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.
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
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.
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.
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