I Am a Worm
“But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel. Our fathers trusted in thee: They trusted, and thou didst deliver them. They cried unto thee, and were delivered: They trusted in thee, and were not confounded. But I am a worm, and no man; A reproach of men, and despised of the people.” (Psalm 22:3-6)
Under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, David described the scene of the crucifixion of Jesus, which happened about a thousand years after David. The body of Jesus was bloody, and it was beaten and whipped so brutally by Roman soldiers to the point of beyond recognition.
When Jesus compared himself as a worm, this writer thought of him to compare himself as a gray-red boneless and defenseless earthworm. Until recently she accidentally discovered that the worm that Jesus talked about was not an ordinary earthworm, but a Tola’ath, which is very common in Middle Eastern countries. An earthworm can lay eggs six times a year, while a Tola’ath can only lay eggs once, and there is no second chance.
“I must go to Jerusalem… to suffer a lot and be killed…” (Matthew 16:21).
Nothing can stop a Tola’ath from climbing up and staying on the trees or a wooden pole. When it is the time for the Tola’ath to lay her eggs, she would automatically climb on the tree and produce a liquid that glues her body permanently to the wood and forms a hard shell to keep her body from moving. This hard shell can never be removed without completely tearing her body apart and destroying her because her shell protects her children from rain, storms and other predators.
“No one takes it away from me. I give my own life freely” (John 10:18).
After laying her eggs, the earthworm would not let her child eat her body, but the tola’ath feeds her body to her children .
God makes the innocent one sin for us so that we can become God’s righteousness in him (2 Corinthians 5:21)
The eggs of the Tola’ath were under her body in that hard liquid shell. Then she produces a red liquid or gel that covers her eggs, making her children red all their lives.
He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day (John 6:54).
The Tola’ath covered her children under her body and served her body as food for them.
Although your sins are like scarlet, they will become snow (Isaiah 1:18).
On the fourth day, her children left their birthplace, the red stains she left on the tree turned white and fell to the ground.
Although our sins were red as crimson, the blood of Jesus Blood is life. Jesus pays for our lives with His life; His blood covers our sin and washes away our sins rendering us pure as white as snow.
We thank You, Lord, for clinging to that tree just to give us clean new lives.