Thus the two lines are united and exhausted in Jesus Christ; for by His death they both became extinct, and thus He was the King of Israel by right; became, and was declared to be, the Son of God by resurrection from the dead (Romans 1:4; Psalm 2:7; Acts 13:33 and Hebrews 1:5, 5:5).
Now the wonderful fact is that we have in the genealogy of Luke 3 exactly 77 names, with GOD at the one end, and JESUS at the other. This is indeed stamping it with the number of spiritual perfection.
On the other hand, although the genealogy in Matthew is artificially constructed (according to a recognized custom amongst the Jews, instances of which we have in the Old Testament), it is so arranged that it contains 42 generations, or Six sevens (6x7).
So that while Jesus is the 77th name in the line which comes through Nathan, it is the 66th name in the line which comes through Solomon. When we remember that six is the human number, and seven the Divine, can we doubt that we are thus pointed to the fact that Jesus was both Son of God and Son of Man?
Joseph was the husband of Mary, "of whom was born Jesus which is called Christ" (Matthew 1:16). That is to say, Joseph, who was the real son of Jacob (for it says "Jacob BEGAT Joseph," Matthew 1:16), could become the legal son of Heli only by his marriage with Heli's daughter Mary. Hence it does not say, in Luke 3:23, that Heli begat Joseph, but that he was "the son of Heli." The words, "the son," it will be observed, are in italics, and being thus a wider expression, denotes that he was legally the son-in-law of Heli, by his marriage with Mary, Heli's real daughter.
While Jesus, therefore, was the real son of Mary, He could be reckoned as the legal son of Joseph, and was descended from Nathan through Heli, as well as from Solomon through Jacob. The number six is further associated with Christ as the Son of Man, in that His birth was announced in the sixth month (Luke 1:26): and the sixth hour is specially marked at His crucifixion (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33; Luke 23:44).
Number six, seven and the sons of God
Beni-ha-Elohim, "sons of God," occurs six times.
- Genesis 6:2
- Job 2:6
- Job 38:7
- Psalm 29:1
- Psalm 89:6
- Daniel 3:25
Beni-El-hai, "sons of the living God," once.
- Hosea 1:10
Seven times in all, but not seven exactly alike. There are six in one form (used of angels), and one in another (used of men), to mark the fact that the sons of God, whether angels or men, fell from the spiritual perfection of their original position. This interesting illustration is not the only example of the contrasts presented between the number six and seven.
Shem, Ham, And Japheth
The two names Shem and Japheth, who received their father's blessing, occur together seven times in the Bible; but six of these are in connection with Ham whose posterity was cursed!
The number 6 and creation
In the Creation we have the six days and the seven. The six of labor and the seventh of rest.
What are the seven Spirits of God?
In Isaiah 11:2 the number Six marks that Christ would be a perfect man, and seven that He was perfect God; the first statement being marked off from the rest by its form.
|"The Spirit of the LORD shall rest upon Him, ||7 |
|the Spirit of wisdom ||6 |
|and understanding, |
|the Spirit of counsel |
|and might, |
|the Spirit of knowledge |
|and of the fear of the LORD." |
The 6 and 7 of the Golden Candlestick
The Golden Candlestick had six branches out of one central stem, making seven in all, marking, and in harmony with, the fact, that the light was the light of God's people in the world, but that its source was Divine.
In Ephesians 6:14-18, the Christian's 'armor' consists of six pieces; but there is a seventh without which they are of no avail, and that is "the Spear," which is Prayer:
The Girdle of Truth, John 14:6, 17:17.
The Breastplate of Righteousness, Jeremiah 23:6; Philippians 3:9.
The Sandals of the Gospel, Ephesians 2:10.
The Shield of Faith (i.e., Faith's shield, which is Christ), Genesis 17:1; Romans 13:14; Psalm 91:4.
The Helmet of Salvation
The Sword of the Spirit (i.e., the Spirit's sword, which is the Word of God), Revelation 19:13.
Prayer - which keeps the armor bright and enables us to use it effectually.
What was used to measure Ezekiel's Temple?
In Ezekiel 40 the measurements of God's Temple are given, which is yet to be erected in His land. The measuring rod used by "the man" was "six great cubits" in length (41:8). But the great cubit was one cubit and a hand-breadth long - therefore as six hand-breadths went to one cubit, there were really seven ordinary cubits in "the full reed of six great cubits." Thus whenever six and seven are used together the difference between their respective significations is most marked.