The Mystery of “WHAT IS IT?”-Part 7 -The Manna and the Tola Worm

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The Children of Israel are in the wilderness because of their unbelief and lack of faith.  It is in the wilderness that the LORD miraculously provides Manna, what the Jews called "bread from heaven, the bread of angels."  This bread from heaven, or manna, came with conditions.  The Lord told them to collect only enough bread to eat for one day and not to collect the bread on the Sabbath.  They were told that they could collect two days worth of bread but only on Friday. 

The Jews, true to form, disobeyed God and collected more bread than they needed during the days of the week that God had told them to collect only enough for one day.  This disobedience made God angry and it made Moses angry.  And what was the punishment for this act of disobedience?

The answer is the MIRACLE TOLA WORM. 

Now at this point, you are probably thinking to yourself.  What’s the miracle?  Worms will show up in bread or anything else if you leave it around long enough.  And you would be right.  What made this a miracle was the timing.  The bread that was collected for the next day by the unbelieving Children of Israel was immediately infested with worms.  The process was so pronounced and immediate as to be shocking.  Listen to what the Scriptures tell us about this event in Exodus 16:19-20.

19 And Moses said, Let no man leave of it till the morning.
20 Notwithstanding they hearkened not unto Moses; but some of them left of it until the morning, and it bred worms, and stank: and Moses was wroth with them.

If you are not convinced this is a miracle please consider what follows next as recorded by Moses in Exodus 16:22-24.

22 And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of the congregation came and told Moses.
23 And he said unto them, This is that which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the morning.
24 And they laid it up till the morning, as Moses bade: and it did not stink, neither was there any worm therein.

So the first thing we notice about the Miracle Tola Worm is that it is connected to the Manna that came from heaven.  Before we take a closer look at this connection and discover its prophetic significance, let’s take a closer look at the Tola Worm. Before we can make any sense out of the prophetic words found in the Psalms and why they are connected with Jesus the Christ we need to investigate this quite rare Tola Worm that is found almost exclusively in Israel.

Would you be surprised to discover that the Tola Worm was actually bred and harvested  by the Priests of Israel in the Old Testament era?  As it turns out the Tola Worm was crushed to produce a deep red blood that was used as a dye.  As a dye it had unusual properties.  It produced a beautiful crimson red color that never faded and could not be washed out or ever removed.

And how was this dye used?  It was used to dye the garments that God prescribed to be worn by the Priests.

And just so you would not miss the picture that God has created for us and brought to our attention in Psalms 22, we discover something else about the Tola worm that makes it completely unique. In order to reproduce itself, the Tolath worm climbs and attaches itself onto a tree.  It remains attached to the tree until it dies.  As it dies, it sheds it’s blood upon the tree it is attached to and lays its eggs.  The blood acts as an incubator for its eggs and also as a food supply for the babies to eat.  When this process is finished all that is left is a red crimson stain on the tree. 

If that is not enough of a prophetic harbinger, then let me add the final picture in the drama of the Tolath Worm.

After three days the Red Crimson Stain dries up, turns white and like a snowflake falls off the tree.

The following scripture comes to mind.


Isaiah 1:18

“…though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

So far we have connected the Tola worm to the Manna that fell from Heaven and to the Cross of Calvary.  Before we explore that amazing prophetic connection, let’s investigate one more thing. 

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