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By the Numbers
In Genesis—the very first book of the Bible—we see 7 used quite frequently:
• God rested on day 7.
• Noah took the clean beasts into the ark by 7s.
• 7 days after Noah went into the ark, the floods came.
Interestingly in the very last book of the Bible—Revelation—we see 7 used 54 times:
• 7 churches
• 7 angels
• 7 spirits
• 7 stars
• 7 seals
• 7 trumpets
• 7 thunders
• and 7 last plagues.
It’s fascinating that in the bookends of our Bibles (Genesis and Revelation), we see 7 used over and over again.
Jesus told us to forgive 70 x 7 (see Matthew 18:21-22).
Obviously, the number 7 is used a lot in the Bible . . . in fact, it’s used 735 times! And this begs the question WHY???
Only God knows for sure, but many Bible scholars believe that because 7 represents perfection, wholeness, and completion, God is confirming his divine perfection.
But the cycle of 7s doesn’t end in Scripture. The number 7 also comes to
life in our human body!
• 7 bones in the neck
• 7 bones in the face
• 7 bones in the ankles
• and there are 7 holes in our heads.
We’re told in Luke 8:2, that Mary Magadalene had 7 demons cast out of her. Only God could heal such a sin-ravaged life. And He was absolutely delighted to bring wholeness to her through His Son, Jesus. According to Proverbs 6:16-19, there are 7 things God hates:
• Pride (Philippians 2:3)
• Lying (Proverbs 12:22)
• Murder (1 John 3:11-12)
• Plotting evil (Micah 2:1)
• Eagerness to do wrong (1 John 2:16)
• False witness (Exodus 23:7)
• Arguing with each other (2 Timothy 2:14)
In 2 Kings 5, we see Naaman—the commander of Syrian’s army—and the equivalent of a five-star genera —distressed due to his fatal diagnosis of leprosy. However, in 2 Kings 5:10, the prophet Elisha instructs him to bathe 7 times in the filthy Jordan river.
Leprosy wasn’t the only thing God wanted to cleanse from Naaman. He had a huge issue of pride (Ooops! One of the 7 things God hates). We’re not told what kind of bubble bath he used, but when he poked his head from the Jordan on the 7 th time, he was cleaner than the Charmin bears waggling their bottoms toward a roll of soft tissue paper.
Only God can make something new and beautiful
from something so bad.
I like the way Natalie Grant sings it:
“There’s nothing too dirty that You can’t make worthy, You wash me in mercy, I am clean.”
Ahhhh 7. Absolute perfection.
Thank You, Father.