The first three are marked off from the others by the words "after these things," 15:1. The next four are marked off from the eighth by similar separating words, repeated in 22:1.
It will be noted that each covenant blessing is stamped with the character of its numerical significance.
How many times did Joseph talk to the brothers who ABANDONED him?
Joseph's typical communications with his brethren were eight in number. Seven times before Jacob's death, and an eighth time after.
In Genesis 37:6, he tells his dream about the sheaves of wheat (earthly glory).
His second dream about the sun, moon, and stars (heavenly glory, completing the double witness of John 3:12).
His message of love to them from his father, when he is rejected and cast into the pit, but raised (unknown to them) to the right hand of power.
They are compelled to go to Joseph, Genesis 42.
Again they go, Genesis 43:15.
A third time (Genesis 44:13), when Joseph proclaims himself. Three times they had denied him. Three times they have to go to him; and the third time, after deep exercise of heart, reach the place of blessing. But it is (like the Number 6) incomplete.
"And Israel [no longer Jacob] took his journey with all that he had" (Genesis 46). Nothing more is to be desired, so he says, "Now let me die, since I have seen thy face," etc. (verse 30). The history is spiritually complete; but there remains another communication.
Jacob has passed away, and they are face to face with Joseph, a type of Christ in resurrection glory (Genesis 50:15, etc.).
What number is symbolic of punishment?
There are eight particulars in connection with punishment (Exodus 21:23-25); but seven stand in a different category, not being possible if the eighth were inflicted, viz., "Life for life."
|1. Life for life, ||8 |
|2. Eye for eye, ||7 |
|3. Tooth for tooth, |
|4. Hand for hand, |
|5. Foot for foot, |
|6. Burning for burning, |
|7. Wound for wound, |
|8. Stripe for stripe. |
Seven times we have the phrase "As the LORD commanded Moses,"* and once (verse 16), "according to all that the LORD commanded him."
* Verse 23, "had commanded," is the same as the other six in the Hebrew.
What was the only Biblical feast kept for eight days?
The Feast of Tabernacles was the only feast which was kept eight days. The eighth is distinguished from the seventh. See Leviticus 23:39, and compare verses 34-36; Numbers 29:39, and Nehemiah 8:18.
Eight appeals of Solomon for his prayer to be heard. Seven times, "Hear Thou from heaven," and once (verse 21), "Hear Thou from thy dwelling-place, from heaven." Similarly in 1Kings 8, the parallel passage.
How many steps were in Ezekiel's Temple?
Seven led into the outer court (40:22,26), and eight led from the outer to the inner (40:31,34,37).
The seven led from labor to rest, the eight from rest to worship.
Jesus was on a mountain 8 times
The Lord Jesus was on a mountain eight times.* Seven times were before the cross, but the eighth time after He rose from the dead.
* Omitting of course the scene in the Temptation.
The 7 graces
There are seven graces in Colossians 3:12-13, but (verse 14) over all these there is "love," which is the bond of perfection, the upper garment which completes and unites the others.
"The wisdom that is from above" is enumerated in seven particulars, but the fifth is double, making eight in all ("full of mercy and good fruits").
The eight sons of Abraham
Abraham's sons were eight in number; but seven were "born after the flesh," while one, the eighth, was "by promise."
The Consecration of Aaron and His Sons
The consecration of Aaron and His sons was on the eighth day, after abiding "at the door of the Tabernacle of the Congregation day and night seven days" (Leviticus 8:35, 9:1).
What kind of FURNITURE was in Solomon's Temple?
In Solomon's temple there were eight classes of furniture, while in the Tabernacle there were seven: -
|Temple ||Tabernacle |
|1 Ark ||1 Ark |
|1 Mercy-seat ||1 Mercy-seat |
|1 Altar of Incense ||1 Altar of Incense |
|10 Candlesticks ||1 Candlestick |
|10 Tables of shewbread ||1 Table of shewbread |
|1 Altar of burnt-offering ||1 Altar of burnt-offering |
|10 Lavers ||1 Laver |
|1 Brasen Sea || |
|35 (5x7) ||7 |
How many times was it said to keep the Sabbath Holy?
There were eight commands in all. Seven by Jehovah (Exodus 20:8; Deuteronomy 5:12, repetition; 23:12, 31:13, 34:21; Leviticus 19:3,30, 23:3: one by Moses, Exodus 35:2).
David was the eighth son of Jesse
David was the eighth son of Jesse according to 1 Samuel 16:6, etc., and 1 Samuel 17:12; but owing doubtless to the death of one son without issue, and hence excluded from the genealogies, David would be called in 1Chronicles 2:15 "the seventh."
These will suffice to show the connection between the numbers seven and eight.