Sent: Wednesday, April 09, 2014 1:11 PM
Subject: The crimson grub (in Israel)

Hi all

Isaiah 1:18

Come (Walk with me) now, and let us reason (be corrected) together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be rosy red (adam) like (that) crimson (grub), they shall be as wool.

Psalm 22:6

But I [am] a worm, (a grub), and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.

Chatting about the crimson worm (grub, or its scientific name Kermes insect) , found on oak trees in Israel, used in ancient times to dye the garments of the High Priest, how the female in its death naturally stains both the wood of the tree as well as the baby grubs feeding on it underneath with its red dye - Jesus shedding his precious blood on the cross — and over us — I do vaguely remember hearing some of this from a teacher long ago back at Sunday School, anyway, here's a great web page, with a picture of the grub, that the Alpha & Omega Institute popped together

Three days after it dies, the mother's body loses its crimson colour and turns into a white wax which falls to the ground like snow. Can be harvested and used to make shellac, a preservative. The crimson grub is also, apparently, very fragrant when crushed, and can be used to make medicine.

Great pictures.

Blessings all Steve

Stephen Williamson Computing Services Pty Ltd

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