In this verse the word translated as creature is the Greek word ktivsi" ktis’-is, which means the creation, the thing created, or the act of founding or establishing. Eleven - If ten is ordinal perfection, then eleven is perfect organization plus one more, one extra. Twelve is the product of three times four and the significance of both of these numbers can usually be seen in twelve. Christianity Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for committed Christians, experts in Christianity and those interested in learning more.
Thus,the conclusion we can get is that the list in Rev 7 is the final list for the 12 tribes of Israel. Therefore the difference between the first and second column is that Joseph was split into Ephraim and Manasseh, while Levi was dedicated to the Lord. If we assume Dan is removed due to its idolatry, then Manasseh is added to fill Dan's place to keep the number twelve.
Not the answer you're looking for?Browse other questions tagged israel or ask your own question. How can I avoid the embarrassment associated with needing a sabbatical for alcoholism and mental health treatment? If we had a "perfectly efficient" computer and all the energy in the Milky-way available, what number could it count to? There are two different approaches that are taken when it comes to arguing for the Bible to be the Word of God.
A second approach believes that the claims of Scripture have sufficient evidence to back them up. The problem with humanity is that sinful, finite human beings still must evaluate any evidence offered for the truthfulness of the Christian faith.
You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, to be known and read by all (2 Corinthians 3:2). As a person reads the Bible they find the Holy Spirit giving confirmation that what they are reading is God's Word. Those who criticize this approach say that it is circular reasoning -- it is assuming what it should be proving. A second approach to the truth of the Bible's claims is to examine the evidence about the truthfulness of Christianity. Because the claims of Scripture do not constitute any type of convincing proof we should argue the same way in which Jesus disciples argued.
In this one passage we find Peter appealing to the three different lines of evidence - the miracles of Jesus Christ, the fact that He came back from the dead, and that his resurrection was a fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
A person can know the Bible is God's Word by first examining the claims of Scripture, considering the evidence for those claims, and then personally accepting the challenge of Scripture to 'taste and see' if these things be true. While the Bible claims to be the authoritative Word of God there have been two basic approaches as to how anyone can know these claims are true. On the other hand, there are those who point to evidences that God has provided to argue for the truth of Scripture.
In dealing with the subject of Bible difficulties, and so-called contradictions in Scripture, we must first address the general question of the nature of the Bible.
As we examine the pages of Scripture we find that it claims to be the inspired, inerrant Word of God - it is correct in everything that it records. This being the case, Christians believe there will ultimately be no contradictions between what Scripture says and between the known facts of history, science, and theology.
The idea that the Bible is the inerrant Word of God is the claim of Scripture itself - it is not something the church has invented. That you may fear the Lord your God to keep all His statutes and His commandments which I command you (Deuteronomy 6:2).
We have but twenty-two [books] containing the history of all time, books that are justly believed in; and of these, five are the books of Moses, which comprise the law and earliest traditions from the creation of humanity down to his death. The twenty-two books that Josephus mentions are the same as our thirty-nine Old Testament books - they are just divided differently.
It is clear from the evidence that the Old Testament was considered to be sacred by the Jews - the inspired Word of God.
I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished (Matthew 5:18). Therefore, we have the witness of the first-century Jews, the Old Testament itself, the New Testament, and Jesus Himself that the Old Testament was the inspired Word of God. He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him - the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. The main reason we believe that the New Testament has been inspired of God is the promise of Jesus. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you (John 14:26).
But when the Helper comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, He will testify of Me. This would guarantee the truth of their preaching and teaching as well as anything they would eventually write about Jesus. Apart from the four gospels, the New Testament makes other specific statements about its own inspiration. If anyone thinks himself to be a prophet or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things which I write to you are the commandments of the Lord (1 Corinthians 14:37). In the first letter that Paul wrote, he stated that his commandments were to be received as the Word of God. And for this reason we also constantly thank God that when you received from us the word of God's message, you accepted it not as the word of men, but for what it really is, the word of God, which also performs its work in you who believe (1 Thessalonians 2:13). All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). Although the concept of a completed New Testament may not be found, we do have the concept of the writings being considered as Scripture. Our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, as also in all his letters . Consequently the idea of a written New Testament can be found within the pages of Scripture.
