Westside Baptist Church of York  
Welcome to West Side Baptist Church of York

Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

"You have cast all my sins behind Your back."
Isaiah 38:17

Casting something behind one's back is a figure of speech which is here applied to God though it is a common practice of men. Whenever we would carefully observe or focus on anything, we set it before our face; but when we would ignore anything we turn our backs upon it or cast it behind our back. In doing so, we reveal our intention to pay no attention to it.

The Bible uses this metaphor, dear reader, to describe man's natural (and sinful) attitude towards God and His law. God said to a wicked king, "You have provoked Me to anger, and have cast Me behind your back." (I Kings 14:9). Godly Nehimiah lamented the perversity of the Israelites when he said, "They were disobedient and rebelled against You, cast Your law behind their backs, and killed Your prophets." (Nehemiah 9:26). Instead of setting God and His Word (the Bible) before their faces as the focus of their lives, they cast them behind their backs as unworthy of their time and attention. How often have we done the same, and have set sin and evil efore our faces to absorb our interest and energies. Oh, how we should lament our sins!

When we are brought by God to our senses, and begin to desire God's forgiveness, we will set our sins before our face and no longer cast them behind our back. We will confess them to God, acknowledge our shame and guilt, and ask forgiveness through the blood of Jesus Christ. Until we do so, God sets them before His face in holy indignation. Thus, the Psalmist said, "You have set our iniquities before You, our secret sins in the light of Your countenance." (Psalm 90:8)



Return to Moments with the Bible Index



Lincoln Highway | PO Box 274 | Thomasville, PA 17364 | 717.225.6404