Summary: Let us study caterpillars, cankerworms, palmerworms, mold and mildrew in the Bible and find the hidden lessons of RETSORATION!
WHEN THE WORMS INCREASE? Hear God!
DON’T CRY OVER THE WORM DAMAGE, SEEK RESTORATION.
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
THIS IS AT LEAST A TWO PART SERIES!
I. SOMETIMES LIFE IS HARD, THE EARTH SEEMS AS IRON, AND THE HEAVENS SEEM AS BRASS. THERE IS A TYPE IN THE BIBLE ABOUT HAVING TROUBLE --- IT IS THE WORM, CATERPILLAR, LOCUST, GRASSHOPPER, PALMERWORM AND THE CANKERWORM ---THEY HAVE GREAT HIDDEN MEANING!
Psalm 51:12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
Job 14:1 Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.
Joel 1:1 The word of the Lord that came to Joel the son of Pethuel.
2 Hear this, ye old men, and give ear, all ye inhabitants of the land. Hath this been in your days, or even in the days of your fathers?
3 Tell ye your children of it, and let your children tell their children, and their children another generation.
4 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpiller eaten.
5 Awake, ye drunkards, and weep; and howl, all ye drinkers of wine, because of the new wine; for it is cut off from your mouth.
A. REMEMBER IN EGPYT, THE EAST WIND (A TYPE) BRINGS IN THE LOCUST?
We can focus on the east wind that brought in the locust, but while we remember this, also remember God had A WEST WIND THAT TOOK AWAY THE LOCUST.
B. There was great trouble when the locust came, but God has mercy and limits the destruction.
C. THANK GOD FOR THE PLAN THAT BRINGS RELIEF.
D. REMEMBER THE OMER TEST AND THE WORMS?
Exodus 16:20 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.
The worms were a type of God’s displeasure for those that failed the OBEDIENCE TEST.
They were to get one omer per individual, no more --- no less.
E. DISOBEDIENCE BROUGHT ABOUT THE WORMS AND THE STINK!
F. DO YOU RECALL AN ANGRY PREACHER THAT WAS MAD AT GOD AND THE WHOLE WORLD?
God sent a WORM TO PREACH TO THE PREACHER?
G. A gourd plant was prepared to make A COMFORT ZONE for the disappointed preacher. The preacher loved his COMFORT ZONE OF SHADE AND REST.
H. GOD HAD A PLAN, GOD SENT A WORM TO TRY TO WAKE UP THE PREACHER.
Jonah 4:7 But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
II. CAN YOU HEAR THE SPIRIT OF GOD? THERE IS A GREAT MESSAGE WE MUST ACCEPT, WHEN THE WORMS INCREASE --- GOD IS TRYING TO GET US TO OPEN OUR EYES AND ALLOW HIS RESTORATION POWER TO FREELY FLOW!
Amos 4:9 I have smitten you with blasting and mildew: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm
devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto me, saith the Lord.
A. WOW, GOD’S MESSAGE IS POWERFUL AND REAL FOR US TODAY!
B. GOD CAN! GOD CAN USE MANY AREAS TO ACCOMPLISH HIS MESSAGE.
ARE THERE SOME AREAS IN YOUR LIFE TODAY THAT OUR GOD IS TRYING TO GET OUR ATTENTION AND BRING ABOUT CHANGE?
C. IF YOU WANT THINGS DIFFERENT THAN HOW THEY ARE, WE MUST SUBMIT TO CHANGE.
TO STAY THE SAME AND NOT GROW DEEPER CAN BE A DANGEROUS TRAP OF OUR ENEMY.
LET US REMEMBER, SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY WE WILL REACH TO CHANGE IS WHEN IT IS TOO PAINFUL TO STAY THE SAME.
D. Will we hear God? When will we hear God?
III. CONSIDER YOUR WAYS? WHAT WILL IT TAKE TO MAKE US ISSUE AN HONEST MEASURE OF OUR MATURITY, UNITY, AND HARMONY IN OUR DAILY WALK?
IT IS HIGH TIME TO LOOK INWARD AND EVALUATE WHY ARE WE HERE?
WE HAVE SOME REAL PROBLEMS AND ISSUES OF THE HEART.
GOD IS CALLING WHEN THE WORMS INCREASE...
WILL WE BRING THE WEIGHTS AND WORDS AND ATTITUDES THAT ARE HINDERING US FROM RECEIVING THE FULLNESS OF GOD AND COME TO THE POWER OF RESTORATION?
2 Chron. 6:28 If there be dearth in the land, if there be pestilence, if there be blasting, or mildew, locusts, or caterpillers; if their enemies besiege them in the cities of their land; whatsoever sore or whatsoever sickness there be:
29 Then what prayer or what supplication soever shall be made of any man, or of all thy people Israel, when every one shall know his own sore and his own
grief, and shall spread forth his hands in this house: