Saturday, January 26, 2013

The House of the Moth

Job 27:13 This is the portion of a wicked man...
Job 27:18 He buildeth his house as a moth, and as a booth (a lean to) that the keeper (of the vineyard) maketh.

The moth's house is an interesting study in the frailty of humanity and our lack of security without God.

An interesting comparison between the moth and the wicked man is that the moth, unlike the butterfly, is primarily nocturnal. The Bible says:
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

But the house of the moth is our topic for the day. The only time the moth has a house (besides the cocoon) is in the egg and larvae stages. Of course, the eggs are laid in clothing and when they hatch the larvae eats the  clothing. Here are some thoughts in regard to the house of the moth / the wicked.

1. The security of the house is tenuous. It only takes someone to come by and shake out the garment and the larvae/moth loses it's home.
2. At very best the larvae/moth's home is temporary.
3. The home (security) of the larvae/moth comes at the expense of someone else. The moth does not make it's home in something of it's own construction, but rather takes up residence in the clothes (the work) of others.
4. The larvae/moth ends up eating itself out of house and home. The larvae actually eat that cloth in which they are residing. This is an astounding picture of those that are doing damage to themselves and are blissfully unaware of their own impending homelessness (lack of security).

Also interesting, is that the colour of their cocoon is dependent upon the colour of cloth that they were eating. In other words, the character of their first home (the cloth) is displayed in the structure of their second home. A fresh start without Christ is a misnomer. You always bring you with you wherever you go to start again, and the colour of the second house will reflect the insufficiency of the first. The only way to get a fresh start is by becoming a new man. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

So today, we can either have the house that the moth built, or build our house securely upon Christ.
Luke 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

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