Sheol and Abaddon

The dead tremble under the waters and their inhabitants. Sheol is naked before God, and Abaddon has no covering.
Job 26:5–6
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Sheol and Abaddon
Job speaks of Sheol and Abaddon. The bottomless bit which the dead are consumed in.  It is a place of death and destruction.  Job speaks to the power and greatness of God that not even these deep and dark places are beyond His control.  He sees into them, as “Sheol is naked” and “Abaddon has no covering.” The devil would have us believe that there are sins which we can commit in secret and get away with. That as long as no one knows about them then it’s okay.  Job correctly states otherwise.  There is no place in all of God’s creation in which sin can hide undetected.  We can never do enough to cover our sins. They are always visible to God.  And every sin has the same result, separation from God and death.  Yet we are not without reason to hope.  God in His infinite wisdom has made it possible for us to come back to Him.  We are told to “return to [the Lord] with all your hearts” and to “rend your hearts and not your garments” (Joel 2:12-13). God has made this possible through the sacrifice of His only Son, Jesus.  We can approach our Lord in contrition and repentance knowing that He forgives our sins because of Christ.  We come to His cross and in faith cling to it, hearts rent and sins forgiven.
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