"I am a worm, and not a man
A reproach of men and despised by the people.
All who see me sneer at me;"
When I read that, I always pictured an earthworm, the kind we use for fishing around here. And it struck me as a statement of utter humility, after all, what could be lower than an earthworm? We also know that Psalm 22 was on Jesus' mind while He was on the cross. He spoke only seven times (at least that's how many are recorded), and the fourth thing He said was "My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?" which is Psalm 22:1. Some speculate that Jesus recited the entire Psalm 22 to leave no doubt it referred to Him.
The Gospel In A Grub Worm
Let's look at how this grub worm has parallels with the life and death of Jesus. We can start with what I mentioned above, that for centuries, people did not realize the tola'at was a worm. And for centuries, many people have not realized that Jesus is the Messiah, especially in His time here on earth.
Feed On Me
When the female tola'at is ready to lay eggs, she climbs an oak tree, a fencepost, or a stick, and attaches herself so permanently that removing her would kill her. She makes a crimson shell at this time that stains the wood and her eventual young - Discover Creation . On the cross (wood), Jesus spilled His blood, no doubt staining the wood. We, His spiritual children, symbolically wear His blood inside and out which protects us.
|Passover wine and matzoh|
John 6:53 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves. 54 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 55 For My flesh is true food, and My blood is true drink. 56 He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood abides in Me, and I in him."But "consuming Jesus" is not a one time event, it's a daily thing. He is the Bread of life, He is the Word. Man is to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God. He is our daily bread. He is our manna from heaven. You might say the Bible is Jesus in print.
From Crimson To White
Isaiah 1:18 “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”
Isaiah 53:5 But He was pierced through for our transgressions,
He was crushed for our iniquities;
The chastening for our well-being fell upon Him,
And by His scourging we are healed.
|Slaying the Red Heifer|
Numbers 19:6 The priest shall take cedar wood and hyssop and scarlet material and cast it into the midst of the burning heifer.
All of nature points to God in some way, but this little grub worm is called out specifically as pointing to Jesus our Messiah, from the blood color to the life saving properties to the way it nourishes its young. Yet another wonder hidden in the Torah.