The words of Scripture, in both Testaments, are the inspired Word of God - the final authority on all matters of faith and practice. Finally, we should remember that the ultimate purpose of Scripture is to make its readers wise unto salvation. The Scriptures were written to create belief in the Person of Jesus Christ - the one way to reach the one true God. Historically, the word was first used by the church of those doctrines that were accepted as the rule of faith and practice. Over time, the terms 'canon' and 'canonical' came to be applied to either a divinely inspired writing or the entire catalogue or list of sacred books that were recognized as belonging to God's authoritative Word.
Therefore, the term canon, or canonical, can be used of a single biblical book, a group of biblical books, the Old Testament, the New Testament, or the entire Bible. The people of God have recognized the various books of the Bible as authoritative Scripture.
Consequently the Bible is not an authoritative collection of sacred books; it is a collection of books that were authoritative when they were written. Although we will examine the historical process as to how certain books came to be accepted as Holy Scripture and how others were rejected, ultimately we believe that it is God who decided this question. The fact that God has revealed Himself to humanity by means of sacred writings leads us to consider the question of the extent of these sacred books or the 'canon.' The term 'canon,' or 'canonical,' can refer to a single book, a group of books, the Old Testament, the New Testament, or the entire volume of Scripture.
While some people in the past have viewed the canon as more than divinely authoritative books, it is best to equate the canon with Holy Scripture. The Greek word translated as vanity is mataiovth" mat-ah-yot’-ace, which means what is devoid of truth and appropriateness, perverseness, depravity, frailty, want of vigour.
The only possible answer to the corruption and death that is an inevitable part of the creation is Gods power of redemption. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 2And 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.
Thus seven represents this perfect completeness and also it represents rest, as in the rest that is taken from work.
Where patterns of other numbers run through a scripture it is often symbolic of something to do with that number, however patterns of seven about all through scripture to the extent that it could be seen as being a part of God's seal that the writing is indeed scripture. Three is divine perfection and usually denotes things from or of God, thus wee see that perfect government can only exist when God is involved, in particular we shall only have perfect government when God rules all.
Those who hold this view believe there is overwhelming evidence to convince anyone that the Bible is what it claims to be -- the Word of God. Since the Bible is the Word of God, the author, God, should be allowed to testify what sort of Book the Bible is.
Therefore we not only have the claim of Scripture we also have the witness of the Holy Spirit that these things are true. But the New Testament does argue about the truth of its claims through three lines of evidence. Since this is the way that the New Testament writers argued the claims of Christ, we should do the same.
First century writer Flavius Josephus listed the specific books that the Jews, at that time, considered to be inspired by God. From the death of Moses to the reign of Artaxerxes, King of Persia, the successor of Xerxes, the prophets who succeeded Moses wrote the history of the events that occurred in their own time, in thirteen books.
For it is no new thing for our captives, many of them in numbers, and frequently in time, to be seen to endure racks and deaths of all kinds upon the theatres, that they may not be obliged to say one word against our laws, and the records that contain them (Josephus, Ibid., p.
He made it clear that He believed the Old Testament was God's revelation of Himself to humanity.
