Biblical Significance of Numbers
by R Cecilia Askew
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If you are like me, then you have a special number that you believe works for you. Personally my favourite number is five, but if I attached significance as it relates to my spiritual journey then the number would be three. When I think about my faith walk, I found that I made the third Anglican Women’s Cursillo in The Bahamas, I made the third parochial renewal weekend [Discovery] in our diocese and most significant it was the third relationship that resulting in marriage [although engaged prior to that]. So you can see why the number ‘3’ is of great significance to me both spiritual and as regards relationships.
No I am not a ‘new age thinker’ nor am I a mystic. I am a student of the word of God and I have found through my study and research that if I truly want to have my steps ordered by His word, then I must may attention to detail. Granted, the world order places meaning on numbers as it relates to jobs and success. There is the practice of numerology used by physics and/or mediums.
However all of these things have their roots in the bible. One of my books for study is the “Book of Bible Lists” by H. L. Willmington and in it I found the implication for certain numbers as it related to the spiritual journey of the God’s people. As I often lead bible studies for my ministry group, I have prepared a short study on a few of the main numbers and what they represent:
Number 1: The primary number that signifies absolute singleness; sovereignty and light.
Study: Deut. 6:4; Eph. 4:4-6
Number 2: Is the number of support and witness.
Study: Gen. 1:16; Exod. 25:22; Matt. 26:60; Acts 1:10; Rev. 11:3
Number 3: The number of the Godhead and represents unity and accomplishment.
Study: Gen. 6:10; Exod. 23:14, 17; Ezra 10:9; Neh. 2:11; John 2:19; Luke 13:7
Number 4: Is an earth-related number and it refers to the four seasons of the year and the four directions.
Study: Dan. 7:3; Matt. 13 and Rev. 6
Number 5: Is the number for Grace
Study: Lev. 1-5; Matt. 14:17; Matt. 25:2
Number 6: The number of man.
Study: Gen. 1:31; Josh. 6:3; 1 Sam. 17:4; Num. 35:6
Number 7: The number of God that exemplifies divine excellence.
Study: John [7 miracles are found]; Luke: 23:34, 43, 46; Mark 15:34; John 19:26-27, 28, 30 [together are the seven sayings on the cross]; Ps. 12:6; Gen. 2:2; Rev. 1:4, 12, 16;
Rev. 5:1; Rev. 8:2
Number 8: Signifies a new beginning.
Study: Gen. 7:13, 23; John 20:26
Number 9: Represents the measure of blessing.
Study: Rom. 12; Eph. 4; Gal. 5:22-23
Number 10: The number for human government.
Study: 1 Kings 11:31-35; Dan. 7:24; Rev. 17:12; Ruth 4:2
Number 12: The number that indicates Divine government.
Study: Matt. 10; Rev. 7; Rev. 21
Number 40: Is the number that is associated with difficulties and hardship.
Study: Num. 12:25, Exod. 24:18; 1 Sam. 17:16, Matt. 4:2; Acts 1:3
Number 50: The number of celebration and feasts.
Study: Lev. 23:15-16; Acts 2
Number 100: is the number that reprsents fullness; full reward
Study: Gen. 26:12; Mark 10:30
This is not an exhaustive list, but simply a guide to start studying God’s word as it relates to your own spiritual journey. I encourage you to meditate on these scriptures using the method of Lectio Divina. You can find the model for his in my e-book, “Sacred Reading: “Forty Day and Forty Nights”. Or you can use the biblical references for a bible study in a group. You will be pleasantly surprised to note that you have been walking in the footsteps of the faithful.
Author: R Cecilia Askew
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