Today’s Devotional – January 7th (The Chrysalis Christian!)

By admin On January 10th, 2021

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Today’s Devotional – January 7th

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ARTICLE #1

(To read article #2, scroll to bottom of this page)

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The Chrysalis Christian!

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“O LORD, how manifold are thy works!

in wisdom hast thou made them all:

the earth is full of thy riches.”

Psalm 104:24

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THE CATERPILLAR

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Just think about how the marvelous little butterfly is such a wonderful symbol of the Christian’shttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Grasglucke_Raupe.jpg experience!

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And this is because, for the butterfly to exist, it must be “born again”.

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Behold the little caterpillar, who is stuck here on the ground (or on a plant or up in a tree), spending its life, eating the green herbs of the earth!

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And so too, before a person becomes born again, we are like that little caterpillar, stuck down here, eating of the things of earth, things of the world! We have no wings! We’re destined to live, then doomed to die!

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And this is the condition of fallen humanity. Prisoners in Lucifer’s dungeon: this sad and dying world! Living by the flesh, with all its affections and lusts!

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All our lives, pushing ourselves along, going to-and-fro, hopelessly eating all those miserable pleasures of sin!

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Grasglucke Raupe – Wikipedia – Share-alike license

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TWO SETS OF LEGS

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Now here is an interesting fact!

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You see, normally a caterpillar has two sets of legs: one set of six, and another set of ten.

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And so it is with unsaved mankind. Man forever pushes himself along by his own strength, represented by those six legs (“six” being the number of “Man”, but “six” also being the number of “human works”).

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But unsaved man tries to be moral at the same time. This is how we justify our lives, by thinking that whatever we do must be good and must be right! 

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And so, our morality is represented by those ten legs (“ten” symbolizing the Law and judgment).

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But this also relates to the faithful church-goer! When a person begins to attend church, he (or she) more often than not, attempts to keep the Law (symbolized by the ten legs). And in order to keep the the Ten Commandments, the Christian must do it by his own human works (symbolized by those six legs).

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But the church-goer still remains on earth.

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He still clings to the things of this world, while trying to keep the Law too!

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Caterpillar pseudopodia – Share-alike license – Wikipedia

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TIME FOR A CHANGE

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But of course, this is all futile!

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Utterly hopeless, both for the worldling as well as for thJames Lindsey at Ecology of Commanstere church-goer!

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It is virtually impossible to attempt to obey God, while clinging to the world! And such a futile life of human works only multiplies his guilt and frustration!

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And so then, after struggling along in this vain religion for much too long, there finally comes the moment of truth for the little caterpillar. The day finally arrives when he fully realizes, that it’s time for a change!

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And so this little worm climbs up on a leaf, or a twig of a tree, and miraculously is created a chrysalis! And then begins a struggle. And then begins a metamorphosis.

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Yes, this little worm begins to literally die within this chrysalis, his secret little hiding-place. And thus is set in motion a miraculous phenomenon! This little caterpillar worm enters this death-stage.

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But this is a death which will ultimately lead to life anew!

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This is because that little worm completely changes into an entirely different creature!

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

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THE CHRISTIAN CHRYSALIS

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Now, as already stated, this Chrysalis stage can easily be compared to the struggle in which the earth-bound human gets tired of trying to keep the Law by his own strength!

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He realizes that all his good works and vain ministries were just a futile effort to earn “Heavenly brownie-points”!

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He wants Heaven, but he realizes that he can’t have Heaven, while still clinging to earth, clinging to the world! And he finally sees that the Law cannot be kept by human strength. He realizes his need for a Lord to keep him…and for a Good Shepherd to guide him. He now understands that he needs to become “born again”, into the image of Christ. He knows that he needs Divine Strength to replace his human strength. Divine Wisdom to replace his human wisdom.

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And so he studies his Bible, as he once did (legalistically), but now he begins to meditate on it too, throughout his day! That’s something he didn’t do before. He was just too busy eating the things of the earth, to really meditate on the Word!

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But now he knows that his only hope is to hide that Word ever so deeply within his heart.

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Chrysalis(Pupa) of a Common Crow Butterfly – cropped image – Wikimedia – Share-alike license

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A FULL SURRENDER

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Yes, he is finally finished with the world with all of its glittering tinsel-like attractions.

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Now he only wants Heaven! Now he only desires the sweet nectar of God’s Word.

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And so he is finally determined to devote the rest of his earthly life to the Lord. So he is resolved, whether at work, whether at rest, or whether serving his family, his life’s devotion will be to serve the Lord! He now is ready to endure anything, if that’s what it takes to win Christ!

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And so he begins to beg God to crucify that “old man” (self) who is slave to his lusts, so that the “new Man” (Christ) can live out His life through him.

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But he also understands that Christ cannot live through him while the “old man” still reigns and rules over his life and over his heart!

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There has to be a death to self!

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USMC – Prayer before Bible study – Wikimedia – Public Domain

 

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THE BUTTERFLY

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And then begins the struggle to die! This goes on for days.

