitation cometh, the day which the true prophets predicted, and the time when judgment should pass on the wicked watchmen in church and state; now shall be their perplexity, unable to extricate themselves from the troubles in which they were involved. To have his unbelief, infidelity, worldly-mindedness, pride, and covetousness subdued by the grace of God, its power taken out of it, its dominion dethroned, its authority destroyed, and its strength weakened and diminished, that he may not be under the dominion of any lust, or carried away by the strength of any secret or open sin, but may walk before God in the light of his countenance, as desirous to know his will and do it—this is the desire and breathing of every one that knows sin in its guilt, filth, and power. These blessings are gracious in their bestowment. The Heathens used sea water for the purgation and expiation of sin; hence the poetF24"Suscipit, O Gelli, quantum non ultima Thetis, Nec genitor lympharum abluit Oceanus". 7:20 Thou wilt perform the u truth to Jacob, [and] the mercy to Abraham, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old. Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy; though cast down, God's believing people were not destroyed from the face of the earth; and short would be the triumphing of their enemies; when I fall, I shall arise, strengthened with divine power; when I sit in darkness, disconsolate, dejected, the Lord shall be a light unto me, reviving, comforting, and quickening me, and bringing me out of all my afflictions; and thus at all times ought believers to stay themselves upon him. , to aggravate the wickedness of a very wicked man, observes, that the ocean itself could not wash away his sins. II. To pardon of sin God will add power against sin; to justification by Christ’s merit, sanctification by his Spirit; he will let out the life blood of sin, and lay it a dying at our feet; he will tread Satan with all his black train under our feet shortly, Romans 16:20. Thus the prophet, by an insinuating apostrophe, turneth himself to God, and speaks with much confidence. God only can forgive sin, and save the sinner. For instance, "Aquila the proselyte divided an inheritance with his brother (a Gentile), and he cast the profit of it into the salt sea: three doctors there were; one said, the price of the idol he cast into the salt sea; another said, he cast the price of his part of the idol into the salt sea; and the other said, he cast the idol itself into the salt sea (u).

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