I have always been fascinated by the ocean, especially the deep sea. So much mystery and wonder! Do you realize that more people have been on the surface of the moon, than have been on the floor of the ocean's abyss zone? And even below that lies the trench zone! Who knows WHAT kind of leviathans and strange creatures dwell there. Scientists admit that the ocean is 95% UNexplored (and that's as far as THEY know!).
When I see stories like this....
(click on article title to read the story of this giant eyeball)
this (giant squid filmed for the first time, alive):
The ocean covers 70% of the earth.
The earth began as water.
"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters." Gen. 1:2
The sea creatures were the first animals to be created, on Day 5 of Creation Week (Gen. 1:20). The birds and flying creatures were created after the sea creatures on the same day, and then on Day 6 the land animals.
God used water to judge the earth in the Great Deluge. To look at the Grand Canyon and the great mountain ranges gives us an idea of what God can do with water. In fact, it felt almost apocalyptic when the Tsunami of 2004 occurred in the Indian Ocean. The pictures were surreal, and over 230,000 people were killed. Water is powerful.
So why, at the end of this sin cursed age, and the beginning of eternal glory, did God say that the ocean would not be a part of the new heaven and new earth?
"And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea." Rev. 21:1
I've pondered on this verse for years. Literally. WHY? No marvelous sea creatures in eternity? WHY?
I don't know if I'll ever have my answer on this side of the grave, but I came across something amazing while preparing for my Sunday School lesson this week. I was teaching on what Dr. Henry Morris calls "divine memory loss" from Hebrews 10:17, "And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more."
As I was studying this thought out, I came to Micah 7:18-19:
"Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
He will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he will subdue our iniquities; and thou will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea."
No more sea.
No more sins.
Well, praise the Lord!