A few of my friends who live in the mid west have told me about an amazing amount of snow they’ve received this year. Snow is a pretty remarkable substance. Is there anything you can think of that is whiter than snow? How about rice, or sugar? Well, although they may be as white as snow for us today, it is only because of our modern technology and bleaching processes, because they really aren’t that white. Even cotton in its natural state, although it is white as snow, still has bunches of black seeds spread throughout it. Nowadays we can take the color white for granted because we are surrounded with so many materials and products that are pure white. Besides the secretary’s bottle of “white-out,” my short-list includes white copy paper, tee shirts, and plastic milk jugs. But in biblical times, other than teeth, hair, and snow, there were not many things that were pure white. God uses the vivid imagery of the whiteness of snow to convey some very powerful spiritual realities.
Isaiah 1:18 “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.”
A blood stain is one of the most difficult to remove, and yet in the above verse God tells us that although our sins are as scarlet, red as crimson (like blood), that He will remove them so completely that they shall be as white as snow. That means they will be absolutely, completely, totally removed without any trace or stain left behind. Only God is capable of doing something as wonderful as that!