There are 24 mentions of the word snow in the ESV translation of the Bible. Snow threw off the last few weeks, so let us look into some of the Bible's teaching on snow. While we are eagerly looking forward to that wonderful season we call Spring, there is much to learn from what we see in nature. Over this week we'll look at three aspects of snow: A picture of provision, a picture of judgement, a picture of holiness, a picture of Jesus. But first, a biblical reason to hate snow...
Not in the garden...
As we read Genesis 1 and 2 something is missing. SNOW! I mentioned this when teaching on Genesis and a student asked how I was so sure. Moses wrote that Adam and Eve were naked and unashamed. It would seem that a God who made all things good, and place mankind naked while also creating all the rules of nature, would not put them naked in an environment that would cause frostbite.
The Earth was watered with a mist or dew. Creationist scientists believe that at the flood the vapor barrier was broken as well as waters from the deep giving us our current climate and landscape. As Adam was to tend the garden that God placed him in, every provision was made and it was very good. It was a perfect place with perfect provision with no need of security and only two rules: Be fruitful and multiply, and don't eat from a certain tree.
But... The Bible says we shall be whiter than snow...
The Bible gives us an amazing pattern of taking something bad and making something beautiful out of it. Snow is no exception. While absent in the garden, it becomes a means of provision and a picture of amazing things. (It also is a picture of not so amazing things. Yes, the Bible says we shall be whiter than snow, but snow is still part of a broken environment. It is consequence of sin.
And the point is?
God is not done with us. God does not give up on us. God heals. God forgives. God is as beautiful as or better than snow. We can rightfully be annoyed with snow and be frustrated when it comes in massive volumes (there are store houses of snow in heaven). We can also appreciate is beauty and the analogy the Bible makes of it.