Thoughts on the Way Home

Friday, January 15, 2010

Dangerous Papers

Corrie Ten Boom and her family helped hide Jews during the Holocaust. She told the story of a series of interrogations after being arrested by the Nazi's. I may not get the whole thing right, but the gist was this. This particular Nazi police officer had her caught. He called her into his office and almost unbelievably he pulled out a stack of papers containing the names of multitudes of Jews they had illegally helped hide and escape. All the evidence was laid out on the table. He looked at her and said, "Ms. Ten Boom, can you explain this?" Welling up with tears she gave up and said, "No." She knew this could very well mean the death sentence for her. Before another word was said the man grabbed the papers, wheeled around in his chair, opened up the door to his nearby wood stove and threw the papers inside, incinerating them on the spot.

She said, "At that point, oh, how I was so happy!"

After this event she said God spoke to her more clearly than ever before about her sins being dealt with at the cross, and how the laws and "dangerous papers" can no longer threaten her. She mentioned this verse:

Col. 2:13-14
"... He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of death consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross."

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Praise the Lord! As they sing in Bangladesh, "Gieche, Gieche, Gieche! Amar papehr bhoja chole gieche!" (Gone, gone, gone! My sins are gone away!)