Today's message is special and is about the towla worm pictured above that preaches a gospel sermon about the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. We can find the towla worm in the bible at Psalm 22:6 where the I Am which is Jesus as God proclaimed that He was a towla worm by saying But I am a worm (defined as a towla scarlet crimson worm that still exists today), and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Jesus was God's only Son, the crimson towla worm whose shed blood makes us whiter than snow.
Friends, as we look at the life of the towla worm today, we will learn about Jesus. Before a towla worm has her babies, she climbs on a tree all by herself. Nobody forces the towla worm to get on the tree. She willingly searches out the kermes oak which is symbolic of its destiny. Then by her own choice, she climbs on the kermes oak tree. Jesus, by His own choice (not by man's choice), climbed upon the cross (made of kermes oak and not from a dogwood tree), and He did not come down until He finished what He came to earth to perform which was to die for our sins.
Neighbor, did you know that Jesus fully obeyed a command from His Father to lay down His life for sinners and take it again as He died to display His love for the saints. John 10:17 says Therefore, doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again; No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.
Jesus could have called twelve legions of angels to set Him free from the cross, but Jesus stayed on the cross and died to save multitudes of lost sinners. Matthew 26:52 says Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place; for all they that take the sword, shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I cannot now pray to my Father, and He shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be.
After the towla worm attaches herself to the kermes oak tree, she knows that she will not come back down alive. The towla worm goes to the tree to birth a family and to do that she must die. The towla worm's babies can not live unless their mother dies. Because Jesus died for the saints, the saints can now live. Colossians 1:21 tells us And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath He reconciled. In the body of His flesh through death, to present you holy, and unblameable, and unreproveable in His sight.
Next the towla worm will make sure she is secure because her body will be the shelter for her young that are born. The prophet Isaiah also proclaimed that the man Jesus was the shelter from the storm for His believers that are born again at Isaiah 32:2 saying And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert (shelter) from the tempest (storm); as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. Friends remember that it was not nails that held our Savior to the cross. It was love! That same love and broken body of our Lord Jesus is the protection for us against all the winds of heresy and unbelief of the ages.
You might say why is there a red crimson stain on the tree pictured above? The answer can be found as we continue to study the life of the towla worm as she gives birth to her babies. During her birthing process, the towla worm secretes a crimson fluid or gel. The scarlet dye fluid covers her entire body and all the eggs she lays. It also leaves a stain on the tree, which will never fade away with the passing of time. The wind can't remove it, the waters can't wash it out, and age along with time can't do any harm to it.
Please excuse me if I stop to shout right here! You may need to pause to join me and shout for joy too! The blood of Jesus stained Him, the cross, and all of us which are saved as the children of God. The bible proclaims at Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus Christ (and the blood of Jesus Christ shed at the cross) is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Therefore, according to Revelation 12:11 the saints will forevermore overcome the devil by the blood of the Lamb Jesus. Tell the devil that the blood of Jesus forever covers me and is evidence and proof that all my troubles, fears and problems have been destroyed forevermore by Jesus at the cross.
Brother Bob also tells people everywhere to say daily to the devil I am crucified with Christ and the blood of Jesus forevermore covers me to defeat and overcome the devil as they praise and worship Jesus as God. I believe the blood of Jesus is our most powerful weapon to destroy the devil and give us victory daily in our lives. The blood of Jesus will never lose its power. Thank you Lord Jesus for forever covering your saints with the blood of Jesus that never fades away and forevermore overcomes and defeats the devil.
Take time to praise Jesus for dying for us all on the cross so saints can be blessed and live as you read these blessed scriptures. Hebrews 2:10 says For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. Jesus truly proved that He was the towla scarlet worm when the soldiers mocked Jesus and put a scarlet robe on Jesus. The bible says at Matthew 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto Him the whole band of soldiers. And they stripped Him, and put on Him a scarlet robe.
OK, let's get back to discussing the towla worm pictured above. After the towla worm birthed her family and died, something amazing took place. For only a period of three days after the death of the towla worm, the towla worm could be scraped from the tree and mixed with water to make a scarlet dye that could never be removed.
The bible states that this scarlet dye from the towla worm was used to make the curtains of the tabernacle and the priestly garments. Exodus 26:1 says Moreover thou shalt make the tabernacle with ten curtains of fine twined linen, and blue, and purple, and scarlet (defined as the scarlet dye from the towla worm). Also Exodus 28:6 says And they shall make the ephod (priestly garment) of gold, of blue, and of purple, of scarlet (defined as the scarlet dye form the towla worm), and fine twined linen, with cunning work.
