My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.
Job 14:17 (NIV)
Sealed Up in a Bag
Most Canadians don’t think of the high arctic as a good place to grow fresh produce. But with 24 hour sunlight, a few years ago someone in Inuvik, Northwest Territories came up with a brilliant idea. Why not turn an old, unused hockey arena into a greenhouse? Others agreed and before long, locals were taking advantage of the around the clock sun to plant fruits, vegetables and plants. During the summer months, tours are available throughout the week.
Job knew himself well. As is always the case, challenging times lead to introspection. That seldom happens when life is going well. Job’s situation is as challenging as any human being has ever faced and so he spends considerable time pondering life generally, and his life in particular. And it drives him to this conclusion: “My offenses will be sealed up in a bag; you will cover over my sin.” Job is an ancient book. The false gods of the nations were angry and vindictive. They cause the people who believe in them to live in fear. The same is true of the gods of the nations today. Which made Job’s comments in Job 14:17 so amazing. Job understood the unique nature of the One true God. Rather than being angry and vindictive, this is a God of grace, who covers sin and “seals them up in a bag.” And it’s not a Ziploc bag that can be opened again and again. Through Jesus’ death and resurrection the bag covering our sin is thrown into the sea of God’s forgetfulness.
These have been words from the heart.