NUMBERS AND SCRIPTURES

images/I9.gifIn the Jewish mind, the subject of numbers is very significant. Throughout the Scriptures, there are obvious references to specific numbers that were undeniably placed there by the Holy Spirit because of some special significance.

Patrick Fairbairn said:

“If God has given all things their significance, and defined their bounds according to time, space, power, and number, and if He has appointed certain measurements to regulate things and times, Biblical numbers must be symbolical, and be worthy of our study; and if a fit subject for study, the laws by which this symbolism of numbers is controlled, require to be ascertained.”

The precise symbolic intent of any of these numbers in a specific passage in the Bible can never be proved to the satisfaction of all interpreters, but some generalizations hold true in many cases.

The Number 3

The number 3 seems to represent triads of completeness in the Bible. Sometimes of good and sometimes of evil. For example:

  1. The Triune God- Father, son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. The trinity of evil- The dragon, antichrist, and false prophet.
  3. The trinity of blessing- grace, mercy, and peace.
  4. The trinity of wickedness- The world, the flesh, & the devil.
  5. Heaven, earth, and the underworld.
  6. Beginning, middle, and end.
  7. Notice in Thessalonians all the three-fold statements.
  8. The trinity of the Scriptures- The law, prophets, and writings.
  9. Jesus rose on the third day.

Notice what Paul mentions about Salvation:

2 Corinthians 1:10 who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will still deliver us,

Man is body, soul, and spirit.

Time is past, present, and future.

Space is 3-dimensional: length, width, and height.

The universe is space, time, and matter.

Similarly, in the Bible, many rituals are carried out in threes-daily prayers and yearly fasts. Three is also associated with sacrifices-animals often had to be three years old (Genesis 15:9); fruit was not to be harvested until three years after the tree was planted (Leviticus 19:23).

The Number 4

The Number 4 is thought to represent Gods absolute control over the world.

  • 4 Directions on the earth (north, south, east, and west).
  • 4 Seasons (summer, autumn, winter, and spring).
  • 4 Things that make up the universe (time, energy, space, and matter).
  • 4 Major provisions for man (earth, air, fire, and water).
  • 4 Divisions of the day (morning, noon, evening, and midnight).
  • 4 Winds (Matthew 24:31)

The Bible mentions the number 4 many times: (Here’s just a few)

John 11:17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.

John 19:23 Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His garments and made four parts, to each soldier a part, and also the tunic. Now the tunic was without seam, woven from the top in one piece.

Revelation 7:1 After these things I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, on the sea, or on any tree.

Revelation 9:13 Then the sixth angel sounded: And I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God,

Revelation 21:16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.

  • Notice all the times 4 is used in Proverbs 30
  • The fourth man in the fiery furnace
  • The 4 generals who took over Alexanders kingdom (broken by God)
  • The 4 world empires (beasts) of Daniel
  • The 4 horns (gentile powers) of Zechariah

Four seems to represent cosmic order, as in the four phases of the moon, the four cardinal points of the earth, the four rivers of Paradise (Genesis 2:10), the four winds of heaven Jeremiah 49:36), the four guardians of the throne of God, and so forth.

But the number four can also represent God bringing disorder, for example, the Four Horsemen who bring calamity on the earth (Revelation 6:1-8) and the four acts of Judgment (sword, famine, evil beasts, and pestilence) with which God condemns the idolators of Jerusalem (Ezekiel 14:21).

The Number 5

Because man has 5 fingers, 5 toes, and 5 senses the number 5 is significant and thought to be the number of human weakness. He is considered weak and dependent. The number 5 may speak of man’s weakness and inability or God’s strength and ability. Some interesting examples:

  • The 5 loaves were not enough to feed the great multitude.
  • The 5 brothers in Luke 16 could not keep themselves out of Hades.
  • The 5 husbands could not satisfy the woman at the well.

The Number 6

The number 6 is thought to represent man’s weakness and inability to achieve perfection and sinlessness. Because of sin, a man must work for 6 days to remember his sin. 6 can also be seen as the number of evil and its full development. Rebellion will run its full course with the man of sin and the number of his name, 666.

The Number 7

The number 7 perhaps speaks of perfection or completeness. God’s complete provision in His dealings with men.

