“Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.”
I daresay1 most of you have heard of a little book that an old divine used constantlyto study. When his friends wondered what there was in the book, he told them that
he hoped they would all know and understand it, but that there was not a single word
in it. When they looked at it, they found that it consisted of only three leaves: the
first was black, the second was red, and the third was pure white. The old minister
used to gaze upon the black leaf to remind himself of his sinful state by nature, upon
the red leaf to call to his remembrance the precious blood of Christ, and upon the
white leaf to picture to him the perfect righteousness that God has given to believers
through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ His Son.
I want you, dear friends, to read this book this evening, and I desire to read it myself.
May God the Holy Spirit graciously help us to do so to our profit!
I. The Black Leaf
First, let us look at the black leaf. There is something about this in the text, forthe person who used this prayer said, “Wash me,” so he was black and needed to be
washed. The blackness was of such a peculiar kind that a miracle was needed to
cleanse it away, so that the one who had been black would become white, and so
white that he would be “whiter than snow.”
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