Lessons from the Snow (3 of 7) by Ken Trivette
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Series: Lessons from "Father" Nature
Ken D. Trivette
I. The Diversity That Is Contained In The Snow!
A. The Form of Single Snowflakes
B. The Force of Several Snowflakes
II. The Adversity That Is Caused By The Snow!
A. The Burden Snow Can Bring
B. The Benefit Snow Can Bring
III. The Purity That Is Conveyed By The Snow!
A. The Cleansing That Is Symbolized
B. The Condition That Is Symbolized
1. When I hear people sing at Christmas time, "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow." and "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas," I know that they did not grow up in a place where there was a lot of snow. If I could have my way it would never snow again. I grew up in the mountains of North Carolina where I saw my share of snow. I have shoveled enough snow to still give me nightmares. I have been stuck more times than I want to admit. I have seen all the blizzards I want to see, experienced all the power failures I want to experience, and shivered in all the sub-zero weather I want to be in. You are not going to hear me singing, "Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow." If you hear me sing it will be something spiritual such as, "Let it shine, let it shine, let it shine." I agree with Carl Reiner who said, "A lot of people like snow. I find it to be an unnecessary freezing of water."
2. I was looking at an advertisement this week for the Oriental Trading Company. I was amazed at all the snow paraphernalia they have. You can order snowflake erasers, personalized snowflake pencils, snowflake yo- yos, snowflake pinwheels, snowflake friendship bracelets, snowflake clackers, snowflake puzzles, snowflake shoelaces and even snowflake punch balls. I personally would rather have a Hawaiian yo-yo myself.
3. Yet, in spite of my dislike for snow, as I read the Bible I find that one of the things that God wants me to consider and draw spiritual lessons from is the snow. The word "snow" appears 24 times in Bible, sometimes as a noun, sometimes as a verb. In our text we find God asking Job, "Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow." God described the snow as possessing treasures and was asking Job if he had ever taken the time to contemplate and consider what those treasures were.
4. The word "treasures" speaks of a depository. There was something God wanted Job to see during a difficult time in his life. There were spiritual lessons to be gleaned from the snow. God was inviting Job to consider the snow for he would find in the snow a treasure house of spiritual truth.
5. For the past few weeks we have been looking at certain objects and subjects of nature as pointed out in the Bible for the purpose of teaching certain spiritual truths. We have considered the eagle and the Palm tree. Today, let's look at the snow and seek to draw some spiritual lessons that we can apply to our life as believers. We often don't think of the Bible land as place where snow was common. Yet, one could ...
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