Consecrated numbers

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Numbers appear frequently in the Bible in a variety of contexts. 
Occasionally they have a theological significance. Here are three 
numbers 8-3-5 and their scriptural themes.

NUMBER 8 

Is the ‘new beginning number’

a Eight people were saved from the flood, Genesis 7:13,23

b Circumcision was to be performed on the eighth day, Genesis 17:12

c Thomas saw Jesus eight days after the Resurrection, John 20:26

NUMBER 3

Is the number of unity, of accomplishment, and of the universe

a The unity of the human race traced to Noah’s three sons, Genesis 6:10

b Three days involved in the crossing of the Jordan, Joshua 1:11

c Israel’s three yearly feasts, Exodus 23:14, 17

d Gideon’s mighty victory accomplished through three bands of solders, Judges 7:22

e Three days of preparation for revival in Ezra’s time, Ezra 10:9

f Three days involved in the decision to build the walls of Jerusalem in Nehemiah’s time, Nehemiah 2:11

g Esther’s heart prepared for three days before meeting with the king Esther,4:16

h Jonah in the fish’s belly for three days, Jonah 1:17

i Jesus in the heart of the earth for three days, John 2:19

j Jesus earthly ministry for three years, Luke 13:7

k The Tabernacle and the temple outer court, inner court, Holy of Holies.

l The offices of Christ-prophet, priest and king.

m Salvation-justification, sanctification, glorification

n The Trinity.

God is triune: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (1 Jn 5:7) (Mt 28:19)

The Bible never uses the term Trinity, but the Triune God is everywhere implied in Scripture. There’s only one God (Deut 6:4)(Jas 2:19)(1 Cor 8:4), the Father is God (1 Th 1:1) (1 Pet 1:2), the Son is God (Heb 1:8) see also John 20:28, and the Holy Spirit (Acts 5:3-4) is God.

God manifests in 3 distinct persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This triune God is of an underived  existence. No beginning. No end. Co-equal, co-eternal, co-infinite. He’s not 3 separate gods (tritheism), nor is He manifest in 3 different ways (modalism). He’s three substances in One essence.

NUMBER 5

Is the number of grace

a Five Levitical offerings Leviticus 1-5

b Five Israelites to chase 100enemies Leviticus 26:8

c Five wise virgins Mathew 25:2

d Five loaves used by Jesus to feed 5,000 Mathew 14:17

 

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