Number Seven – March 3, 2016
Genesis 2:2, By the seventh day God had finished the work He had been doing; so on the seventh day He rested from all His work.
Psalm 12:6, And the words of the LORD are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.
Matthew 18:22, Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”
People often ask me about numbers in the Bible. Numbers in the Bible do mean or represent certain things. It should also be noted that over the years, many people have tried to make too much out of every number in the Bible. Sometimes in the Bible, numbers are just numbers or historical facts. However, there are a few numbers in the Bible that have significant meaning.
This week, we have already looked at the numbers one, three and four (you can find the previous articles on my blog, www.johnmarkcaton.com). Today, I want to look at the number seven in Scripture. The number seven is the number of divine perfection or total completeness.
Remember, it was on the seventh day that God completed creation and rested. We are told in the Bible that the Word of God is pure like silver that has been purified seven times. When speaking of forgiveness in the New Testament, Peter ask Jesus if he should forgive a brother seven times, and Jesus responded by saying no you should forgive seventy times seven. So, the number seven refers to perfection or completion. The completion of God’s creation, the perfection of God’s Word, and the perfection of totality of true forgiveness.
If or when you see, hear or say the number seven today, think about God and His completion and His perfection, but don’t forget to focus on His true forgiveness. Ps. 103- As far as the east from….
Think about it…and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D