"And never the twain shall meet...,.
An illustration from Psalms regarding the extent of God's forgiveness
East and West never end, or meet
North, east, south, and west are the 4 known points of the compass. We can only go so far north, before we’re actually going south, having crossed the North Pole. And we can only go so far south before we are going north, having crossed the South Pole. But how long can you travel toward the East, and no longer be going east anymore? Or, how long can you travel toward the west, and no longer be going west anymore? Since the earth rotates on a north-south axis, north and south are fixed points. But no limitations can be placed on east-bound or west-bound on this planet. If it were decided which directions were east and west in outer space, if two space ships were each to take off in these directions, how long would it take for them to intersect?
The Extent of God's Forgiveness
While all of this might sound like complete nonsense, there is a point to it all. In The Old Testament, in the book of Psalms, Psalm 103:12, the psalmist tells us, “As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.” We can give mileage figures for the distance from North Pole to South Pole, but it can’t be done in regard to east-west directions. If we have any questions or doubts in regard to the extent of God’s forgiveness of our sin, the thoughts above and this verse should wipe them away. You’ll never look far enough to the east to be seeing “west”, and you’ll never look far enough west to be seeing “east”. “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” During your times of communion with the Lord, especially at His table, consider the reality and extent of that forgiveness, and thank God for the love that would prompt that forgiveness, and the proof of that love in the giving of His Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross to secure that forgiveness of sin for those who will accept it, and follow Jesus.