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This little worm starts to literally melt into liquid! And this process continues day-by-day, night-by-night! But finally comes the day when the caterpillar fully dies. But this death is not in vain! No, this death only brings life! This is because this little earth-clinging worm is now fully and miraculously changed into an entirely new creation! Thus ends the Chrysalis-stage.

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Because after some days or weeks of this turmoil and metamorphosis, a butterfly is born! Now with two beautiful wings, this entirely new creation emerges and takes his winged flight, fully engaged in a search for the sweet nectar of every correct flower. No longer is he a creature of the earth! No longer does he need to inch his way through the grass, in search of earthly food!

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His new home is in the sky, and through the air he wings his way to the next flower, in search of sweet heavenly nectar!

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South American butterfly – cropped image – Wikipedia – Share-alike license

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CHRIST, THE ‘NEW MAN’ WITHIN

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And this is exactly what happens when a Christian finally dies-to-self.

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Now the “new Man”, Christ, can fully live out His righteous and holy life through that Believer, who has crucified the “old man”.

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Now that Christian can say with Paul… “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me.” Galatians 2:20.

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And now this new creation can live out the righteousness and holiness and divine love of Christ, forever sipping on the ever-sweet nectar of God’s Word: all because it is Christ who now lives out His life through that truly “born again” Believer!

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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TO READ PART 2, JUST CLICK HERE… “July 16th (But I Am A Worm!)”

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YOU MAY WANT TO  WATCH THIS AMAZING 4 MINUTE YOUTUBE VIDEO OF A MONARCH CATERPILLAR MORPHING INTO A BUTTERFLY BY TIME-LAPSE CAMERA…CLICK HERE

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Help me to repent of trying to live this dual life: trying to live for Heaven, while trying to cling to this self-indulgent world at the same time. Help me to go into my hiding place and begin to wrestle with God, and not give up until God blesses me with Christ living through me…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The Crown of Revelation 12: What Is “The Time of Jacob’s Trouble”?”

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THE END

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

Info & pics of constellations on this site from Wikipedia & International Astronomical Union (click here)

 

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VALLEY OF DECISION CONSTELLATION GROUP

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SO WHERE ARE THE “MULTITUDES”?…

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“And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD,” Isaiah 2:2, 3

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So where are the multitudes in this constellation? Well if you look at this sketch to the right, carefully, you will see an ENTIRE GALAXY making a slow trek up the steep slope toward the summit of one of the mountains. It is the mountain which is to the north in this sketch. This is the galaxy commonly called Andromeda. It is estimated to have possibly a trillion stars! Is a trillion stars a big enough multitude? Oh yes! Listen to God talking to Abraham…

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“And He (God) brought him (Abraham) forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.” Genesis 15:5

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But this mountain in which this multitude of stars is climbing represents a very awesome and wonderful Bible concept. This mountain in Scripture is known as Mount Zion. And it is also known as the Mount of Blessing. It represents that spiritual mountain which Believers must climb, in order to reach the City of God. Listen to Scripture…

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“But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem…To the…church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven…” Hebrews 12:22, 23. Well it sure seems that this verse is correct when it says the words… “which are written in heaven”! Because this galaxy in this constellation group is a wonderful picture of the Church as it makes it trek to the summit of this starry mountain; a picture of God’s Church…His faithful people…written in the heavens. These are the Signs of Heaven, promised long ago to be revealed before that “great and terrible Day of the Lord”

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“And I will show WONDERS IN THE HEAVENS and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come.”

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(Joel 2:30, 31 Drawing of Abraham counting stars – Wikipedia – Public Domain. Click here for full size.

Andromeda Galaxy by Adam & Wikipedia – Share-alike license)

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SECOND MOUNTAIN…CHOICE “B”…

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“They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.” Isaiah 11:9

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Now there are two mountains in this constellation group. One mountain is symbolic of Zion, but also of the Mount of Blessing. So what is the second mountain? It is the mount of cursing…the law. Scripture refers to the law as the “ministration of death and condemnation” 2nd Corinthians 3:7, 9. The law is that which shows the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Listen to Romans… “Therefore by the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified…for by the law is the knowledge of sin.” Romans 3:20. This reminds us of those two mountains: Gerzim and Ebal…the Mount of Blessing and the Mount of Cursing.

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “The ‘Valley of Decision’ Constellation”

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PLEASE READ PART 2 BELOW…

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The Chrysalis Christian, Part 2:

“But I Am A Worm!”

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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 some days or weeks, 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 – cropped imaghe – wikipedia – share-alike license

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

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

American Lady Butterfly Against The Sky – cropped image – 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 – cropped image – 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 seemingly make no sense?

This massive constellation is comprised of the various constellations on this website.

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?

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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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Sign of the Son of Man Constellation – made of the various constellations on this website

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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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Baptized in the Jordan – Wikimedia – Licensed

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TOMORROW…

January 8th . . . . Why Isn’t This Devotional Like Other Devotionals?

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