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Study for May
The next number in Scripture is the
number eight. In Hebrew, eight is “sh’moneh” from the primary
root of “shah’meyn’ which means “to make fat”, “cover with fat”,
“to superbound”. As a number, it represents “super abundance”.
Seven, as we saw, is the number of spiritual completion – the
seventh day represented completeness and rest; so the eighth day
represents over and above this perfect completeness; it
represents the first in a new series as well as being the
eighth. Consider: seven we saw which marked that which was
spiritually complete or satisfying; eight represents then that
which is superabundant or satiating.
God’s covenants with Abraham were eight
in number; seven before Isaac was offered up and the eighth when
he had been received “in a figure” from the dead. The listing of
the covenants are remarkable in themselves in that each is
stamped with the character of its numerical significance –all
the numbers we have studied thus far:
Gen.12:7, the seed
13:14-17, Divine assurance, rising and walking on resurrection
15:13-21, the limits of the land; the 400 years; the 4th
17:1-22, invincible grace
18:9-15, human failure and imperfection
21:12, Spiritual blessing headed up in the seed
22:15-18, resurrection blessing.
The first three are marked off from the
others by the words “after these things” in Gen 15:1; the next
four are marked off from the eighth by similar separating words,
repeated in Gen. 22:1.
Another example of note relating the
number seven and eight is in the story of Joseph: Joseph
communicated with his brothers eight times – seven times before
Jacob’s death, and an eighth time after; the eighth is a type of
a face to face meeting with Christ in resurrection glory – Gen.
Abraham had eight sons; seven were born
after the flesh, but the eighth was “by promise”.
There were eight commands in all to keep
the Sabbath holy; seven by God, and one by God’s chosen, Moses
in Exodus 35:2
Eight by itself represents
seven plus 1; thus it is specifically associated with
Resurrection and Regeneration, and the beginning of a new order.
When the earth was covered with the flood, Noah as “the
person” (2 Peter 2:5) stepped out into a new earth to begin a
new order of things.
Eight souls passed through it
into the new regenerated world (1 Peter 3:20).
Circumcision is performed on the eighth
day as a foreshadowing of the New Covenant, that is, the
circumcision of the heart thus connecting it to the new
creation. The first born was to be given to God on the eighth
day, Exodus 22:29,30.
Resurrection: Jesus was resurrected on
the first day of the week which is therefore the eighth day.
Eight is the first cubic number – the
cube of 2. (three is the symbol of the first plane figure; four
is the first square). The Holy of Holies in both the tabernacle
and the Temple were cubes; in the tabernacle the cube was of 10
cubits, in the Temple the cube of 20 cubits. The New Jerusalem
in the book of Revelation is noted to be a cube of 12,000
of the number eight: the miracles of Elijah in the Old Covenant
were eight in number, marking the Divine character of his
mission. Interesting – the miracles of Elisha were double in
number – sixteen (8 X 2) because his request was
2:9 And it came to pass, when they were gone over, that Elijah
said unto Elisha, Ask what I shall do for thee, before I be
taken away from thee.And Elisha said, I pray thee, let a double
portion of thy spirit be upon me.
Eight is the dominical number, for
everywhere it has to do with the Lord. It is the number of His
name in Greek “Iesous” with the Greek letters for Jesus = 888.
Other dominical names of Jesus also reflect the number eight.
These are from the New Testament and therefore the gematria is
of the Greek names for our Lord. Each letter in the Greek has a
numerical value that when totaled together signifies a multiple
of 8 – shown as follows: as just noted “Jesus” totals 888 (which
is 8 X 111); Christ, the total is 1480 (which is 8 X 185); Lord,
800 (8 X 100); Our Lord, 1768 (8 X 221); Saviour, 1408 (8 X 8 X
32); Emmanuel, 25600 (8 X 8 X 8 X 50); Messiah, 656 (8 X 82);
Son, 880 (8 X 110). Look back over this study and you can see
where in almost all cases the “eighth” has strong inference in
some way to our Lord.
There is more that could be written but
you can see from even this that God’s Word is exactly as God
wrote it to be. God doesn’t have to try to have all this come
together as it does; His Word is a reflection of Who God is and
therefore would automatically come out in the perfection we see
reflected in our studies. It is evidence that it is all Him =