Who is a God like You, who pardons iniquity
And passes over the rebellious act of the remnant of His possession?
He does not retain His anger forever,
Because He delights in unchanging love.
He will again have compassion on us;
He will tread our iniquities under foot.
Yes, You will cast all our sins
Into the depths of the sea. (Micah 7:18-19)
As we saw in the book of Hosea yesterday, God doesn’t mince His words when dealing with our sin in Scripture.
The biblical metaphors in Micah all point to the utter finality of God’s indictment of sin. Through Jesus Christ, God will “tread our iniquities underfoot.” This vivid picture is of God stomping a mud hole in our sin (not us!) and walking it dry. To trample or tread over an enemy is to utterly destroy it and lay waste to it. It’s the image of an army in battle defeating its nemesis in such an absolute way that the enemy army becomes a doormat (Micah 7:10).
But God is not satisfied with just a trampling of the sin that condemns us.
He then picks up our trampled sin and hurls it in disgust overboard to sink forever to the forgotten utter depths of the sea (7:19). This is not a casual dropping of an SOS bottle off the side of the boat, this is the hurl of righteous violence to get rid of a toxic trash heap that would infect the whole ship.
Referencing this verse, Corrie Ten Boom used to say: “God put up a sign saying, “No fishing allowed.”
Through the finished work of Christ, God has forgiven and disposed of that sin committed years ago that haunts us, that sin last night that fills us with anguish, and even that future sin that we may fall into. No storm cloud needs to accompany our failings long, God has cast the scourge of our soul like a sunken stone into the unrecoverable ocean floor.
What is endearing and amazing about God is His capacity for complex emotions.
This is a hurl of disgust.
And it is a hurl of delight.
He extinguishes our sin because “He delights in mercy.”
Let that sink into your soul’s sweet spot.
The sacrifice of the Son is of such infinite immeasurable value that the Father delights in applying it to ungrateful sinner. His mercy is more beautifully displayed the more grievous the sinner is who has apprehended it. God is not reluctant to forgive the sin you committed the last hour, He delights to forgive.
It gives Him a high degree of joy. Great pleasure. Deep satisfaction.
Beloved He delights to apply the saving benefits of His dear Son’s gospel for your good and His glory.
The trampling of our sin was actually the trampling of His own son. The casting away our transgressions was actually the rejection of His own Begotten on the cross. And God has delighted to crush the Son in our place to display mercy to His enemies.
I need a renewed vision of this God daily. For I fail Him in sin daily. But what that means is that I also have opportunity to experience the daily delight of the merciful Father.
The sky is not overcast in His kingdom. The brooding storm clouds of guilt have been hurled overboard with our sin.
The beloved Son Has caused the Father to delight over His people, while utterly destroying what has been destroying them.