THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15
“For I will be merciful toward their iniquities, and I will remember their sins no more.”
Hebrews 8:12 ESV
Two middle-aged men were enjoying friendly conversation when one of the men asked the other, “Fred, how was the memory clinic you went to last month?” “Outstanding,” Fred replied. “They taught us all the latest psychological techniques, such as visualization, association and so on. It was great. I haven’t had a problem since.” “Sounds like something I could use. What was the name of the clinic?” asked his friend. Fred went blank. He thought and thought, but couldn’t remember. Then a smile broke across his face and he asked, “What do you call that flower with the long stem and thorns?” “You mean a rose?” “Yes, that’s it!” said Fred and turned to his wife and said, “Hey Rose, what was the name of that memory clinic?”
Under the Old Covenant, sins could never really be forgotten, because they were never really forgiven. When God says, “I will remember their sins no more,” the phrase “no more” is a double negative, which could be paraphrased “Absolutely no, never will I remember.” And the word “merciful” comes from the same root we get the word joy. There is a joy in God’s complete forgiveness.
It’s not that God has a short memory. He’s omniscient, which means He knows everything. But when we are saved, God doesn’t hold our past sins against us or bring them up again. Is there a sin in your past that still haunts you? How does God’s promise in Hebrews 8:12 to “never no never” bring your past sin again apply to any past sins that are haunting you?