Sunday, January 2, 2011

Treasures of the Snow

"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?" (Job 38:22).

ARE there "Treasures of the Snow"? There must be, or God wouldn't have asked Job if he had considered them. Is not one of the treasures, the treasure of beauty itself? The beauty seen in our picture is--can we not say--

The Treasure of Art.

The Master Artist shows His skill in the Winter season by covering the bleakest scenes with the most graceful beauty of dazzling white. Every flake of snow, uniquely different than the others, is combined with millions more, formed and placed together by the Divine Sculptor. "He saith to the snow, be thou on the earth" (Job 37:6). The Lord Himself is not only the Designer-Craftsman, but He is also the Supplier of His material to beautify His creation.

"The Treasures of the Snow" are also seen in the ways God uses it. Surely, we can say there is

The Treasure of God's Power.

The prophet Isaiah tells us "The snow from heaven . . . watereth the earth . . . that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater" (Isaiah 55:10). Depleted water supplies are dependent upon heavy snowfalls in the mountains. Farmers usually desire a heavy cover for their acreage of land to protect and nourish the soil and crops and to keep from destructive freezing. God's power is a treasure for man's sustenance.

Then, too, God says in Job 38:22, "The snow . . . which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war." History tells us how God has used His snow to turn the tide of battle amongst the nations. Thus God uses His snow, saying, "Be thou on the earth . . . He causeth it to come, whether for correction (or, as a rod), or for His land, or for mercy" (Job 37:6,13). God's power is used in God's judgments.

Then, too, "The Treasures of the Snow" are seen in
The Treasure of Precious Truths Symbolized by it.

Through the prophet, in Isaiah 1:18, the Lord says, "Come now and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be white as snow." White symbolizes the purity of Divine requirement for entrance into the presence of God. Speaking of the New Jerusalem, the heavenly city which shall rule over the earth, John, in Revelation 21:27, says, "And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth." David had a sense of this when, having sinned and being brought to repentance, he prayed, "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7). Thus, snow pictures the purity required by God, and the means of receiving it. The washing God provides is the precious blood of Jesus shed on Calvary. 1 John 1:7 tells us: "The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin." This is the only cleansing agent that washed the filthy sinner "whiter than snow," and makes him fit for the City of God.

"Hast thou entered into the Treasures of the Snow?" The Lord asked Job that question. He asks it of you and me. What is your answer?


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