While we study the Scripture we often see the words used in the passages from beginning to the end, are not mere words but concordant and carrying characteristics that have much more than mere meaning of a word shall carry. In the previous post we had seen Isaiah using the expression “Fear not, thou worm Jacob and ye men of Israel;I will help thee saith the Lord, and thy redeemer..(Is.41:14).” A word like worm holds a meaning commonly accepted as well as a meaning acquired according to its context. But it is of the third usage is what we are looking here. Word as a symbol. Spirit uses a word like worm symbolically as well as to set it as an essential aspect of Christian theology. Symbol in the sense the Spirit has while reorganizing points of view of God the Father and of the Son rendered the fulfillment aspect of the Son more vivid. He is the Elect of God for this reason.
Now let us come to the specifics. Worm is a lowly creature often trodden under foot. Secondly it was used by inspiration of God and by our Lord in a moment of crisis. In this connection let us turn to the Psalm where it is used. ‘but I am a worm, and no man;…despised of people (Ps.22:6) The Psalm was uttered by our Lord Savior in agony hanging from the cross. In the Gospel of St.Matthew we read that Jesus uttered the first line (Matt.27:46) fulfilling thereby his place, continuity of God’s Will. His ancestor inspired by the Spirit would have had no knowledge but God. When Jesus Christ the Word made flesh recalls it is his Spirit connecting with the human side of Jesus. So Spirit of Christ working with holy prophets of old establishes Jacob as a worm who would be made a new threshing instrument having teeth. Symbols when used by the Spirit are meant to connect people and events and the elect are redeemed by the Holy One of Israel. In the context the term ‘Redeemer’ is for the Jews and the Gentiles as well.
When God predicts of enmity between the seed of the serpent and of the woman it has a long range that shall persist till the end times. The dragon in the Vision of the woman clothed with the sun(Re.12:17) goes out to make war with the remnant of her seed. The left out church on the earth and the Jews (after the man-child was taken to the throne of God) are included in the words of God((Ge.3:15). All such concordance of terms are brick and mortar of theology and it is with reference to Christ and His atonement. Unless Jesus Christ had not let himself as worm there would be no Israel empowered to make a mountain as plain before him. Unless he allowed to be despised of people there would no glory for Jacob whom he has called in righteousness. So their election is because Christ stood in the breach between his Father and the apostasy of Judah.”But thou has not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me,O Israel (Is.43:22).”
Prophet Isaiah points the Servant who is upheld by God as the elect of God. During his earthly ministry as Servant King we read how a voice from heaven attested,”This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased(Matt.3:17,Jn.12:28)”
When we are exhorted to make our calling and election sure we need be certain that one aspect of it as having been there already. God sent the Son with the mandate which was universal. Divine Will was on the basis of divine Nature- God is Love. So God sent his Son to give everlasting life to all who would be saved (‘Whosoever believeth in him) Jn.3:15. Election is our part so our choice to be part of all those who are predestined)has not been in vain. Can two walk together unless agreed upon? Amos 3:3 So when we accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior we step in that slot held for by God before the worlds began. It is what this verse indicates:”Accordingly as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love(Ep.1:4)”
Mine elect (Is.45:4, 65:9, 22)
Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.
2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.
3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.
5 Thus saith God the Lord, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:
6 I the Lord have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;
7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.
8 I am the Lord: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.
9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
10 Sing unto the Lord a new song, and his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.
11 Let the wilderness and the cities thereof lift up their voice, the villages that Kedar doth inhabit: let the inhabitants of the rock sing, let them shout from the top of the mountains.
12 Let them give glory unto the Lord, and declare his praise in the islands.
13 The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies.
14 I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once.
15 I will make waste mountains and hills, and dry up all their herbs; and I will make the rivers islands, and I will dry up the pools.
16 And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.
17 They shall be turned back, they shall be greatly ashamed, that trust in graven images, that say to the molten images, Ye are our gods.
18 Hear, ye deaf; and look, ye blind, that ye may see.
19 Who is blind, but my servant? or deaf, as my messenger that I sent? who is blind as he that is perfect, and blind as the Lord’s servant?
20 Seeing many things, but thou observest not; opening the ears, but he heareth not.
21 The Lord is well pleased for his righteousness’ sake; he will magnify the law, and make it honourable.
22 But this is a people robbed and spoiled; they are all of them snared in holes, and they are hid in prison houses: they are for a prey, and none delivereth; for a spoil, and none saith, Restore.
23 Who among you will give ear to this? who will hearken and hear for the time to come?
24 Who gave Jacob for a spoil, and Israel to the robbers? did not the Lord, he against whom we have sinned? for they would not walk in his ways, neither were they obedient unto his law.
25 Therefore he hath poured upon him the fury of his anger, and the strength of battle: and it hath set him on fire round about, yet he knew not; and it burned him, yet he laid it not to heart.