Some examples:

  • 7 days make a complete week
  • 7 colors make a perfect spectrum
  • 7 great land masses form a complete earth
  • 7 notes make a perfect scale
  • 7 great bodies of water form a complete ocean

There were the 7 days of creation as well as many other examples throughout the Scriptures:

Zechariah 3:9 For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,’ says the LORD of hosts, `And I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day.

Revelation 1:4 John, to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne,

  1. To the Jew, every 7th day was a Sabbath.
  2. Every 7th year was a Sabbatical year.
  3. After the 7th Sabbatical year was the year of Jubilee.
  4. Every 7th month was holy and had 3 feasts.
  5. There were 7 weeks between Passover and Pentecost.
  6. The Passover feast lasted 7 days.
  7. The Feast of Tabernacles lasted 7 days.
  8. At Passover 14 lambs (7 twice) were offered daily.
  9. At Tabernacles 14 lambs (7 twice) and 70 bullocks were offered.
  10. At Pentecost 7 lambs were offered.
  11. The time of mourning the dead was fixed to 7 days.

and so on…

Seven continues to have symbolic prominence in the New Testament, with Jesus telling Peter that it is not enough that he forgive the brother who had sinned against him seven times, but “seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:21-22). Seven is also the number of Greek-speaking Christians appointed by the Twelve Apostles in Acts 6:3.

The New Testament concludes in a “great surge of sevens, with heptads, explicit and implicit, tumbling forth from many verses.”

In the Book of Revelation there were:

  • The 7 letters to the 7 Churches.
  • The 7 Seal Judgements
  • The 7 Trumpet Judgements
  • The 7 Bowl Judgements
  • The 7 Golden Lampstands
  • The 7 Stars
  • The 7 Angels
  • The 7 Spirits of God
  • The Lamb with 7 Horns and 7 Eyes.
  • The 7 Lamps of Fire
  • The 7 Claps of thunder
  • The Fiery Red Dragon with 7 heads and 7 Crowns.
  • The Leopard-Like Beast with 7 heads.
  • The Scarlet-Colored Beast with 7 heads.
  • The 7 Mountains
  • The 7 Kings

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Jewish Tradition

According to Jewish tradition, the creation of the first man was completed in 7 hours:

“How was Adam created? In the first hour his dust was collected; in the second his form was created; in the third he became a shapeless mass; in the fourth his members were joined; in the fifth his apertures were opened; in the sixth he received his soul; in the seventh he stood up on his feet . . .” [The Talmud]

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The Number 8

The Number 8 is thought to represent the number of new beginnings. A male child was circumcised on the 8th day. The Sabbath lasted 7 days and the 8th day was the Lord’s day, the new day. The number 8 speaks of Jesus and the New Covenant. The church met on the 8th day or the first day, the new day.

The Number 10

The number 10 is a very significant number in the Bible. In examining the uses of the number 10 in Scripture it seems to represent human failure and God’s provision. For example:

– The 10 spies failed to see Gods power and provision, so they brought back an evil report:

Numbers 13:32 And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature.

– The 10 tribes failed to walk with God and to do His will. Therefore, they established a separate kingdom given to idolatry:

  1. Kings 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, “Take for yourself ten pieces, for thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: `Behold, I will tear the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to you
  2. Kings 17:22-23 For the children of Israel walked in all the sins of Jeroboam which he did; they did not depart from them, until the LORD removed Israel out of His sight, as He had said by all His servants the prophets. So Israel was carried away from their own land to Assyria, as it is to this day.

– The magicians and astrologers were 10 times as weak and insufficient as Daniel:

Daniel 1:20 And in all matters of wisdom and understanding about which the king examined them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and astrologers who were in all his realm.

– The 10 lepers were unable to cure themselves, they needed Jesus:

Luke 17:12 Then as He entered a certain village, there met Him ten men who were lepers, who stood afar off.

The Number 12

The number 12 has been thought to represent the number of God’s government. The ancient people recognized 12 lunar cycles corresponding loosely to 12 months in the year, and they divided the day and the night into 12-hour periods. They went on to organize the stars into the 12 signs of the Zodiac, and from their observations of the wanderings of the 7 planets through the 12 houses of heaven was born astrology.

The Bible tells that Jacob-Israel had 12 sons (Genesis 35:22-27) and that each of these became the founder of one of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, the people of God (Genesis 49:28). Jesus chose Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:2-4) for the beginnings of the Church. There were 24 classes of priests and Levites (1 Chronicles 24:4) and 48 Levitical cities (Numbers 35:7).

