Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 1
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 1
The number 1 is only divisible by itself. It is independent of any other numerals yet yet composes them all. It symbolizes in the Bible the unity and primacy, and the oneness of the Godhead. What is known as the Shema (or Shema Yisrael), a quote of verse four in Deuteronomy 6:4 that is often used in Jewish prayer services, attests to this fact.
The number 1 also represents the unity between God the Father and His Son Jesus (John 10:30). Jesus, by his singular sacrifice, has made possible the forgiveness of ALL our sins. He is the one Mediator and Shepherd (1Timothy 2:5; John 10:16) in the life of a Christian.
The Old and New Testaments have an incredible unity between them. More than 1/3rd of the New Testament is composed of Old Testament quotes. Many writings from the prophets and Psalms could not be understood without the Gospels and the rest of the New Testament. Prophecies is places like Isaiah 53 would not be correctly understood as referring to the Messiah if the Gospels did not exist. Such examples are a testament to the unified nature of the Scriptures and offer proof of its direct inspiration by God.
Appearances of the number one
Of the ten shortest books 2John, 3John, Philemon, Jude and Obadiah are the shortest with only one chapter.
Words that show up only once in the King James Version translation of Scripture include Reverend (Psalms 111:9), Grandmother (2Timothy 1:5) and Eternity (Isaiah 57:15). Other words such as Forgetfulness (Psalm 88:12) and Lukewarm (Revelation 3:16) also appear only once.
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