White as Snow
We are celebrating New Years Eve in the snowy Prague, Czech Republic tonight!!! Snow is often associated around Christmas time. This passage in Isaiah however, associates snow with the forgiveness of sins.
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the LORD. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.” Isaiah 1:18
First, “Let’s settle this,” means, “to come to a legal decision.” There is no call for a compromise here—the people were to come to an agreement with God concerning the immense gravity of their sin. God was not declaring His people innocent of wickedness, but He was willing to pardon their sins if they would repent and turn to Him.
Second, white in all of time has been symbolic of innocence and purity. Snow and wool are substances that are naturally white, and therefore, portray what is clean. (Scarlet, or crimson, on the other hand, are colors of a deep-red permanent dye; its stain is virtually impossible to remove)
Third, Isaiah was a prophet of grace. The name, Isaiah actually means,“The Lord is salvation.” He was a man who consistently taught on God’s pardoning of sin for those who truly desired forgiveness and to walk in obedience.
Isaiah 1:18 is a stunningly beautiful depiction of what Christ did for us on the cross. In this promise, the worst of sinners may find comfort and hope. God here assures us that however guilty we may have been in the past, however deep dyed our sin may have been, it is possible to be restored to purity and holiness.
What an encouragement to know that after repentance, our sins are no longer deep, fixed stains. They are forgiven. We serve a God who wants to purify us and make us white as snow.
I pray you start off this New Year with a clean slate before God and a completely yielded heart. “All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.” I John 3:3
Recommended Readings: Psalm 68:14; Ecclesiastes 9:8; Daniel 7:9; Matthew 17:2, 28:3; Revelation 1:14, 3:4-5, 4:4, 7:9, 7:13, I John 1:9