I set out this morning to begin reading this weeks Torah portion Beha’alotcha: “When you set up” Numbers 8:1-12:15; Haftarah portion: Zechariah 2:14-4:7; Gospel portion: Luke 17:11-18:14. I break this down for our family during the week. Today we will study Numbers 8:1-4. We will pay particular attention to the lampstand and specificly the number of lamps in the lampstand, seven.
And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying, 2 “Speak to Aharon, and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, let the seven lamps give light in front of the lampstand.’ 3 And Aharon did so. He set up the lamps to face toward the front of the lampstand, יהוה commanded Mosheh. 4 And this is the work of the lampstand: beaten work of gold, from its base to its blossoms it is beaten work. According to the pattern which יהוה had shown Mosheh, so he made the lampstand.
Exo 25:37 “And you shall make seven lamps for it, and they shall mount its lamps so that they give light in front of it.
Exo 37:18 And six branches came out of its sides: three branches of the lampstand out of one side, and three branches of the lampstand out of the other side.
Lev 24:2 Command the children of Yisra’ĕl that they bring to you clear oil of pressed olives for the light, to make the lamps burn continually.
Psa 119:105 Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
Psa 119:130 The opening up of Your words gives light, Giving understanding to the simple.
Isa 8:20 To the Torah and to the Witness (YESHUA!) If they do not speak according to this Word, it is because they have no light.
Mat 5:14 You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to be hidden on a mountain.
Joh 1:9 He was the true Light, which enlightens every man, coming into the world.
2Pe 1:19 And we have the prophetic word made more certain, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts
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Seven: In Scripture the number of completeness/rest
Resource: Wildbranch Ministry – Brad Scott
Man was created on the 6th day and is represented in his nature by the number 6. There is only one (1) thing that stands between man (6) and completeness (7), and that is the (1) one God Himself. In the same way the complete (7) Word of God had to set aside His glory (1) in order to take upon the flesh of man (6). Either way, man always falls short.”
From the beginning, the number 7 has represented God’s completed acts. All of His celebrations are given in 7 feasts…
All of that which is clean was taken into the ark of Noach in sevens
Blood was sprinkled on the mercy seat 7 times to show the complete redemption of the coming Messiah
The ‘Book of Life’ is mentioned 7 times in scripture.”
Genesis 2:2 “And 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.”
The word ‘seven’ appears 287 times (41×7) in the Tenakh.
The word ‘seven’ appears 735 times (105×7) in all the scriptures.
The word ‘seventh’ appears 98 times (14×7) in the Tenakh.
The word ‘sevenfold’ appears 7 times in the Tenakh.
The word ‘seven’ in combinations with other numbers appears 112 times (16×7).
The word ‘seventy’ appears 56 times (8×7) in the Tenakh.
The word ‘seventy’ in combination with other numbers appears 35 times (5×7).
Yahshua’s genealogy in Mattityahu is 42 generations (6×7).
The first verse contains 7 words and 28 (4×7)letters.
God rests on the 7th day.
The land rests on the 7th year: Leviticus 25:1-7.
Yahshua rises at the completion of the 7th day.
The 7th month on the civil calendar, Nisan (Abib), contains the first 3 feasts.
The 7th month, Tishri, contains the last 3 feasts to be fulfilled.
The clean beasts on the ark are paired in sevens.
God FINISHED with Noach 7 days before the flood: Genesis7.
Aharon and sons were consecrated for 7 days.
The blood is sprinkled on the altar 7 times.
7 words from our Messiah spoken from the tree – 7th one was ‘It is finished’.
70 weeks of Dani’el.
70 years of captivity in Babylon.
7 feasts of YHVH.
Israel is to shout on the 7th day with 7 priests, 7 trumpets, and to march 7 times around Jericho.
Ruth, the 7th book, is devoted to ‘finished redemption’.
7 branches of the menorah.
Solomon was 7 years in building the temple.
Job’s 7 sons: Job 1:2.
Job’s friends stayed 7 days and nights in silence: Job 2:13.
Job’s 7 thousand sheep: Job 1:3.
The multiple uses of seven associated with leprosy: Leviticus 13.
Naaman washed 7 times in the Jordan: 2 Kings 5:14.
7 men of honest report: Acts 6:1-7.
7 years of plenty and 7 years of famine: Genesis 41.
We are to forgive 70×7 .
The furnace in Dani’el 3:19 was heated 7 times hotter.
Words of YHVH purified 7 times: Psalm 12:6.
There are 7 pieces of armor: Ephesians 6.
7 things poured out by the Spirit: Joel 2:28-29.
God’s sevenfold covenant with Israel: Exodus 6:6-8.
7 writers of the Tehillim.
Angels appear 7 times while Messiah is on the earth.
7 utterances to woman of Samaria: John 4.
7 miracles in John’s gospel.
7 ‘I am’ claims in John.
The multiple sevens in the Ten Commandments – ‘day’, ‘in’, ‘to’, ‘serve’, servant’ or ‘maid servant’, YHVH and ’Elohiym together, 7 different pronouns used 49 times, and 7 things to covet in the last commandment.
7 parables in Matthew 13.
21 epistles in New Testament.
Paul wrote letters to 7 churches, Romans, 1&2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1&2 Thessalonians.
Paul wrote 14 epistles.
7 ministering gifts: Romans 12:3-8.
7 unities: Ephesians 4:4-6.
7 aspects of wisdom: Ya‘aqov 3:7.
7 titles of the Messiah in book to Hebrews.
Sevenfold grace of 2 Peter 1:5-8.
Blessed appears 7 times in Revelation.
7 mysteries in scripture.
7th man from Adam was Enoch: Genesis 5:24.
Yom Kippur is in the 7th month.
7 steps in Ezekiel’s temple.
The tree of life is mentioned 7 times in the Tenakh.
Daughters of Jerusalem mentioned 7 times in scripture.
God gives Israel 7 things: Hosea 2:8-9.
Israel’s 7 endowments: Romans 9:4.
Abraham’s sevenfold blessing: Genesis 12:2-3.
The ‘last’ day mentioned 7 times in John.
In the last book, Revelation, there are 7 churches, 7 lampstands, 7 spirits, 7 stars, 7 angels, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, 7 bowls, 7 promises to overcomers, 7 horns, 7 eyes, 7 thunders, 7 thousand killed, 7 heads, 7 mountains, 7 crowns, 7 plagues, 7 kings, 7 beatitudes, 7th angel declares the mystery of God FINISHED, 7th angel declares ‘it is done’.
Lamb is called 7 things.
7 sons of Jesse.
7 sons of Saul.
Messiah is the 77th name from God in Luke’s genealogy.
At dinner tonight we will have some fun with the number 7. I may set up the table in such a way that there are “sevens” everywhere!