Bob Seger sings about being more than a number boasts about being a man. We saw earlier that man was assigned a number, that being 6. Sorry Bob. The study of numbers in scripture may just unlock some of life’s odd questions.
Looking at the number 9 we see this number is related to the number six, being the sum of its factors (3×3=9, and 3+3=6). It is significant of the end of man and the sum of all man’s works. Nine is therefore the number of finality or judgment.
It was in the ninth year of the prophet Hosea that the king of Assyria destroyed the capital city of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and carried the people away into exile [2 Kings 17:6].
It was in the ninth year of King Zedekiah’s reign that Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon conquered the Southern Kingdom of Judah, destroying the city of Jerusalem and the Temple [2 Kings 25:1].
It was the ninth hour, Jewish time (3PM) when Jesus gave up His life on the cross for the sins of the world [Matthew 27:46].
TEN: Perfection of divine order; Noah was the tenth generation from Adam [Genesis 5:1-32].
Ten Commandments [Exodus 20:1-17; Deuteronomy 5:6-21].
God said the Northern Kingdom was to be formed from ten tribes [1 Kings 11:31]. Ten clauses in the Lord’s Prayer [Matthew 6:9-13]. Ten plagues on Egypt [Exodus 7:14-12:30]. Ten virgins in Jesus’ kingdom parable [Matthew 25:1-13].
ELEVEN: disorder: 10 + 1 or 12 – 1; also disorganization, lack of fulfillment, imperfection. At Kadesh-Barnea the Children of Israel traveled eleven days from Mt. Sinai. In one more day they could have been in the Holy Land but their faith failed them [Deuteronomy 1:2].
TWELVE: denotes leadership or organization. Twelve tribes of Israel [Genesis 49:28] Jesus is twelve years old when He questions the scholars in the Temple [Luke 2:41]. Twelve gates of the New Jerusalem [Revelation 21:12]. The Trees of Life in the new creation will bear twelve kinds of fruits [Revelation 22:2].
Every seasoned parent I have spoken to warns of the experiences of raising a teenager. They say there is just something about turning thirteen that opens door to talking back and rebellion. If they had taken the time to study the significance of numbers in scripture they would not be nearly as shocked by it occurance.
THIRTEEN: Often seen as an ill omen representing hostility, rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption. Ishmael, the illegitimate son of Abraham, was thirteen years old when he was circumcised. [Genesis 17:23] Leaven is a sign for sin. The gematria for leaven, zumee in Hebrew, is thirteen.
FOURTEEN: 7 x 2 = double measure of spiritual perfection. Seven is the number of covenant and divine perfection and two is the number of the Incarnation. The genealogy of Jesus in St. Matthew’s Gospel is divided into three sets of fourteen generations [Matthew 1:1-17].
This may very well be the reason YHWH chose the 14th day of the month for Passover….. he want this to be a double portion for His people! What an awesome God!