By definition, God knows everything and Jesus, being God, would know whether or not the Old Testament was His revelation to humanity. And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning (John 15:26,27). Those men to whom Jesus made these promises either wrote the books of the New Testament or had control over what writings were considered authoritative. His word settles the issue (for thorough documentation of Jesus' authority, see our course The Case For Christianity). Christianity believes and teaches that the Bible, in both the Old and New Testament, has been inspired by God. Thus the word canon is used to describe those books recognized as divinely inspired of God. It must be stressed that the books that are found in the biblical canon were authoritative before they were placed in any collection of sacred books or before any council recognized them as authoritative. No human being or council can pronounce a work canonical or scriptural, yet humans were responsible for collecting and preserving such works. Some people in the past have viewed the canon as containing all those books that the church found edifying -- not necessarily books that are Holy Scripture. If God has revealed Himself to humanity in written form, then it is of supreme importance to know exactly which writings come from Him; for His words are the words of life. By them you will live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to possess (Deuteronomy 32:47). The important thing to note is that God divinely inspired various books while humanity recognized what God has done. And just as water shouldna€™t infiltrate the hull of a ship, so the world shouldna€™t infiltrate His church. As an example, I have a a€?pocket PCa€? with multiple versions of the Bible, along with Bible dictionaries and inspired commentarya€”I can even listen to the Bible and watch Bible videos with it. Despite the prolif-eration of Bible resources, people today are more biblically illiterate than ever.

The eartha€™s environment radically changed, and subsequently, lifestyles began degenerating.
Even if you stood outside on the equator in the middle of a desert underneath a clear blue sky at noon, it would be utterly dark compared to heaven.
I like caving, so once while in Virginia, I went to explore a place that advertised itself as the a€?Endless Caverns.a€? Of course, the cave isna€™t endless, but it does go hundreds of feet below ground.
How ironic that in the exact spot where Voltaire made that bold prediction sits a Bible warehousea€”churning out Bibles! You might see black and maybe red ink on white paper, or even just pixels on a computer screen, but it is much more than that. Ita€™s real, and ita€™s unlikely that anyone could ever open ita€”with sincere desirea€”and never get something out of it.
Though written over a period of 1,600 years by about 40 different authorsa€”on three different continents, speaking four different languagesa€”ita€™s completely harmonious. Sin entered the world because man doubted Goda€™s words; we shouldna€™t make the same mistake today by doubting the accuracy of the Bible, especially with so much proof on its side.
I wonder why they deprive themselves of the strength and the pleasure.a€? Thata€™s what happens when you read about God supernaturally intervening in the affairs of men to accomplish His redemptive purposes. These peoplea€™s lives were a total mess, but when they started reading the Bible, they turned around. Maybe you are studying your Bible, but youa€™re just picking up a few crumbs that fall from the childrena€™s table. Just take an hour, once a week, to get together with others of like faith and read the Word of God together. But God has given us a never-failing gyrocompass in His Word, and if we read ita€”with a desire to follow it and know the God who inspired ita€”we will have a sure guide, one that will never let us go astray, and one more powerful and effec-tive that all the nuclear submarines in the world. The voice then said, a€?Tomorrow you will be both glad and sad.a€? So the confused man took a handful of pebbles and stuffed them in his pocket. It was the Bible that turned me into a Christian, which is a miracle considering that I was from a Jewish family full of cynicism about Christianity. This will never happen unless you make the decision to reserve regular time with the Lord in study and prayer.
Comparatively uneducated, not a great reader, and faced with a King James Bible, I was nevertheless able to understand what I read.
Do not despair of help to understand something of the will and the mind of God as if they are fast locked up from you. It is important to ask, a€?Lord, help me apply the things I have read in your Word to my life.a€? Approaching God with a cynical curiosity will most likely lead to confusion and frustration.
Jesus said, a€?I have yet many things to say unto you, but ye cannot bear them nowa€? (John 16:12). Sometimes we over-spiritualize basic things in the Bible, never letting the words just plainly speak for themselves. Some people a€?studya€? by jumping from one verse to another, leading them to some flawed doctrinal conclusions. I remember, for example, reading Jesus teaching about honoring your father and mother, but then He mentions a€?Corbin.a€? I thought, a€?Who or what is Corbin?a€? Well, I had to do a little background study to find out that in their culture, children could dedicate their wealth to the temple instead of using it to support their parents in their old age. There are little nuances of meaning that cana€™t always be exactly translated from one language to another.
