See Matthew 8:26 cf. “He will turn again; He will have compassion upon us.” The prophet attributes the pardon and destruction of sin to the Lord Jehovah. 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. ), You see the Thames as it goes sluggishly down through the arches, carrying with it endless impurity and corruption. Sin subdued is the next greatest blessing to sin pardoned; and wherever God pardons sin, he subdues sin; for the same grace which saves sanctifies; the same grace which casts sin behind God"s back, puts its foot upon the corruptions of the believer, and prevents iniquity from having dominion over him. (Homilist. Thou wilt perform the truth to Jacob, and the mercy to Abraham; the faithfulness of God is engaged to every faithful soul for the fulfilment of the covenant, which thou hast sworn unto our fathers from the days of old, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible that God should lie, we might have strong consolation who have fled for refuge, to lay hold of the hope set before us. Micah 7:19, NASB: "He will again take pity on us; He will trample on our wrongdoings. He principally accomplishes this work of grace by His Son, as the Saviour of sinners, by His Word as the instrument of salvation, and by His Spirit as the agent of personal religion. 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. Yahweh would again have compassion (tender, heartfelt concern, Heb. And Cicero (y), speaking of the law of the Romans for the punishment of parricides, which ordered that they should be sewed up alive in sacks, and cast into the river, observes the wisdom and propriety of it; they would not, says he, have them cast naked into the river, lest, when they should be carried into the sea, they should pollute that by which other things that are defiled are thought to be expiated. When God pardons, the tablets of His memory, if I may so put it, are wiped, and there is no remembrance forever made of this sin. Hendersonâs remarks on this point are very excellent. And thou wilt cast all their sins into the 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. Real Hope: Forgiveness Changes. Again it is saidF23Ibid. Hitherto, sinful passions had not rebelled only, but had had the mastery over us. In that day also he shall come even to thee, multitudes of the Jews returning to Jerusalem from Assyria, and from the fortified cities, where they had been captives, and from all places whither they had been dispersed and fled for shelter. Lo, this is that work of faith, to wrap itself in the promises as made to us in particular, 1 Timothy 1:15; and unless faith be on this sort actuated, it is, as to comfort, as good as no faith. Let us come boldly to the throne of grace, Hebrews 4:16; so shall we see our sins, as Israel did the Egyptians, dead on the shore. Christ not only conquers all the bad legions that had mustered around us during bygone years, but He tramples down the up-springing legions as they venture to arise,--thinning their ranks and enfeebling their energy, and impoverishing their condition, with the sure prospect for us that soon the hour will have struck when He can look back upon nothing but conquest, and forward upon nothing to conquer. (y) Oratio 2. pro Sexto Roscio. It is beautiful to think that these are only images of God’s great pity for the race. âSubdue,â or trample under foot, is rendered âcoverâ by Newcome, on the ground of this being the meaning of כבש in Chaldee. , speaking of the law of the Romans for the punishment of parricides, which ordered that they should be sewed up alive in sacks, and cast into the river, observes the wisdom and propriety of it; they would not, says he, have them cast naked into the river, lest, when they should be carried into the sea, they should pollute that by which other things that are defiled are thought to be expiated. Three ideas involved in figures of Divine forgiveness. 53. Psalm 102:13; Psalm 103:4; Psalm 103:13; Psalm 116:5; Psalm 119:156; Hosea 14:4; Zechariah 10:6). Paul goes on to emphasize two attributes of God, namely, God’s mercy/compassion (read Ps. The new figure substantially repeats the sense of the other; yet it advances further, and is more vividly full of the gracious truth upon this subject. 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. 19. Watkinson. 25. With Him beside us the whole matter passes beyond mere hopefulness into utter assurance. 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. With wonder, love, and praise, the prophet beholds what God is about to do for his church. II. The atonement and intercession of Christ. 1 What misery is mine! Nobody Like You From Red Rocks Worship . The Targum is. (W. L. And thou wilt cast all their sins, &c.— Houbigant very properly joins the preceding clauses in this verse to the 18th, because the words pass into the second person, which continues to be used in the 20th verse. For I am like those who gather summer fruits, Like those who glean vintage grapes; There is no cluster to eat Of the first-ripe fruit which my soul desires. 1. Give your welcome, then, to Him who conquers this haunting throng on your behalf. A. Micah 7:19 = God tramples them, then throws them into the depths of the ocean. Q. Subdue. He was singular and solitary, and scarcely could find a gracious companion amid the thousands of his countrymen; so few good men remained, as the berries which hung on the vine after the gleanings. ), Though the Almighty is absolutely incomprehensible, and cannot be found out to perfection, yet He has explicitly revealed Himself as a God “merciful and gracious, slow to anger and ready to forgive.” And this propitious character of the Deity is peculiarly appropriate and interesting to mankind. We underestimate the terrible capacity of wrong and death which lurks in them, and in each one of them. A. 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. He ends his book with this thought: “He will again have compassion on us; He will vanquish our iniquities. He will return, or, as he said shortly before, He will not retain perpetually his wrath: for it is for a moment that he is angry with his Church; and he soon remembers mercy. He freely and graciously pardons and saves the truly penitent, for the glory of His name, through the merits of the Redeemer. The Prophet now prescribes to the faithful a form of glorying, that they may boldly declare that God will be pacified towards them. What a painful operation it is to be forgiven! The Scripture is very plain and express upon this point. God only is perfect in the art of pardoning. As Israel's foe, Babylon-both the literal and the spiritual Babylon-shall sink to rise no more: like the stone cast by Seraiah into the Euphrates (in Jeremiah 51:61-64), and like "the great millstone" cast by the angel into the sea (in Revelation 18:21), so Israel's sins shall be "cast into the depths," never to rise against her. 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