The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 0
According to a 2009 Scientific American article entitled "The Origin of Zero," the number 0 did not begin to take shape until the fifth century A.D. in India. The English word we use to represent it did not come into existence until around 1595 - 1605 A.D. (dictionary.com). It took human societies quite a while to wrap their minds around using 0 as a value as it represented something that was contrary to their daily lives.
". . . the idea of a number (0) that represented nothing was counterintuitive and controversial, raising philosophical as well as mathematical questions. Europe's first mathematics, after all, was concerned mainly with counting and measuring solid objects, and you can't count to nothing." (Easy as Pi, chapter on Numbers in Math and Science).
Although the word "zero" that represents the number 0 is absent in the 1611 King James translation (KJV), the conceptual meaning behind it is found many times within its pages. For example, the Bible contains synonymous words for its value such as "none" (358 times), "nothing" (225 times), "empty" (38 times), "nought" (36 times), "void" (24 times) and others. Below are three of the many examples where the concepts that underpin zero is referenced in God's word.
The devil promotes zero!
The first Biblical reference to the concept behind the number 0 (nothing or none) was the devil's use of it to tempt mankind to sin!
"Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?" (Genesis 3:1, KJV throughout).
Another way of stating the devil's deceptive introduction to Eve is, "Is it true God said you cannot eat of any (zero) of the trees he created?"
God told Adam and Eve that they could eat from ANY tree in the garden except the tree of good and evil (Genesis 2:16 - 17). Out of love, he created a wide variety of tasty foods for the first humans to enjoy. He generously allowed them to eat as much as they wanted from more than 99% of Eden's trees.
The devil, however, who through lust and vanity turned himself into a spiritual black hole, decided to twist the Lord's words in order to bring down man. He subtly asserted that Adam and Eve were offered nothing (zero) for food, implying their Creator was a sadist who commands his creation follow his impossible rules! Their only option, according to the deceiver, was to call God's bluff by eating of the forbidden fruit and becoming just like him.
God's rule and number zero
The Bible's authority over all humans is based on the assertion that the Godhead, composed of God the Father and Jesus Christ, are the only true Deities in the universe (see Isaiah 44:24 - 28). Everything that exists in the physical universe and the spiritual realm (e.g. angels) were made by the Father through Christ (John 1:1 - 3). All other gods either are a creation of mankind's imagination or are inspired by demonic powers who seek to exploit and destroy humanity.
In an interesting set of verses, Isaiah 44:6 to 45:22, the Lord proclaims eight times that he alone, and no (0) others are God.
"Thus saith the Lord the King of Israel, and his redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no (zero) God . . .
" . . . Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any."
"I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me . . . That they may know from the rising of the sun, and from the west, that there is none beside me. I am the Lord, and there is none (nothing or zero) else."
". . . Surely God is in thee; and there is none else, there is no God."
". . . I am the Lord; and there is none else."
". . . and there is no God else beside me; a just God and a Savior; there is none beside me. Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none (nothing or 0) else." (Isaiah 44:6, 8, 45:5 - 6, 14, 18, 21 - 22).
Additional info on Biblical Meaning of 0
We humans can never truly guarantee that something we want to happen will take place. Even if what we want to happen takes place, we cannot 100% insure we will receive the outcome we desire.
God, on the other hand, always accomplishes what he sets out to do. When His will is carried out, it never returns empty (has zero effects).
"So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void (producing no or zero effects), but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." (Isaiah 55:11).