They can help you immensely in getting the gist of each passage and help you grasp the meaning in ways that will astound and amaze you. For instance, I often get asked about a passage in 1 Corinthians 11 regarding women not cutting their hair and praying with their heads covered.
Likewise, running to and fro through the Bible, comparing Scripture with Scripture, will work to help you learn for yourself what the truth really is. Proponents of these odd teachings keep going back, again and again, to these few verses until theya€™ve managed to build an enormous following even though they neglect the weight of evidence from hundreds of other verses that, if carefully studied, would contradict the very teaching that they are so passionately promoting. Of course, God can speak to you alone through His Word, but almost without exception people who dona€™t fellowship with other believers and dona€™t bounce their interpretations off stable Christians can come up with some very bizarre ideas. Ita€™s so important now to be personally grounded in the Word because false teachings are only going to multiply as the clock of eartha€™s history winds rapidly down.
Peter tells us that a€?[as] newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow therebya€? (1 Peter 2:2). Remember, we can live holy lives when we have His Word written in our hearts (Psalms 119:11). He wants them to be able to stand before anyone, anywhere, and, as Peter said, a€?be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and feara€? (1 Peter 3:15).
There is no aspect of creation and especially of mankind that deserves or could earn redemption. 3And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. Thus seven might also be known as the number of God's seal.For example let us take a look at the occurence of the word seven itself, and its derivitives. The measurements of New Jerusalem are 12,000 furlongs or stadia, while the wall will be 144 (12 x 12) cubits (Rev. Four is the number of the world and the creation, thus we see the perfect governments connection to that which is governed. The Bible is true because it says it is true and the Holy Spirit bears witness to this truth. Evidence gathered from other sources may be useful but it has nothing convincing to say about the truth of Christianity.
When the truths of the Bible are personally applied, the credibility of the Bible is demonstrated. Arguing that the claims of the Bible are more persuasive than the claims of all other religious writings does not always work in real life.
They consist of miracles, fulfilled prophecy, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. The remaining four documents comprise hymns to God and practical precepts to men (William Whiston, trans., Flavius Josephus against Apion, Vol.
Since God had already demonstrated His desire to commit His Word to writing by giving His people the Old Testament, it would follow that He would do the same in a New Testament. Since He has demonstrated Himself to be the Son of God, He would be in a position to know the extent of the Bible's inspiration. The consequences of ignoring its message can cause someone to spend eternity apart from the living God.
The rule of faith had now been forever memorialized in a limited number of sacred books -- the canon of Scripture. The fact that an 'official' list of authoritative writings was made by the church does not make the various books more sacred or divinely inspired than when they were originally written. If one calls the canon an authoritative collection of books then someone, or some group, must give them that authority.
The New Testament books did not become authoritative for the church because they were formally included in some list?the church included them in the canon because they already regarded them as divinely inspired by God. The problem with this approach is that it confuses people as to which books speak with divine authority and which books are merely helpful. Therefore it is of the utmost importance that we know the exact extent of the canon because the words of God are the words of life. The trip, dubbed a€?Operation Sunshine,a€? was made possible by a new technological marvel, the USS Nautilus, the worlda€™s first nuclear-powered submarine. On our long, often-dark journey through these troubling waters, the Bible is as crucial to us as the gyrocompass was to the USS Nautilus. Moreover, the internet offers a broad spectrum of free Bible software and even free electronic Bibles. God spoke to Adam face to face in the garden of Eden, thus Adam received revelation straight from the Creator.
Ita€™s so dark here that we cana€™t navigate our way around without clear direction from God.
As my tour guide and I were making our way down into the abyss, she said, a€?If you want to know what absolute darkness is a€¦a€? and then she shut off the lights. It is a message that is made of spirit and life with an unex-plainable inherent potency and vitality. Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundancea€? (Isaiah 55:2). On one Pacific island, they eat a pounded root extract called saguaro, and to me it is just so bland. Written by kings and peasants, with a wide spectrum of education in between, it delivers one mes-sage and one voice.
