Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow.

Two verses in the Bible say this. Isaiah the prophet:

Isaiah 1:18 “Come now,” says Adonai, “let’s talk this over together. Even if your sins are like scarlet, they will be white as snow; even if they are red as crimson, they will be like wool.

Psalm 51:9 (verse 7 in most translations)

(7) Sprinkle me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.

Much of the US is facing snow right now. More is supposed to be arriving this weekend (I realize this is released on Friday so it might have already happened).

I used to wonder how snow could be mentioned in the Bible. Israel is not a place you think snow would occur. However, up on Mt Hermon and the upper Golan Heights, snow can happen during the winter months. You can even ski on Mt Hermon. There is one year we traveled to Jordan for a couple day visit and they had snow. That is a very unusual occurrence.

Having lived in Cyprus for as long as I have, I also know Cyprus receives snow in the Troodos Mountains. It is a fun event for those around the island to travel there and experience the cold and snow. The Middle East can experience the effects of snow. It might be rare, but it does occur.

It is clear that the Children of Israel knew about snow. It is mentioned in several books of the Bible. There are several reasons it is mentioned and is a fun study to read through the verses.

Psalm 51 was written by King David after Nathan the prophet confronted him about his affair with Bathsheba. David wanted to be clean. He was drawn to the Words God gave Isaiah and claimed the Promise from God for himself.

What does snow have to do with being clean? Often times I think of dirty snow because of what happens after cars drive on it, or the dirt gets in with it as it melts. It really isn’t pretty except when it first comes down. My girls mentioned something the other day. They said that they like snow. They have grown up around sand and dry dirt. Their thought process and reasoning was, “Snow doesn’t stick to you like sand does.”

When we put this into the concept of “being cleansed,” we can see that we don’t want anything to stick to us as we are cleaned. Sand can still be in your hair, or between toes, after a shower. Snow, it melts and washes things away. The water from snow is cleansing as much as the snow itself.

Why would I want to write about this?

God is CLEANSING His people. God wants His people to turn and repent just like David did. Nathan confronted David, David listened, and David repented. He turned to the Words of Isaiah and he made them his. GOD’s Words and Promises for him to hold on to.

We all need to take time to STOP and listen to what GOD is telling us. Has He sent a Nathan into your life to speak TRUTH? Are you listening?

I’ve mentioned it is time to prepare our hearts and homes. The only way to do this is to repent and turn from all that is dividing your heart. Be willing to “let go and let God.” The plans may not look like you want them too, but HE knows them.

Turn to HIM today and let HIM cleanse you. Take advantage of the snow and let HIS cleansing power wash over you.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

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