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2 Timothy 3: 16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:. As we study God’s Word, it is amazing how intricately and perfectly it is put together. “Man” did not write the Bible – he was only the writing instrument which God used to put it down on paper so that others could have access to read it. Indeed, God’s Word is Wondrous! We continue today with Number in Scripture by E.W. Bullinger, specifically the number eight.

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Study for May 27, 2017

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:

1.    Gen. 12:1-3, sovereignty

2.    Gen.12:7, the seed

3.    Gen. 13:14-17, Divine assurance, rising and walking on resurrection ground

4.    Gen. 15:13-21, the limits of the land; the 400 years; the 4th generation

5.    Gen. 17:1-22, invincible grace

6.    Gen. 18:9-15, human failure and imperfection

7.    Gen. 21:12, Spiritual blessing headed up in the seed

8.    Gen. 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. 50:18

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 eighth 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 furlongs.

Other instances 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 Kings 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 = All God!