For instance, Daniel prophesied the correct sequence and time of the Babylonian fall from power, along with the rise and fall of the Medo-Persian, Greek, and Roman empires. The next morninghe examined the pebbles and discovered that the stones were really precious gems. Ia€™d been taught evolution and believed that the Bible was full of fiction, fantasy, and fables. The answer is an emphatic a€?no!a€? And I say that because Ia€™m exhibit Aa€”living proof that you dona€™t need to be a great professor of religion to grasp the Word.
God was able to speak to me through His Word, even though I didna€™t get everything straight the first time. I have no doubt that if you apply these principles, you too will be able to understand much more, and your life will never be the same. Sometimes you might read a passage in a book and ask yourself, a€?What did the writer mean by that?a€? Unfortunately, you cana€™t call most authors to ask what they meant. If we arena€™t walking in the light He has already shone on our path, why should He give us more?
Of course, there are many spiritual symbols in Scripture, but when the Bible says, a€?He woke up in the morning,a€? some people might agonize over this phrase, trying to squeeze some spiritual abstract meaning out of a straightforward verse. Again, we need to approach the Word with a humble, willing hearta€”and open to what the Bible says even if what it says isna€™t exactly what we want to hear.
So when you read a verse, you should also read a few verses before it and a few verses after it. It was a rite that enabled them to dodge the fifth commandment, because their wealth was now technically Goda€™s property. Though you dona€™t need to know the original language to be able to understand the Bible, sometimes taking a little time to look up the original meanings of words can be very helpful to enhance comprehension.
You need to look at all the relevant verses dealing with a subject and compare them with each other. Sometimes, wea€™ll hear someone say something like, a€?This is what I think this verse means,a€? or even, a€?I feel in my heart it could mean thisa€? or some other warm fuzzy sentiment. They become a law unto themselves, forgetting that in the multitude of counsel there is safety (Proverbs 11:14). These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.a€? If you do that, diligently studying the Word of God with other Bible-based followers of Jesus, you will be safe. For many, the superficial, shallow, breezy approach to Bible doctrine will not prepare them to defend their faith against the devila€™s clever deceptions. Ita€™s clear that God can work with you wherever you are at, but growing saints must graduate from milk to meat.
Stop delaying and get studying; therea€™s a lot nourishing meat in Goda€™s Word just waiting to be assimilated. The lead ball had been stopped by his mothera€™s Bible, which Houston carried in his knapsack. There might be a day coming when your Bibles will be taken away and all youa€™re going to have is what youa€™ve stored in your heart. He said, a€?It is written,a€? and we will be able to say the same as long as we are willing to open up the Word now and dive right in. The materials of the tabernacle were four and so were the coverings and the ornamentations.

Seven of the 10 commandments begin with the word "not." There are 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 parables in Matthew, and 7 promises to the churches. But as well as this spiritual perfection, seven seems also to be used in another way in scripture.
Now bringing Levi back is effectively going back to the time before Jacob gave Joseph the double portion, so technically Dan should still be on the list and Ephraim and Manasseh should not, being that they are already represented in Joseph!
If we attempt to defend the Bible, then we are placing some other standard as the ultimate judge. The inspiration of the New Testament, therefore, was authenticated ahead of time by the Lord Jesus. Therefore the matter of the nature of the Bible is of the utmost importance for humans to consider. However if the canon is a collection of authoritative books, then it is not necessary to look to some outside authority to confer some status on these books.
While the recognition of the canon grew over time, the divine inspiration of the books that make up the canon was there from the beginning. Therefore the books we posses as Scripture were first divinely inspired by God, and then recognized as such by humanity. It is much better to have the canon equated with only the sacred books that God has revealed to humanity.
