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The Snow of Isaiah 55:10,11

January 21st, 2007

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
and do not return there but water the earth, making it
bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread
to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which
I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”

(Isaiah 55:10,11)

The church sign read, “I WISH FOR SNOW—ISA. 55:10,11.” To the uninitiated such a wish is superficial, and verges on the questionable side of mental health. But, to those who have read Isaiah 55:10,11, it is the wish for more. It is the wish for—

1. The farmer’s well being by the replenishing of the earth and the promise of a harvest.

2. The consumer’s delight in having a table always and adequately set with food.

3. The Lord’s designed will that his word go forth and succeed in its intended goal.

There is perhaps only one other passage, to our knowledge, where snow is used in a more ardent sense. It is written in the prophet Isaiah— “…though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow” (1:18). Do you wish for this snow?

– Robert M. Housby

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