It snowed last night and this morning in Jerusalem!
Fact is it has snowed elsewhere too in the Middle East…
Israel even had snow as far down south as Arad in the desert getting close to Eilat at the Red Sea.
Back here in Jerusalem I started to wonder how many snowfalls my 750 year old home has endured…
And how much water has been collected over the centuries in my cisterns!
My mind continued to wander…
Are there any references to physical snow in the Scriptures – I wasn't aware of any…
Surely it must have snowed during the time of David? the prophets? The New Testament era?
Why are there no mentions of snow!?
We do have those beautiful descriptions of Almighty God that reference snow.
But perhaps most telling is the fact that our sin leaves a stain – a color of scarlet – a shade of blood red upon us.
Jesus of course shed His blood for us – this is the Christian Hope – His sacrificial death atoning for my sin.
Isaiah, the great prophet of Israel, opens His book in verse 8 with the declaration: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…”.
So in the snow I thought:
How thankful I am for God's covering over me.
How thankful I am for His pure renewing – which I have no power or claim over.
How thankful I am for His great faithfulness.
How thankful I am for His Word.
How thankful I am for God using things within His creation (like snow in Jerusalem) to encourage me in Who He Is, What He does, and the Hope He gives to me that though I sin, He washes that stain away…
Middle East Correspondent