A gift…while looking in the rear view mirror. A beautiful butterfly obstructs my view. It is a perfectly placed reminder to look at the gift of today and not dwell on the past. Sure, it’s ok to look back. But, only to reflect on where God has led me…delivered me from…and to appreciate…GROWTH. I am glad that objects in the mirror appear smaller. I’d much rather focus on the present anyway.
Let’s talk numbers. I turn 40 in a few days. Hubby and I have been married for 10 years next month. My seven year old son just proclaimed his salvation in Christ to the church. And our beautiful little four year old daughter is blooming and growing by leaps and bounds daily. I feel like God has worked all things for His glory and my good…life feels “right” at this moment in time. I am not well versed on numerology, but I felt compelled to look up the significance of all of these numbers.
(Please note that the excerpts/information to follow were copied directly from www.biblestudy.org)
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 40
Forty has long been universally recognized as an important number, both on account of the frequency of its occurrence, and the uniformity of its association with a period of probation, trial, and chastisement – (not judgement, like the number 9, which stands in connection with the punishment of enemies, but the chastisement of sons, and of a covenant people).
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 10
It has been already pointed out that ten is a perfect number, and signifies the perfection of Divine order, commencing, as it does, an altogether new series of numbers. The first decade is the representative of the whole numeral system, and originates the system of calculation called “decimals,” because the whole system of numeration consists of so many tens, of which the first is a type of the whole.
Completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, is, therefore, the ever-present signification of the number ten. It implies that nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete.
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 7
We come now to the great number of spiritual perfection. A number which, therefore, occupies so large a place in the works, and especially in the Word of God as being inspired by the Holy Spirit.
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 4
Now 4 is made up of three and one (3+1=4), and it denotes His creative works. He is known by the things that are seen. Hence the written revelation commences with the words, “In the beginning God CREATED.” Creation is therefore the next thing – the fourth thing, and the number four always has reference to all that is created. It is emphatically the number of Creation; of man in his relation to the world as created; while six is the number of man in his opposition to and independence of God. It is the number of things that have a beginning, of things that are made, of material things, and matter itself. It is the number of material completeness. Hence it is the world number, and especially the “city” number.
The fourth day saw the material creation finished (for on the fifth and sixth days it was only the furnishing and peopling of the earth with living creatures). The sun, moon, and stars completed the work, and they were to give light upon the earth which had been created, and to rule over the day and over the night (Genesis 1:14-19).