And again in the Book of Revelation, the number 12 becomes very important when symbolizing the salvation of God’s people. There are 24 elders around the throne of God and 144,000 of the saved (Revelation 4:4; 7:4). The perfection of the new Jerusalem is seen in its 12 gates, each “a single pearl,” and 12 foundations, each adorned with jewels. Its circumference is 12,000 furlongs, and its walls are 144 cubits high (Revelation 21:10-21; Ezekiel 48:30-35).

The Number 40

The number 40 seems to be around the number in Scripture denoting a generation. Some of the judges judged for 40 years (Othniel, Deborah, Barak, and Gideon). Saul, David, and Solomon each reigned as king for 40 years.

The Scriptures speak of the number 40 often:

  • The flood rains lasted 40 days and 40 nights
  • Moses was in the Egypt 40 years, Midian 40 years, and on the mountain 40 days.
  • Israel wandered in the wilderness 40 years.
  • The spies were in Canaan for 40 days.
  • Elijah fasted 40 days.
  • 40 days was given to Nineveh.
  • Jesus fasted 40 days
  • Jesus was with His disciples for 40 days after His resurrection (Acts 1:3).

LORD SEND PEACE

Jehovah-shalom: (The Lord sends peace.)

Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a man of rest, and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about: for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto Israel in his days.

Behold, a greater than Solomon is here. Unto us a child is born, unto us, a son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. My people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places; when it shall hail, coming down on the forest; and the city shall be low in a low place.

He is our peace. This man shall be the peace when the Assyrian shall come into our land.

These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords and King of kings.

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

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OBEDIENCE BRINGS BLESSINGS

And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless, at thy word, I will let down the net. —Luke 5:5.

Oh, what a blessed formula for us! This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing; nevertheless, at your word, I will go forward. This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear. It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, Thy will be done. But, nevertheless, at your word, I will say, “Even so, Father!” This besetting habit, or infirmity, or sin of mine, is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself—a second nature; to be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand or the plucking out of a right eye; nevertheless, at your word, I will lay aside every weight; this idol I will utterly abolish. This righteousness of mine it is hard to ignore; all these virtues, and amiabilities, and natural graces, it is hard to believe that they dare not in any way be mixed up in the matter of my salvation; and that I am to receive all from first to last as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ my Lord. Nevertheless, at your word “I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things” [Philippians 3:8].

Divisional Patriarch,

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

WHAT ARE WE STANDING AGAINST?

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Division, disunity, and discord are constants in a world ruined by sin. On virtually every front, over every conceivable issue, mankind is at war with itself. Driven by pride and greed, everyone wants his or her own way, and no one is given to sacrificing or surrendering for the sake of another.

And even when the people of the world do manage to work together—whether in a common cause, a business venture, or a marriage—you can be sure that self-interest underminds their cooperation. That’s what it means to be “dead in your trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1)—apart from Christ, we lack the ability to do anything truly selfless, righteous, or good.

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Thankfully, while the church is filled with sinners who share the same selfish instincts, God has freed His people from the bondage of their flesh and given them the ability to work together, sacrificing themselves for the sake of His kingdom and each other.

That unity among believers is a powerful encouragement. It buoys our spirits in the midst of trials, energizes our spiritual growth, shoulders our burdens, promotes accountability to live holy lives, and emboldens us to proclaim the truth of God’s Word. Christians are right to celebrate the unity the Lord has forged between us and must protect it against Satan’s assaults.

But we need to keep that unity in proper perspective, along with its implications. We love the imagery of standing together with other Christians, but are we giving too little thought about what we’re standing against? Many believers today are quick to assert their solidarity in the gospel. But what are the implications of that unity? It’s not enough just to affirm that we stand together for the gospel—we also need to understand what we’re united together against.

DYING FOR LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God (1 Chronicles 13:10).

A business friend of mine confessed that he did not like to read. He found it a difficult discipline. I replied “If you do not commit yourself to knowing what is in God’s Word and following it, you will fail to know and experience God. God’s Word is life to our souls. It provides knowledge that leads to life.” The prophet Hosea tells us “My people are destroyed from lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also reject you as my priests; because you have ignored the law of your God, I also will ignore your children (Hosea 4:6).

