Micah 7:19 (NIV)
19 You will again have compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
Psalm 103:12 (NIV)
12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
There are at least two descriptive phrases used in Scriptures to describe what happened to our sins when we were forgiven. The first is found in Psalms 103:12 which says that our sins were cast as far as the east is from the west. The clear evidence is Scripture says the directional points of east and west and not north and south. Since we believe that every word in Scripture is put there for a specific purpose we need to ask why did God chose the points east and west and not north and south?
The answer to this question lies in the answer to the next question. If you were to go east and keep going east would there ever be a time when you would begin to go west? Answer: Never. There is no measurable distance between east and west. The distance is an infinite distance. While you can measure the distance between north and south. If you go north long enough you will eventually start going south.
The other descriptive phrase used in Scripture as to where our sins went is they were hurled into the depths of the sea. Job was asked by God “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? (Job 38:16) The reason for this question to Job was no one could even go below a few hundred feet in the ocean due to the pressure being far too great for any human to withstand.
The water pressure at the deepest part of the ocean is over 1,000 times greater than the pressure we have exerted on our bodies at sea level. If you were to attempt to descend to the deepest part of the ocean you would be crushed after only descending a few hundred feet in depth. The deepest part of the ocean as we know it is over 35,000 feet. The indication from these two passages of Scripture is that our sins have been hurled to some place where we can never go and retrieve them. They are out of our reach and they are under His feet. The phrase under his feet indicates that they have been fully defeated. When a General conquered a nation he would bring their top soldiers or leaders and have them lie down on the ground and he would put his foot on each of their necks to indicate that they had been defeated completely.
So the answer to the question as to where your sins went is they have been cast into a place where no one can ever retrieve them or bring them up so as to accuse you before your Father God. You now have no reason to fear God because he has cast all of your sins into the depths of the sea and he has trampled on each one of them so they cannot rise to accuse you ever again.
O what a Savior is ours,