The Wednesday Word: The Wonderful Number 7
There is something magnificent about the number seven in Scripture.
It is the number of completeness, perfection and rest.
Consider these sevens:
There were 7 days of creation.
There are 7 days of the week.
It was the 7th animal that was sacrificed at Noah’s sacrifice.
Joshua marched around Jericho 7 times.
7 priests with 7 trumpets also marched around Jericho.
On the 7th day, they trooped around the walls 7 times.
Naaman washed 7 times in the Jordan.
Elijah prayed 7 times.
Every 7th day was a Sabbath.
Every 7th year was a Sabbath year.
Every 7 times 7 years was a year of Jubilee.
Three of the feasts of Israel lasted 7 days.
Between the first and second feasts, there were 7 days.
There were 7 days of the feast of Passover.
Jesus is the seven-fold “I AM.”
There are 7 petitions in the Lord’s Prayer.
7 loaves were multiplied into 7 basketfuls.
Jesus performed 7 miracles on the Sabbath.
The term “First and the Last” is used 7 times.
There are 7 seals in the Book of Revelation.
There were 7 churches,
7 spirits before the throne of God.
Before His crucifixion, Christ passed through 7 trials.
There were 7 accusations against Him.
There were 7 questions from Pilate to Christ, and there were 7 sayings from the cross.
In the book of Hebrews, seven titles refer to Christ.
1) He is the Heir of all things (Hebrews 1:2),
2) The Captain of our salvation (2:10),
3) The Apostle (3:1),
4) The ‘Author of salvation (5:9),
5) The Forerunner (6:20),
6) The High Priest (10:21)
7) The Author and finisher of our faith (12:2).
What a seven-fold declaration of His perfection.
Then in Revelation 5:6 “…, lo, in the midst of the throne …stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.”
Again, note the number 7. Observe how the Lamb had seven horns. The horn was a symbol of authority and strength and being that there are seven horns, we are being pointed to the perfect power and omnipotence of the Lord Jesus. Christ is omnipotent and is, therefore, God! Only He who is omnipotent can exert supremacy.
The seven eyes present a picture of the Lamb’s perfect Omniscience. This language corresponds directly with Zechariah 3:9 and 4:10, where we encounter God’s omniscience displayed by the seven eyes. God knows everything; He is Omniscient! Let’s face it; if He didn’t know everything, He wouldn’t be much of a God! He would be a very limited sort of a fellow and certainly no one to whom we could bring our deepest concerns and questions. If indeed God does not know all things I, for one, would be in a panic for who then could shepherd me?
Spurgeon tells the story of how a great Grecian artist was fashioning an image for a temple and was diligently carving the back part of the goddess. Someone said to him, “You need not finish that part of the statue because it is to be built into the wall.”
He replied, “The gods can see in the wall.”
The artist had the wrong God but the right idea of omniscience. The Lord Christ sees everything; He’s Omniscient.
The Seven Spirits sent forth are a declaration of Christ’s Omnipresence!
As you know, Omnipresence is one of the mighty attributes of God (Isaiah 66:1). Although God is not referred to directly in scripture as being Omnipresent, we know that His omnipresence is related to His omnipotence and omniscience. All three of these attributes work in concert. The fact that He is everywhere (omnipresent) means He knows everything (omniscience) and that He is everywhere (omnipresent) establishes that there is nowhere from which His power is excluded (omnipotence).
We are saved by He who is perfect.
And that’s the Gospel Truth!