Today’s Devotional – July 16th (But I Am A Worm!)

By admin On July 13th, 2014

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 “Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – July 16th

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But I Am A Worm!

 

TO READ PART 1 OF THIS TOPIC, JUST CLICK HERE…  January 7th (The Chrysalis Christian!)

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The Word of God declares… “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Psalm 19:1

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Yes, everything in the heavens, including Planet Earth declares the glory of God!

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Even the tiny things found in nature declare the glory of God!

James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster

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And in Part 1 of this devotional, The Chrysalis Christian, it was seen that the butterfly and its caterpillar present an incredible allegorical drama of the Christian life.

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Behold the little caterpillar worm, as it spends its earthly days in the grass, or on a leaf of a tree, merely living to eat of the earth’s produce.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Chrysalis(Pupa)_of_a_Common_Crow_Butterfly_(Euploea_core).jpg

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But in the course of time, that little worm grows tired of this earthly estate. And so, it begins to spin itself a chrysalis. And for 14 days, this little worm dies a death.

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But afterward, it emerges an entirely new creation! And now it takes to flight, ever searching for the sweet nectar of every correct flower.

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South American butterfly wikipedia share-alike license

Shargacucullia scrophulariae caterpillar James Lindsey at Ecology of Commanster share-alike license

Chrysalis (Pupa) of a Common Crow Butterfly – Wikimedia – Share-Alike License

American Lady Butterfly Against The Sky – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

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DYING IN CHRIST

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Of course, this allegory of the caterpillar turning to a butterfly, speaks of the death to ‘self’, and death to this present world, that every true Believer must go through!

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And once that Believer finally dies to self, Christ can then live out His life of agape love through that empty vessel. Like the butterfly, the Believer becomes an entirely new creation in Christ!

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And of course, the gathering of sweet nectar symbolizes the new life of the Christian, who forevermore seeks the life-giving power of God’s Word! And in the process of gathering nectar, the butterfly cross-pollinates all the flowers it comes in contact with, symbolizing the Christian, as he or she spreads the Gospel seed, wherever they may go!

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David’s sorrow wikigallery public domain

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THE MOTH: ANTITHESIS OF THE BUTTERFLY

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Now the moth is the veritable anti-butterfly! The moth symbolizes “false brethren”, who join the Church, but never become true Believers. They are merely “Make-Believers”!

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Oh yes, when still in their caterpillar stage, it’s hard to tell them apart from the butterfly/caterpillar. And they too, go through a metamorphosis. But their change is not at all like the caterpillar-to-butterfly!

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You see, instead of flying in the day, as does the butterfly, the moth flies at night! “Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness…” 1st Thessalonians 5:5

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Instead of having wings which are lifted up toward Heaven, the moth’s wings are horizontally directed down at earth!
“Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth;” Colossians 3:4, 5

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Instead of sipping the sweet nectar from flowers, it often eats the wool from clothing! Of https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:MiteTineola_1233096.jpgcourse, wool symbolizes the covering of lambs, and lambs symbolize Christians! “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 1:18. 

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And so, this breed of moths eating wool symbolizes the false brethren in the Church, who bring the Church into deterioration and ultimately into apostasy! “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.” 2nd Timothy 4:3, 4  

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Moth – Timandra griseata – Wikimedia – share-alike license

Clothes Moth – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States

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THE SILK-CATERPILLAR WORM

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But there is an exception to all this. Yes, the Bible speaks of silk. Listen… “She maketh herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple.” Proverbs 31:22. 

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This verse is speaking of the virtuous woman. And of course, this virtuous woman symbolizes God’s people. And the silk spoken of here, symbolizes Christ’s covering over His people.

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Now silk comes from a little caterpillar worm, which when domesticated, spins a cocoon, which is harvested for silk. And when this cocoon is boiled for strength, the caterpillar inside the cocoon dies. Then the cocoon is made into silky thread, then made into beautiful and soft silk clothing!

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 Silkworms – Wikipedia – share-alike license Fastily at en.wikipedia

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BUT WHY A MOTH-WORM?

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But why did God decide to use a moth-caterpillar? Why didn’t He use a butterfly-caterpillar which represents Christians? Why is God always doing things which make no sense?

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Well, it is for certain that Christ is the One who provides the virtuous woman’s silken garments of Salvation. But how did Christ provide those garments? By taking on our sin, and paying our debt, as He died in our place!

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Listen… “we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For He (God) hath made Him (Christ) to be sin for us, Who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.” 2nd Corinthians 5:20, 21

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Yes, Christ became sin for us! He became the object of God’s wrath in our place! In His great love and mercy, God suffered the penalty for us, to fulfill the Law’s demands! “For He (God) made Him (Christ) sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him”.

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Cross of Jesus Christ – Wikimedia – Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

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WORM DIES TO PROVIDE

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SILKEN COVERING FOR VIRTUOUS WOMAN

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“But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” Psalm 22:6

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The above words were Jesus’ thoughts as He hung on the Cross for our sins. And He called Himself a worm! And this Worm, Jesus, died to provide our silken covering of Salvation. Yes, even a lowly little caterpillar worm declares God’s glory and righteousness!

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Yes, the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31, symbolizes the Church-faithful. 

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And her white silken clothing represents Christ’s righteous white covering over His Church.

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“Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…She makes herself coverings of tapestry; her clothing is silk and purple…Favour is deceitful, and beauty is vain: but a woman that fears the LORD, she shall be praised.” Proverbs 31:10, 22, 30 

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Brooklyn Museum – What Our Lord Saw from the Cross – James Tissot

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me a love for nature and the insight to see more and more of Bible wisdom in nature…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Revelation 12 Woman & The Narrow Gate Stars (Orion’s Gate to Heaven)” or you can also read… January 7th (The Chrysalis Christian!)

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THE END

 Orion Constellation at Eagle Ridge

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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Then Job answered and said…but how should man be just with God?…Which alone spreads out the heavens…Which makes Arcturus, Orion, and Pleiades, and the chambers of the south. Which does great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number…Can you bind the sweet influences of the Pleiades? Or loose the bands of Orion?” Job 9:2-10 & 38:31  

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The photo to the right is the Pleiades Cluster. Does it appear to you like an angel? Well, if it does, then you are encouraged to keep reading.

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The above two verses concerning the Pleiades  are all the Bible has to say about the Pleiades, directly. But if you will read this article, you will discover that the Pleiades represents concepts which span much of the Bible. This is partly because Pleiades is a constellation within a constellation. And this double-entendre constellation presents perhaps, a picture of the greatest truth regarding the Church, found in the Bible.

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And The Heavens Declare.net will attempt to unravel this mysterious phenomenon in the night-sky, and will, hopefully, also interpret these two verses to show just what all this means, and how it might apply to our lives.

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The Pleiades (Above constellation can be seen in colder months in mid sky, traveling east to west through the night. With the eyes alone, it would appear much smaller than this. But with binoculars, it would appear more like this photo).  NASA photo by Robert Gendler 

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Pleiades: The Captive Angel & Mystery Harlot Constellation” 

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TOMORROW:

“July 17th (Kunta Kinte Christians)”

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above picture: Prophet Jeremiah – www.christianimagesource.org – Public Domain

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