The Bible full of stories about the heroes of old, incredible adventures, and way better drama than any Hollywood script! It is, by far, the most amazing book. It can tell us many things about many subjects, like history, science, astronomy, geography; all kinds of things.
But first and foremost, it tells us the incomparable story of the the One Who came down from heaven in Person and saved us all: Our Lord Jesus Christ. According to the opening scripture, the more we learn about Him, the more grace and truth are multiplied in our lives.
According to the Jewish rabbis there are actually codes hidden all throughout the Hebrew text which serve as signposts, proving this is one unique book that can ONLY be Divinely inspired! Please understand, however, that though Bible codes often reveal things that have happened, they are simply meant to assure us that Abba is in control.
Some have tried to predict the future, with limited success. That usually doesn’t work since you’d have to know the players’ names ahead of time as well. That’s pretty much impossible since many who come onto the world stage are complete unknowns. I’d say that pretty much nixes most plans to divine the future. Anyway, God doesn’t want us to do that but, instead, to rely on and trust Him.
Let’s divide it up even further. On the Genesis-to-Esther side are the 5 Books of Moses: Genesis, Exodus, Levitucus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, followed by 12 historical books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah and Esther. 5 Books of Law, 12 Books of History. 5 + 12 = 17.
17 is the number of “Victory!” David, for instance, defeated Goliath when he was 17. Amazing!
(For more reading on the meaning of numbers in the Bible, you may follow the links below:
A New And Living Way.
In our Bible as you read above, the poetry books are in the very center. In the Hebrew Bible, however, “Thilim: Psalms,” is at the very end, suggesting that the Jewish people did not have a warm relationship with God. They didn’t view Him as a loving Father but as fearsome, angry and distant.
There is good reason for their fear. Under the Old Covenant, it was a frightening thing to approach God! It was based on the blood of bulls and goats, a flawed priesthood and imperfect people. The more you came, the greater your chances of dying!
Today, you and I have a better Covenant based on better promises and better blood: The Perfect, sinless blood of The Lamb of God: Jesus Christ Himself! It’s a “new and living way:” The more you come, THE MORE YOU LIVE!
So if you feel that God is angry with you or very far away, be assured of this: HIS HEART IS FOR YOU! Don’t get stuck in an Old Covenant mentality. God’s book, set up in Divine order, plainly says that GOD IS IN LOVE WITH YOU!