Now after three days and on the morning of the fourth day, the towla worm had pulled its head and tail together and was now in the shape of a heart on the tree, but it was no longer crimson red. The towla worm was now a wax that was white as snow. Friends, right now praise our Lord Jesus for being God's heart that died on the cross for you whose blood washes us whiter than snow. The prophet Isaiah stated at 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.
Now note that after the towla worm turns into a wax, this wax is harvested and used to make shellac, a preservative that protects wood. The resurrection after three days of our Lord Jesus was the shellac or the proof that preserved the message that Jesus died on the cross for multitudes of lost sinners for all generations. Without the resurrection, the cross would be meaningless.
Finally, note that the towla worm is also very fragrant when it is crushed. No other life in history has sweetened the pathway of humanity like the crimson towla worm who was crushed for our sin, Jesus. And yet another blessed fact about the towla worm is that a crushed towla worm can be used as medicine. We praise you Lord Jesus for being our crushed towla worm that heals all diseases.
Friend, Jesus is the towla crimson worm who died and was crushed for you. Jesus protected us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us. Galatians 3:13 says Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us; for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. Take time now to reflect on the price Jesus paid to redeem our souls from destruction. Jesus died for us. Will you live for Him?
Friends, as you look at the pictures above take time to meditate on Matthew 4:19 where Jesus said Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. Notice that in the first picture when Jesus as the towla worm was present in the boat with Peter and James, they caught a great multitude of fishes that their net brake. Jesus said to Peter at Luke 5:4 Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught (catch or haul of fish). Luke 5:6 goes on to say And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes, and their net brake.
Neighbor, Jesus showed Brother Bob that Jesus is the bait or towla worm that got hooked at the cross of calvary that saints must use as fishers of men to catch and pull lost sinners out of the fire of hell. Notice in the second picture that after Jesus was resurrected, he again showed the disciples that He was the towla worm that could catch multitudes of fish or lost sinners. Jesus told the disciples at John 21:6 fishing after His resurrection, Cast the net on the right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for the multitude of fishes.
When Jesus died, He was the middle man on the cross. On one side of Him there was a man dying in his sins, and on the other side of Him there was a man dying from his sins, but the man on the middle cross was dying for sin. After Jesus died on the cross for us, Jesus made us adopted sons of God. And as adopted sons of God, no man can remove us from God's will and blessed inheritance. If a parent has natural kin, they can remove them from their will, but if a child is adopted, the adopted child can not be removed from a parent's will by law.
The following scriptures proclaim saints as adopted children of Jesus who have a blessed inheritance that can never be removed by any man or law. Romans 8:15 says For ye have not received the Spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba Father. Ephesians 1:5 says Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will.
Friends, as believers in Jesus as God, we all are property owners of mansions given to us by Jesus on hallelujah boulevard. When the saints get to their mansions in the kingdom, they will be ready to immediately move into, and they won't have to wait on the streets for the builders to perform the finishing touches on their mansions. I need to add this other blessed revelation I heard from another preacher. According to Philippians 1:21 that says For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain saints experience a win win situation where they can not lose.
OK, my last picture above of Jonah who was used as bait like a towla worm as he was thrown from a ship and swallowed by a great fish reminds Brother Bob about Jesus as the towla worm. Jonah 1:15 says So they took up Jonah, and cast him forth into the sea, and the sea ceased from her raging. Jonah 1:17 goes on to say Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.
Now you might say how does the above picture of Jonah being used as a towla worm for a great fish to swallow relate to Jesus? The answer can be found at Matthew 12:40 that says For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly (defined as a sea monster or devil's belly), so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
Jonah as a type of towla worm was swallowed by the devil sea monster or great fish. Jesus also as a towla worm was swallowed by the devil at the cross. But, like Jonah, when Jesus was swallowed by the devil , Jesus destroyed the devil at the cross and after three days the devil had to let loose of Jesus and Jonah. This is proven by Ephesians 4:9 that says Now that He (Jesus) ascended, what is it but that He also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that He might fill all things.
The devil thought he had defeated Jesus at the cross but Jesus turned the tables on the devil and destroyed the devil at the cross. Hebrews 2:14 says that through death He (Jesus) might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil. Jesus totally stripped the devil of his power and proclaimed to the devil at Revelation 1:18 now I have the keys of hell and death and I am He that liveth and was dead, and behold I am alive forevermore; Amen, and have the keys of hell and death.
As always, I have enjoyed writing this bible study about the towla worm and I pray in Jesus name it blesses my friends everywhere with peace and strength. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.