Under hundreds of feet of ice, the Nautilusa€™ nuclear reactor not only powered the vessel but enabled the crew to have the filtered air and water needed to reach their destination. So in this first section of this short book, I want to instill within you a craving for Scripture and revive your awe of Goda€™s Word. In turn, Adam shared this knowledge with Seth, and Seth passed it down to Lamech, who passed it on to Noah. By the time of Moses, after years of His people being held in bondage in a pagan-infested nation, God saw that is was necessary to codify His messages to humanity. Then, more than 500 years ago, Johann Gutenberg developed the printing press, enabling the mass production of Bibles. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. Sure, it might crystallize, but unlike some food preserved in vinegar, honey will never spoil. And Jesus Himself is that Word, and like Him, the Bible is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Towser said, a€?A loving Personality dominates the Bible walking among the trees of the Garden and breathing fragrance over every scene.
Moreover, in Revelation youa€™ll find reference to Genesis, and in Genesis youa€™ll find a reference to Jesus. Drug abusers become clean, marriages are restored, and alcohol and gambling addicts are freed. Christ said, a€?I am the bread that came down from heaven.a€? We need to learn to love that bread, morethan the unhealthy food this world has to offer. Whatever you do to increase your time in the Word is going to create a positive blessing for you spiritually.
Not only is it a great means of strengthening and fortifying your own soul, but it has tremendous evangelistic potential because youa€™ve got friends and neighbors whom you could bring. He was happy and sada€”happy he had obeyed and picked up some gems, but sad that he had not picked up more. Yet in a cave, all alone, I picked up the Bible and this dynamic, powerful book changed my life.
He might even smell it and figuratively wrap himself up in her words of love and encouragement. Our sinful natures make us want to do sinful things, and we might not be that eager to surrender to what the Word of God tells us. Why then build a belief system out of it, especially when no other verse even hints at that subject?
He already has his people out there, sharpening their arguments and twisting Scripture to their ends. So take it with your hands, read with your eyes, store it in your heart, walk it with your feet, tell it with your lips, and live it in your lifea€”starting today!
The number ten is the start of a whole new order of numbers and the culmination of the numbers that come before it. The city of God in Revelation chapter 21, symbolic of the church and also called the bride of Christ. Whether it is scientific or historical accuracy, human reasoning, or some other standard, what we are doing is placing Scripture under that standard. In addition, adherents can be found who will testify as to the power of the truths in these books to change their lives.
Moreover, unable to surface for direction, they traversed the dangerous waters using a new invention called the gyrocompass.
If youa€™ve never understood why we have the Bible, I want to paint a rich picture for you that will inspire you to open the Bible up and dive into its pages. Though sin had infected the world, Adam and his descendents possessed minds fashioned from the hands of Goda€”more powerful and sophisticated than any supercomputer. As a result, Moses became Goda€™s first scribe, and Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and probably the book of Job, were written during Mosesa€™ days in the wilderness. And Ephesians 6:17 affirms, a€?the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of Goda€?a€”our primary weapon against the enemy.
After a little while sitting there in total darkness, I took out my keychain that had a little LED light. Always a living Person is present speaking, pleading, loving, working and manifesting Himself.a€? When people read Goda€™s Word with their hearts sincerely seeking to hear what the Spirit is saying, it becomes a liv-ing testament from Christ. Likewise, it could be a sign of bad spiritual health if you have no appetite for the bread of life. You might be saying, a€?Doug, I have no appetite for the Bible.a€? Read it anyway, and as you read it, youa€™ll eventually start developing a taste for it and ultimately crave it. The Bible says, a€?Love Me and keep My commandments.a€? You cana€™t obey Jesus if you dona€™t love Him. The Bible is filled with priceless riches, but unless we open it and mine its pages, we will be without true wealth. And today, even after many years of studying, I am still blessed with new light when I read my Bible. He will search every word, every nuance, reading between the lines just to understand what his beloved was truly saying. Ia€™ve just got to find a verse to prove it.a€? And theya€™ll start reading the Bible not to hear what God says, but searching for proof texts to support their position. In English, when we hear a€?bottomless pit,a€? we conjure up pictures of a deep well that starts in Kansas and goes straight through the earth coming out in Mongolia. While these are often very helpful, they are not necessarily inspired.) For centuries people built beautiful houses with only hand tools.