God has given us His Word that has specific laws and principles that must be followed if we expect the blessing of God. King David forgot to follow one of those laws related to the ark. “But they must not touch the holy things or they will die” (Numbers 4:15). When they were transporting the ark Uzzah innocently reached to steady the ark but was immediately stricken dead when his hands touched the ark of God. Did David know this law or did he simply forget? Did Uzzah know this law? If so, did he really believe it? David thought it was OK to carry the ark the way Uzzah did. A man lost his life for his presumption.

There is a burning desire for people to get into a pulpit and minister the word. You may have a good intention, but if it is not God’s will I urge you to stay away and live a normal Christian life. I think the whole aspect is “I can do a better job than the other person syndrome.” Or, is it the prestige one wants to be a minister with accolade and titles dressing a certain way? Truly there is a lack of knowledge of what serving the Lord is and what His word says.

Many business people I know take God’s Word lightly. They believe they can violate His Word without consequence. This is not true. The Lord stands by to uphold His Word. It can be life, or it can bring death. When God provides instructions we need to follow them. This does not go for the businessman, but every individual that names the Name of Christ. I think men see the church as a business for making money to enrich their pockets.

Knowing this about God brings a healthy fear of the Lord. “David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?” (1Chronicles 13:12). We must all have a fearful respect for the Word of God. For truly, it is life or death.

Do you take God’s Word seriously? Is it life or death for you? Do you feed on His Word daily so that you might know Him and know His precepts? Feed upon this knowledge and be blessed of God.

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MY SPIRIT LONGS FOR THEE

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

“That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so, might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 5:21

Asian bondage. But they sighed and groaned by reason of the bondage, and their cry came up unto God. He had respect unto his covenant, and looked upon them and delivered them (Exodus 2:23-25). So God has determined on behalf of his people that sin shall not be their eternal ruin; that it shall not plunge them into crime after crime, until it casts them at last into the Gulf of endless woe, but that grace “shall reign through righteousness unto eternal life.” But it must reign here as well as hereafter, for by its reign here its eternal triumph is secured. It must then subdue our proud hearts, and never cease to sway its peaceful scepter over them until it has secured in them absolute and unconditional victory. Now, this is what every sincere child of God most earnestly longs to feel and realize. He longs to embrace Jesus and be embraced by him in the arms of love and affection. As the hymn says,

“But now subdued by sovereign grace, My spirit longs for thy embrace.”

He hates sin, though it daily, hourly, momently works in him, and is ever seeking to regain its former mastery; he abhors that cruel tyrant who set him to do his vilest drudgery, deceived and deluded him by a thousand lying promises, dragged him again and again into captivity, and but for sovereign grace would have sealed his eternal destruction. Subdued by the scepter of mercy, he longs for the dominion of grace over every faculty of his soul and every member of his body. “O,” he says, “let grace reign and rule in my breast; let it not suffer any sin to have dominion over me; let it tame every unruly desire, and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ!” Thus, he who truly fears God looks to grace, and to grace only, not merely to save, but to sanctify; not only to pardon sin but to subdue it; not only to secure him an inheritance among the saints in light but to make him meet for it.

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BE DOERS OF THE WORD

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

Hear ye, therefore, the parable of the sower.

19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the wayside. —Matthew 13:18-19.

In the parable of the sower, our Lord strikingly presents the method and results of the ministry of truth in his divine kingdom. The seed is sown broadcast. The field, with its diversified conditions of soil, represents human hearts. Some hearts are hard, like the beaten track which can yield no fruit. They are not receptive to the truth. In their case, the seed simply lies on the surface. Dew, rain, and sun are of no use to it. Moreover, it is not allowed to remain. “The birds came and devoured it.” In other words, “Satan comes and snatches away that which has been sown in the heart.” Want of interest, inattention, and speedy forgetfulness characterize a large mass of the hearers of the gospel, hence the disastrous failure that is here depicted.

But even the hardened wayside was once soft loam. Hearts that were once tender and susceptible of good impressions become gradually hardened. Wasted opportunities, the riotous revel of sins, the action of worldly pleasures, the tramp of business, all or any of these may render the heart impervious to the truth, and consequently unfruitful.

Souls, however, are not helpless and irresponsible. The wayside may be converted into fertile soil. God can change the hardened heart into “an honest and good heart” (Luke 8:15), which shall yield precious and abundant fruit.

Happy are those who seek and obtain this grace that they may believe and be saved.

GOD’S OATH CANNOT FAIL

That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:—Hebrews 6:18.

