11 “Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY-THREE; and although there were so many, the net was not broken.”
There are so many things about Hebrew that are absolutely amazing. No wonder it is God’s language of choice!
No Insignificant Details.
You may have heard that no detail in scripture is arbitrary or insignificant. Well, numbers are definitely no exception. Through them, and other things, the Holy Spirit is telling us the incomparable story of Jesus. He inspired His Jewish secretaries who wrote what they were told, repeating the timeless story of redemption over and over again, pointing out wonderful truths in order to teach, encourage, and bless us!
One of the most unique things about Hebrew is that they don’t use numbers like we do here in the West. They use the letters of their alphabet. It is a language of picture writing, like Chinese. Each letter has a numerical value, a picture associated with it as well as a color, and a musical note.
King David, who wrote most of the psalms, played them on his harp. His instrument had 22 strings, the same as the number of letters in their alphabet. He could literally play the music of the Psalms by following the Hebrew letters as his musical notes!
All of these things lend to greater meaning and deeper understanding of whatever text you are reading or studying.
3: The Number of Manifestation.
#1. Jesus rose (was manifested) from the dead on the 3rd day.
#2. On the 3rd day, God commanded dry land to appear (manifest) out of the waters; a picture of resurrection.
#3. On the 3rd day God will raise us up (manifestation of the sons of God) that we may live in His sight, according to Hosea. This speaks of the “harpadzó,” or snatching away of the Church, which most know as the rapture.
Throughout the Bible, there are many occurrences of the number 3. But it’s not merely the actual number itself. It could be some event or anything that is mentioned 3 times. This applies to all other numbers as well.
God does a lot of things in three’s: We have a Triune God: One God, three persons. Time is divided into three parts: Past, present, and future. Man, whom He created, tri-parteid: Body, soul, and spirit. There are three states of matter: Solid, liquid, and gas…..well, you get the idea.
5: The Number of Grace.
#1. The 5th time David’s name was mentioned, Saul said of David, “he hath found favour (i.e. grace) in my sight,” 1 Sam. 16:22
As you can see in the picture above of the Hebrew alphabet, Hei [ה], the number circled in red, is the 5th letter as well as the number “Five.” That’s why we say, “Five is the NUMBER of GRACE!
This next number, “17,” is really exciting!
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” He (Paul) by the Holy Spirit, goes on to mention 17 things that cannot separate us from God’s love.
#2. Joseph was 17 years old when he was sold into slavery. His whole story started on a victorious note in God’s eyes!
#3. Davids slew Goliath when he was 17 years old.
# 4. Jesus rose from the dead on the 17th day of the month of Nissan.
Here’s the best one:
Yep; 17! SEVENTEEN DIFFERENT LANGUAGES!
This next one is really, REALLY COOL!
The Number 153.
#5. After Jesus rose from the dead, He went down to the Sea of Galilee where the disciples had been fishing all night but had caught nothing. Jesus told them in John 21:6, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast, and now they were not able to draw it in because of the multitude of fish.”
There were so many fish, THEY HAD TO DRAG THE NET TO SHORE!
11 “Simon Peter went up and dragged the net to land, full of large fish, one hundred and fifty-three;” Let’s do a little math, shall we?
Some Very Interesting Math.
You saw in the opening passage the story of the great catch of fish. It is no accident that the Holy Spirit made mention of the number of fish they caught. Whenever He does that, pay close attention: He has something to tell us that will really bless and encourage. It is just further proof that NOTHING in the Bible is recorded arbitrarily, just to make the book thicker.
17 = VICTORY!!!
AWESOME GOD, AWESOME SAVIOR! THANK YOU, JESUS!!!