Youa€™ve got to be careful about building a doctrinal monument around that one verse, as it might have just been a cultural tradition or custom. They probably wona€™t hand you a Bible, yet wea€™re going to need to know how to give an answer for what we believe. In this sense it represents God as the beginning and the end, the prime impulse, the source of creation. When the flood washed the earth clean, in a type of baptism, eight people were saved in the ark.
Twelve is one of the perfect numbers, three is divine perfection, seven is spiritual perfection, ten is ordinal perfection and twelve is governmental perfection. The Levites were only given certain cities and was the tribe of the priesthood that received tithes of the other twelve tribes who tithed from their land. What Scripture says should be our ultimate standard and everything should be judged by its claims.
Prior to the Flood, when lives were measured by hundreds of years, humans had a vast capacity to remember virtually everything said, heard, and seen. When I turned it on, it was as though someone had switched on one of those giant spotlights at the grand opening of a new store. Ita€™s like gazing into the electrical room of a skyscraper and seeing thousands of little wires crisscrossing everywhere connecting every function in the building. Wea€™re also told that spiritual things are a€?spiritually discerned.a€? That might seem like common sense, but most people try to read the Bible with their own feelings as the interpreter. The Bible is a love letter from God to us; should we treat it with less heartfelt interest? And if they cana€™t find a supporting verse they generally twist something to make it fita€”like the man who puts together a jigsaw puzzle with a hammer in one hand and scissors in the other.
One usually represents God, His sovereign rule, His omnipotence, His supremacy, His unique character. However the numbering systems in use in the time that the Bible was written were also based upon the number ten.
That little bit of light made such a tremendous difference when compared to the abject darkness within the bowels of the earth.
Soldiers were sent to arrest Jesus, and they came back saying, a€?Never [a] man spake like this mana€? (John 7:46). Likewise, many people have no appetite for Goda€™s Word because they gorge on entertainment junk food.
They want the Bible to tell them what they want to hear; they want it to say what they want it to say.
One excludes all differences for there is no second with which it can either harmonize or conflict.
A look at the number values assigned to the Hebrew and Greek letters in the table shown in the introduction Hebrew and Greek numerics will show that the letters were given values from one to ten, then increasing in tens to 100 then increasing by 100's and so on. Even though there are in actuality thirteen tribes, every time they are listed only twelve are listed. My promise is, a€?Youa€™ll find Me when you search for Me with all of your heart.a€™ a€? Hea€™s not very far awaya€”however far away your nearest Bible is. That wona€™t worka€”imposing ourselves on what we read rather than allowing Goda€™s Spirit to impose on us what we need to understand. If you do, I guarantee your hunger will grow and youa€™ll find a little Bible study library growing up in your home or on your computer. Thus one can also represent harmony, unity or peace but because of its reference to God it also means harmony, unity or peace with God. Three lines are necessary to form a planar figure and three dimensions are required to form a solid. Furthermore numbering by tens is built in to our very anatomy, count up on your fingers and when they are all used, make a mark on a piece of paper and start from your first finger again. Moreover, Christ is eternity; thus the only book that will make a restful pillow when youa€™re dying is the Bible. A triangle is the simplest planar figure and a cube is the simplest three-dimensional solid. In Ezekiel 3:3, God instructs the prophet, a€?Son of man, cause thy belly to eat, and fill thy bowels with this roll that I give thee.
Thus in ancient times as in modern times ten is the start of a whole new order of numbers and the culmination of the numbers that come before it.

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