It is the glory of the gospel that it reveals glad tidings to hopeless sinners. It finds nothing in us to entitle us to the favour of God: but it brings all hope and consolation to the soul, founded upon the most absolute promises, and the strongest assurance of an immutable God, as verily as it is impossible for any of the heirs of promise to perish. Such is the blessed hope set before us. Happy souls, who have fled to Jesus for refuge, and have laid hold of this hope. Henceforward nothing but consolation, strong consolation, arises to such poor sinners from the word of truth. This hope can never fail them; whatever within or without fluctuates or changes, this never can.

This hope is ever to be held fast, even though appearances wear a gloomy aspect, sense of comfort declines, feelings of joy seem dead, and all hope from ourselves forsakes us. But, Father, your mercies never die; your counsel shall stand, your oath cannot fail. Hope in these is an anchor to the soul.

Whatever storms or tempests are without, or when the swelling waves of corruption lift up their voice within, yet the God of hope is mightier than all, and the Christian hope rises above all; therefore is it sure and steady. It is cast out of sight within the veil. By this blessed hope of the gospel—poor sin-condemned, soul—distressed sinners are kept steady to Jesus and find a comfortable and secure refuge. And that precious Spirit who shows them their danger, and guides them to safety, causes the joy of hope to spring up in their souls. They enjoy a good hope through grace and are made to abound in hope by the power of the Holy Ghost. This is a comforting operative grace; it leads the soul to expect all that God has promised, even all the blessings of the everlasting covenant of grace, which flow to us from the life and death of Jesus. All are secured by the immutable counsel and solemn oath of an unchangeable God, both for time and eternity. And as a fruit and evidence that it is a holy, godly hope, it influences the soul in obedience to all the Lord’s commands. “And everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself just as he is pure” (1 John 3:3 Holman). Thus Jesus is the only and alone object, through whom God reveals the hope of salvation. His work is finished: it is our happiness to believe this and to rejoice in the hope it affords us. Christ is therefore ever to be looked to, and daily trusted in. And the more you are exercised in this way, so much the more inward hope and joyful consolation will be experienced in the soul. “And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.” (Psalm 39:7).

GOD OFTEN CALLS US TO GIVE UP OUR RIGHTS

Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. —Philippians 4:5

The very test of consecration is our willingness not only to surrender the things that are wrong but to surrender our rights, to be willing to be subject. When God begins to subdue a soul, he often requires us to yield the things that are of little importance in themselves, and thus break our neck and subdue our spirit.

No Christian worker can ever be used by God until the proud self-will is broken, and the heart is ready to yield to God’s every touch, no matter through whom it may come.

Many people want God to lead them in their way [not His] and they will brook no authority or restraint. They will give their money, but they want to dictate how it shall be spent. They will work as long as you let them please themselves, but let any pressure come and you immediately run up against, not the grace of resignation, but a letter of resignation, withdrawing from some important trust, and arousing a whole community of criticizing friends, equally disposed to have their own opinions and their own will about it. It is destructive of all real power.

Divisional Patriarch,

Sir Godfrey Gregg D.Div

WHAT WOULD YOU SAY?

WHAT DO YOU TELL YOURSELF EVERY MORNING AS YOU START THE DAY?​​

● ​​Moses would say, “Lord, if You don’t go with us or before us, we are not going anywhere.”​​

● ​​Abraham would say, “The Lord will provide.”​​

● ​​Jacob would say, “I won’t let go of You unless You bless me.”​​

● ​​Joshua would say, “As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”​​

● ​​Samuel would say, “Speak, Lord, for Your servant is listening.”​​

● ​​Nehemiah would say, “The joy of the Lord is my strength.”​​

● ​​David would say, “The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.”​​ ​_and “This is the day that the Lord has made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.”​_

● ​​Solomon would say, “Trust in the Lord, oh my soul, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your path.”​​

● ​​Isaiah would say, “Arise and shine for my Glory has come.” and “No weapon formed against me shall prosper.”​​

● ​​Jeremiah would say, “The Lord has plans to prosper me and not to harm or fail me.”​​

● ​​Jabez would say, “Oh, that you may bless me and enlarge my territory.”​​

● ​​Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego would say, “We will not bow down to any image but will serve the Lord.”​​

● ​​Ezekiel would say, “Any dry bones in my life, live again.”​​

​Choose your daily statement of faith. Meditate on it! Speak it every morning.