In more recent years there's been a lot of NOTW merch. Not Of This World, in case you weren't aware. Yet another scriptural reference cleverly marketed into clothing, stickers, bags and jewelry. I have a shirt. I'm not apologizing for that. They make some pretty cool stuff. But the fact is, you'd be hard pressed to throw a rock at a Casting Crowns concert and not nick the windshield of car with a NOTW sticker. I'm not hating, but the first time you see a drunk driver screaming at his wife from his NOTW bestickered SUV, the shine definitely rubs off a little, shortly after you dial 9-1-1, of course.
I won't even touch John 3:16 posters at sporting events. But, I will question whether or not we may have flashed it so many times that it doesn't even register to people, like background noise when you live near an airport.
That being said, there is one phrase that, despite it's use in a Christian music chart topper, manages to blow my mind every time I think of it.
As Far as the East is from the West
Doesn't impress you? That's ok. Let me explain. First, it's best to review the actual Bible scripture, so here's a section from Psalm 103 in New King Jame Version (NKJV for you NOTW people out there).
For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
So, in summary, BEFORE Jesus was born or was Crucified and BEFORE people understood the shape of the earth, God revealed through King David (who desperately needed some of that mercy himself, but that's a different story for a different day) that when He forgives people He separates that sin from us as far as the East is from the West. You may be asking yourself why I care or what the big deal is or why I keep repeating as far as the East is from the West, but have you considered how far the East is from the West? If not, take a moment now.
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When I considered the fact that King David did not choose as far as the North is from the South, it hit me. The way our planet is formed, if you head North far enough, you will have no choice but to head South without ever having changed direction. However, if you were to head out on an excursion in an Easterly direction, you could head East for all of eternity.
Does that not trip you out?
It totally trips me out. How purposeful our God is! Even though King David may not have had a clue as to why it's better that God separate us from our sins as far as the East is from the West, versus North from South, God knew that one day people would know the significance.
Are there scriptures that freak you out because there's no way the writer's could have known whatever they were charged to communicate without God instructing them? If so, please share one!