In a previous post, we went through God’s favorite instrument, the trumpet, so today, I thought it would be fun to talk about another of God’s favorites… His favorite number. It may surprise you to know that God does, in fact, have a favorite number, just like many kids do who play sports. They get exited when they get their favorite number for their jersey, and as they get older, they tend to each request a certain number if they can get it. Some even have their favorite sport number made into jewelry or shaved into their hair.
So, what is God’s favorite number, you ask? It’s the number seven (7). (And, I’m happy because I was born on the 7th in the ’70th Year)
(I’m going to use ‘7’ instead of ‘seven’ because it’s quicker to type, but not grammatically correct).
Other numbers are referenced more than the number 7, like the number 1 is referenced 2,259 times, so you’d think that God would favor the number 1 above all, but He seems to have a soft spot for the number 7, so let’s look at this number a bit more to see why He might choose this number as His favorite… and put it on His jersey if He had one. Lol.
The number 7 is used 735 times (54 times in the book of Revelation) as is the foundation of God’s word. If we include counting ‘sevenfold’ (6) and ‘seventh’ (119) in our calculation, our total jumps to 860 references.
The number 7 in the Bible means fullness, completeness, perfection, and finished in both a physical sense and spiritual sense.
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:2 (We see that in this beginning verse in Genesis, that He lists 7 three times in this one verse, symbolizing complete perfection of the trinity ‘777’ – We’ll talk about this more later)
Let’s look at some situations where God uses 7.
- God designated one week as 7 days.
- The word ‘created’ is used 7 times describing God’s work in Genesis 1 & 2.
- God consecrates and sets apart the 7th day as the holy, most perfect, complete day.
- According to Jewish tradition, the creation of Adam occurred on Oct 7, 3761 BC, or on the 1st day of the 7th month on the Hebrew calendar, Tishri.
- There are 7 designated feasts for Israel: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Feast of Weeks/Pentecost (7 x 7 days after Passover), Feast of Trumpets (7th month), Atonement (7th month), Tabernacles( 7th month).
- The Bible, as a whole is divided up into 7 major divisions: 1) the Law; 2) the Prophets; 3) the Writings, or Psalms; 4) the Gospels and Acts; 5) the General Epistles; 6) the Epistles of Paul; and 7) the book of Revelation.
- In the 7th year the Hebrew slave was to be freed (Ex 21:2), having completed his time of captivity and service.
- Every 7th year was a sabbatical year (Lv 25:4).
- 7 times 7 reiterates the sense of completeness. In the Year of Jubilee (at the completion of 7 x 7 years = the 50th year), all land is freed and returns to the original owners (Lv 25:10).
- 70, which is literally “7’s” in Hebrew, strengthens the concept of perfection. There are 70 elders (Ex 24:1) in Israel. Israel was exiled to Babylon for 70 years (Jer 25:12) to complete its punishment.
- “70 times 7” (Mt 18:22) reiterates the concept of perfection still further. The Lord was not giving Peter a mathematical number of times that he should forgive another person, but rather was insisting on limitless forgiveness for a brother’s sin.
- King David lived to the age of 70 and stated in Psalm 90 that a generation was between 70-80 years.
- The Lord ordained 7 days for the sanctification of the altar (Exo 29:37), 7 days for the sanctification of the Priests (Lev 8:33), and a series of weeks for the cleansing of leprosy (13:1).
- The sanctifying blood of the sacrifice was sprinkled 7 times (8:11, 14:7), and following the pattern of the weekly Sabbath on a higher scale, He ordained every 7th year as a sabbatical year when the land was to lay fallow (25:2).
- A woman was unclean during her period, but was made clean in 7 days.
- The Year of Jubilee and the numerical pattern of “seven times seven” (Lev 25:8f):
- 7 pairs of each clean animal on the ark (Genesis 7:2)
- 7 stems on the tabernacle’s lampstand (Exodus 25:37)
- 7 qualities of the Messiah in Isaiah 11:2;
- 7 signs in John’s Gospel
- 7 things the Lord hates in Proverbs 6:16
- 7 parables in Matthew 13
- 7 woes in Matthew 23.
- Multiples of 7 also figure into the biblical narrative: the “seventy weeks” prophecy in Daniel 9:24 concerns 490 years (7 times 7 times 10).
- Jeremiah 29:10 predicted the Babylonian Captivity would last for seventy years (7 times 10).
- Jesus is the seven-fold “I AM” in the Gospel of John.
- Jesus performed 7 miracles on God’s Sabbath Day (Jesus healed the withered hand of a man attending synagogue services (Matthew 12:9),At a Capernaum synagogue he casts out an unclean spirit that possessed a man (Mark 1:21),Right after the above miracle Jesus heals Peter’s wife’s mother of a fever (Mark 1:29),A woman attending synagogue, who was made sick by a demon for eighteen years, is released from her bondage (Luke 13:11),At a Pharisee’s house eating a meal with the host and several lawyers, Jesus heals a man with dropsy (Luke 14:2),A man who is disabled and unable to walk is healed at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:8 – 9),Jesus heals a man born blind at the pool of Siloam (John 9:14)
- In Hebrews, Paul uses 7 titles for Christ: ‘Heir of all things’ (Hebrews 1:2), ‘Captain of our salvation’ (2:10), ‘Apostle’ (3:1), ‘Author of salvation’ (5:9), ‘Forerunner’ (6:20), ‘High Priest’ (10:21) and the ‘Author and finisher of our faith’ (12:2).
- In Revelation, there are 7 churches, 7 angels to 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpet plagues, 7 bowls, 7 thunders, & 7 final plagues.
- 7 letters to 7 churches in Revelation (represents the completeness of Christ’s church)
- 7 spirits before God’s throne (Revelation 1:4)
- 7 Golden Lampstands (Rev 1:12)
- 7 stars in Christ’s right hand (Rev 1:16)
- 7 seals of God’s judgement (Rev 5:1) (fullness of God’s punishment for a sinful earth)
- 7 angels with 7 trumpets (Rev 8:2)
- God has 7 spirits showing His perfection in Revelation 3:1
- The 1st resurrection of the dead takes place at the 7th trumpet, completing salvation for the Church.
On the above chart, it is interesting to note that all Jubilee years after Christ end with a 7 (to which the last digit also equates to the Hebrew years). On a side note, it is also interesting that in the Bible, God has designated 120 jubilee cycles for the nation of Israel, and the current year is the very last jubilee. There are no more listed in the Bible for the future, so they are unclear of what to do now after the completion of this year (September 21-22 2017).
And, going back to the verse in Genesis, it is interesting to note that, along with it being the 120th jubilee, it is currently the Hebrew year 5777 (or our year 2017). The number 5 means grace.
“And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.” Genesis 2:2
So, the year 5777 is the year of grace completed, or grace perfected, or grace finished.
When the calendar turns to 5778 in September 2017, it is assumed that this new year is one of new beginnings as “8” means a new beginning. This is outside of their Torah’s realm (the Torah is law revealed by Moses (first 5 books of the Bibles) as well as outside of the prophetic books. It is assumed that Israel’s Messiah will be revealed to them for a new beginning.
Father God, Thank you for showing us so many pictures of how you have shown 7 to mean your completeness and fullness. It is fun to learn more about you in all ways, including your favorite things. Help us to always reflect on you more than we reflect on the things of this world. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.