“Earth and sky will be destroyed, but the words I have said will never be destroyed.”
There is a story of two boys who went walking through a desert, we’ll call them Joe and Paul. While walking the boys argue and Paul slaps Joe on the face. Joe says nothing, instead quietly writes in the sand, “I’m hurt today because my friend hit me.”
They continue walking and come to an oasis. Deciding to swim they jump in. Joe begins drowning and Paul immediately saves him. After drying off Joe wrote on a stone, “Today I was saved by my friend.”
Curious, Paul asks why when he hit Joe, he wrote in the sand but when he saved Joe he wrote in stone. Joe explains that it is better to write in the sand when someone hurts you because it will be gone with the wind but when someone does something good to you write it in stone so it can be engraved forever. -Vyas Chandra
Two stories come to mind when I read this story. When the Pharisees threw the sinful woman at Jesus’ feet to judge because she was caught in sin, what did Jesus do? He quietly knelt down and began writing the sins of those who judged her in the sand. When they saw their own sins, they left and soon it was just Jesus and the woman. Jesus asks where her accusers are and then tells her she is forgiven and to go and sin no more.
Why did Jesus write the sins in the sand? Just like Joe and Paul our sins written in sand will blow away with the winds when we ask forgiveness and they will be forgotten.
Unlike things written in sand that can be blown away, things written in stone are permanent and last forever. In Exodus we read how God used His own finger to write His law, the 10 Commandments, in stone. His words written never to be forgotten, always to be used. ‘If you love me keep my commandments.’ -John 14:15
Throughout the Old Testament we read how the 10 Commandments traveled with the Israelite's inside the Ark of the Covenant, why? It was important, it was given by God, it needed to be remembered. Remembered forever, in Revelation we read that in John’s vision of heaven he sees the Ark of the Covenant opened up and still God’s law written in stone was there. -Revelation 11:19 KJV
What wonderful things we can glean from all three stories. We make mistakes, we will fall short of God’s grace and we will sin. Yet when we seek forgiveness and God forgives, our sins will blow away like the sand in the wind.
Second, we can trust what God promises throughout the Bible. We see His words He wrote in stone last through the ages forever and like we are told in Matthew, His words will never disappear.
One of Satan’s more powerful weapons is the lie that we will never be good enough for Jesus, that our sins are to great and God will leave us. Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” 1 Timothy 2:4, “God our Savior who wants ALL people to be saved and know the truth.”
God won’t leave us; He wants us all saved and He has promised that all who keep His law and follow Him will have a home with Him in heaven. No matter how big the sin or how far you've fallen from God, even if you have walked away. Come home, ask forgiveness and allow God to live in your heart. He will always be here, and He will always forgive.
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