Mick’s Memo – The White Stuff Has Arrived

The skiers, snow-shoers and snowmobilers can now officially rejoice—the white carpet of joy has arrived!  Some are less elated.  While I retain many fond memories of sledding, skating and snow football from my youth, I now tend toward the latter crowd. So I am seeking to address my (and perhaps some of you readers) less sanguine attitude with biblical reasons to embrace “snow” as a good thing.

Snow is used metaphorically and literally in several passages of Scripture.  Bad news is implied for anyone who’s skin is “white as snow” as it was used to describe those afflicted with leprosy (Ex. 4:6, Num. 12:10; 2 Kings 5:27). It is a sign of God’s Sovereign intervention in the account of Job (Job 37:6; 38:22).  A blanket of snow is used to describe God’s victorious influence in battle against foreign kings (Ps. 68:14).  Snow-cooled drinking water is the refreshing description given for a trustworthy messenger (Prov. 25:13).

The most vivid metaphorical use of snow is found in Isaiah. “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.  Isaiah 1:18 (ESV).  As we gaze at the snow we see a picture of God’s gracious and merciful cleansing that we can receive by faith in Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.  Also in Isaiah we see a picture of the refreshment God sends to us through the revelatory words of Scripture—

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
11 so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:10-11 (ESV)

So as you shovel and scrape the white stuff, think back on it as the blessing of God.  I’d say that comes under the category of a “survival skill” here in Central New York!

This week’s message will look at Paul as he moves on from Corinth to Ephesus!

God bless,

Mick

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