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The Treasures of Snow

As I sit here on yet another snow day I had a thought, “What does the Bible say about snow?”  I was amazed to find there are over two dozen Bible verses about snow.  And they just don’t mention that it snowed on a particular day.  There are some great Biblical truths illustrated through the wintery flurries.  A few made me laugh.  From the oldest book in the Bible, Job 37:6-7 says, “He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth…He stops all people from their labor.'”  There you have it – tell your boss – snow days are Biblical!  One of David’s might men, Benaniah, went down into a pit on a snowy day to kill a lion (2 Samuel 23:20).  Snow days will make you do crazy things.  There was even a verse about my wife and snow in there.   Proverbs 31:21 exclaims, “She is not afraid of the snow for her household, for all her household are clothed with scarlet.”  Not sure why the clothes are red but my kids will all be matching and bundled up when my wife sends them out.  Another verse (Exodus 4:6) tells us how Moses, at the Lord’s command, put his hand into his robe and it came out looking like snow – but it actually was leprosy.  Look mom, snow…wait, never mind, its leprosy.  Now while those were fun, go back and read the whole story behind the verses.  There are some real great lessons and truths found in them.

Did you know snow is used to illustrate the great qualities of Jesus?  When John saw Jesus in Revelation 1:14, he said, “The hair on his head was white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire.”  Wow!  After Jesus’ resurrection, Matthew describes the glorious sight of his Savior, “His appearance was like lightning, and his clothes were white as snow” (Matthew 28:3).  Isaiah 1:18 is probably one of my top ten favorite verses in the Bible.  I remember memorizing it as a kid.   It says, “‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow.  Though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.'”  Jesus will make your dark, sinful life white as snow!  Psalm 51:7 echoes this glorious truth of Jesus’ forgiveness of sin, “Purify me with hyssop, and I shall be clean.  Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”   In fact the fruitfulness of His Word is compared to snow that comes down and returns to the earth to water it and cause it to flourish (Isaiah 55:10-11).

God asked Job (38:22), “Have you entered into the treasures of the snow?”  I never knew all the treasures the Scriptures held when it comes to snow.  Psalm 148:8 says snow praises the Lord!  One-third of the earth gets its water from melted snow, which fuels great rivers like the Colorado, Rio Grande, and the Missouri.  With 20% of the earth permanently covered with snow and one-half of the world getting some snow each year think about what praise it brings to Him!  And when we get it occasionally in Arkansas, what a time of praise!  I’ll never look at snow the same…and I hope you never do either.  Knowing all this, I sing gladly, “Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!”

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Stephen and his wife Haley have called Arkansas home all of their lives. Stephen has served in several ministry roles over the last 25 years and as a lead pastor for the last 8 years. Stephen attended Williams Baptist College and earned a BA in Biblical Studies from Ouachita Baptist University, an MA, MDiv, and DMin in Christian Leadership and Pastoral Ministries from Liberty University. When not pastoring, Stephen enjoys running, cycling, reading, writing, camping, fishing, and spending time with his family.

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