Separation Ain’t Such a Bad Thing

“…as far as the east is from the west,

so far he removes our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12 NRSV)

Due to the lightening-fast speeds of the internet today, we can find just about anything we want. We don’t need to wait for a letter in the mail or a telegram to be printed and arrive. We don’t even need to wait for people to pick up the phone anymore, let alone make sure the line shared with your neighbors isn’t busy (if you don’t know what I mean, look it up).

Having that reliance on the internet for things like home remedies for illnesses, the next big makeup trend, or where to buy a new home can make it really easy to go to it in times of need instead of first asking the Lord His opinion on the matter.

Now, I’ll be straight real with y’all. I DEFINITELY find myself going to this for answers instead of the God who created me. That’s a sin struggle I’ll always have! We were born with sinful natures so henceforth it is natural for us to push away from God.

This brings me to my first point.  We were born into sin.

The Bible says in Genesis chapter 2 that in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve had the choice to obey or disobey God:

“The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to till it and keep it.

And the Lord God commanded the man, ‘You may freely eat of every tree of the garden;

but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat,

or in the day that you eat of it you shall die.'” (Genesis 2:15-17 NRSV)

Adam and Eve were warned very clearly that if they ate from that tree, they would die. They had the choice to listen! However, if you don’t know the story, Satan tempted them and manipulated their minds into thinking they wouldn’t die and convinced them to eat from it anyways. Enter sin.

When God said that Adam and Eve would die, He meant it.  Satan tried to make Adam and Eve believe that they wouldn’t die the very day they ate from the tree.

On the flip side, Satan was technically correct. He tried to make them believe if they didn’t die immediately they wouldn’t die at all.

When Adam and Eve were created, they were built to live forever. They were not intended to age or to wear out; they were created just as they were for the perfect purposes God designed. The original translation of God’s word “die”, “מוּת” (pronounced “mooth”), means “to bring about death” in this context. This means that their sin would “bring about death” to them, not necessarily immediately. God’s phrase “for in the day” is originally “יוֹם” (pronounced “yome”), meaning “age”, and combined with “mooth” loosely means “in this age your sin will bring about death to you”. Therefore, it was not specific to exactly that moment, but at some point in their lives they would die instead of enjoying everlasting life.

Jesus has many things to say about death, but He specifically recalls this event in the Garden when referring to Satan:

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.

I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10 ESV)

Satan’s intent in the Garden was to destroy the relationship Adam and Eve had with God. He wanted to kill them through their sin and to destroy them. Jesus has the exact opposite intent.

By coming to save the world instead of condemning it (John 3:17), Jesus came to grant life to any of those who believed in Him. He forgave sins, thus casting out everything bad we ever did:

“He shall again have compassion on us;

He will subdue and tread underfoot our wickedness [destroying sin’s power].

Yes, You will cast all our sins

Into the depths of the sea.” (Micah 7:19 AMP)

Pastor Ken Hitte said your history is history because God threw every bad thing you’ve ever done into the depths of the sea. Those people in your past can’t dig back up your history because God put it so far away, NO ONE CAN GET TO IT!

As far as the east is from the west, so far has God removed our sins from us.

That time in your life where you struggled with pornography? God cast it into the depths of the sea.

That time you had sex before marriage and now you feel like it’s consuming you? God cast it into the depths of the sea.

That time you were raped and now you see yourself as tarnished? God cast it into the depths of the sea.

That time you lied about something or talked about someone behind their backs? God cast it into the depths of the sea.

That time you cheated on an exam and you know it wasn’t right? God cast it into the depths of the sea.

If you feel inadequate today, if something is eating away at you, or something happened to you and you can’t seem to find peace and grace about it, remember these words:

“Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,

who gave himself for our sins to rescue us from the present evil age,

according to the will of our God and Father.” (Galatians 1:3-4 NIV)

Oh, my sweet friend, know this: Jesus died for you so He could rescue you. He never said this life would be easy to handle. But He did guarantee you would never be alone.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.

In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)

“…And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (Matthew 28:20b NIV)