In 2009, the Detroit Lions pro football team placed ads saying “Relive the exciting ’08 season.” They offered, for a fee, a streamed video of all 16 games. I doubt that there were many takers. The Lions lost every game in 2008. It was a forgettable season for Detroit fans.
I’ve had a few forgettable seasons in my life. Occasionally, a vivid memory of a shameful moment will come to my mind. It makes me wince and I wish I could forget. Also I have noticed that others are not quick to forget our sins either. Mankind does not forget. I remember meeting with an elderly pastor who had fallen into disgrace years before. He looked at me sadly and shook his head, saying “Brian, they will never let you forget.” Forgetting is not something humans do, yet in Hebrews 10 God says:
17 “ And their sins and their lawless deeds
I will remember no more.” (NASB)
This is a quote from Jeremiah 31:34 and it describes the New Covenant that God will make with Israel. We are experiencing that New Covenant in Christ already. Lucky us.
Some people say that an omniscient God cannot forget. The problem lies in the conflict between His power and His knowledge. Does He have the power to forget? Certainly. Is He omniscient if He does? Good question. This is another of the great paradoxes of Christianity. I have always been attracted to this God of paradoxes because He is beyond human comprehension. He should be else we might have just imagined Him.
In the meantime, I must remind myself that my sins are forgiven AND forgotten.