But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Psalms 22:6
This of course is prophetic of Jesus hanging on the cross being despised and rejected of men.
The word worm is the Hebrew word “tôlâ” which means:
“a maggot (as voracious); specifically the crimson-grub, but used only (in this connection) of the color from it, and cloths dyed therewith: — crimson, scarlet, worm.”
Henry Morris, on page 73 of his book “Biblical Basis for Modern Science”, 1985, Baker Book House, describes this as:
the worm “coccus ilicis” – When the female of the scarlet worm species was ready to give birth to her young, she would attach her body to the trunk of a tree, fixing herself so firmly and permanently that she would never leave again. The eggs deposited beneath her body were thus protected until the larvae were hatched and able to enter their own life cycle. As the mother died, the crimson fluid stained her body and the surrounding wood. From the dead bodies of such female scarlet worms, the commercial scarlet dyes of antiquity were extracted. What a picture this gives of Christ, dying on the tree, shedding His precious blood that He might “bring many sons unto glory” (Heb. 2:10)! He died for us, that we might live through Him! Ps. 22:6 describes such a worm and gives us this picture of Christ. (cf. Isa 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 1:18
To learn how your sins as scarlet can be white as snow, read this article:
Franciscus M. Dartee
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