By: Gary L. Rodgers
Some time ago I began to read a book from a Dr. Ed F. Vallowe on the use of numbers in the Bible and I wanted to share one number in particular that beautifully illustrates God’s wonderful love and grace towards us. I hope that you find this equally rewarding as well.
Throughout the Word of God we find that God uses numbers to bring about certain truths, and I have found that sometimes these numbers seem to jump right off the pages of scripture to emphasize that this wonderful book has indeed been written by the God of creation Himself; whom by His grace has demonstrated that He loved us by giving His Son as the perfect sacrifice for our sins. Grace is the unmerited favor of God towards you and me.
Often when I pray whether it be at home or in church I will raise my hand(s) to the Lord and for good reason. First of all I have found twelve verses of scripture where Prophets and Kings have raised up their hands unto God in Heaven in an attitude of prayer! But one thing in particular that speaks to my heart is when I look at my raised hand I am reminded by my five fingers that I have knelt before the King of Kings and Lord of Lords who by His grace has made this possible for me to do this. And in doing this when the Lord looks down on me it is a reminder to Him that by faith I am saved by His grace and not by my works. That’s how important and honorable it is for me!
THE NUMBER 5
Grace or God’s Goodness
Heh (ה) in the Hebrew; Epsilon (Ε, ε) in the Greek
The tabernacle in the wilderness speaks out in its dimensions and design in groups of five or multiples of five the grace of God. We find that there were five offerings that were to be sacrificed on the altar.
- Burnt Offering:
This offering was to be burnt to ashes, only the skin would be given to the Priest. (Leviticus 7:8)
The whole offering went up to God and thus speaks of His own satisfaction in the death of His Son. The ashes are descriptive of the absolute and thorough judgment of sin. The skin of the animal as with Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:21) speaks of the provision of God that was made in the death of His Son to clothe the guilty naked sinner in the garments of salvation and righteousness, making the lost sinner a joint heir with Christ. (Isaiah 61:10 and Luke 15:22)
- Peace Offering:
This typifies Christ reconciling man to himself through the peace that was made by His shed blood on the cross. (Colossians 1:20 and Ephesians 2:14 – 19) Believers are to now feed upon the affections and strength of Christ, as typified in the breast and shoulders of the sacrifice. (Leviticus 3:1-17 and 7:11-21)
- Sin Offering:
Christ is pictured in this offering as our substitute, bearing the judgment of our sin to meet the requirements of the law. (1 Peter 2:24 & 25, 3:18, Isaiah 53, Leviticus 4, Leviticus 6:25-30)
- Trespass Offering:
This was a two-fold offering in covering sins against God and against ones neighbor. This typifies Christ’s death as atoning for every effect of sin. (Leviticus 5:1-19, Leviticus 6:1-7)
- Meat Offering:
Typifies Christ’s perfect humanity. (Matthew 1:18-23, 3:17)
The Frankincense speaks of the fragrant life of Christ.
The oil speaks of Christ’s anointing of the Spirit for His public ministry.
In the story of David and Goliath, David chose five smooth stones. David trusted in the grace of God. (1 Samuel 17:40-51) When God has something for you and I to do you can rest assured that God will give us the grace needed to do it.
The number five is mentioned 318 times in scripture and nearly always touches on the Goodness and Grace of God towards man.
There are five women that are mentioned in the genealogy of Christ. All five of these women experienced the grace of God in their lives.
In Romans 11:5 & 6 we find that the word “grace” is used five times and the word “work or works” used four times. The number four in scripture typically carries with it the meaning of Creation, the Flesh or the World. The works here mentioned are of the natural man. The natural man is dependent upon his own works and if he is to be saved from his works it is done by the grace of God.
In 1 Peter 1:1&2 Peter addresses the saints in five countries, and he mentions five doctrines. After these two sets of five Peter uses the word grace.
- Foreknowledge of God
- Sanctification of the Spirit
- Blood of Christ
“Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
In Exodus 30:23 – 25 we find five ingredients in the holy anointing oil.
- Myrrh – An aromatic resin found in the thorny plant of the Commiphora tree that is typically harvested by bruising the tree.
- Sweet Cinnamon – A spice that is found in the inner bark of the Cinnamon tree which is native to South East Asia.
- Sweet Calamus – Is a perennial marsh plant with sword-like leaves and aromatic roots. Indigenous to India and is found in Europe across southern Russia.
- Cassia – A shrub like tree that produces a bean. The tree has a strong aroma to it and is slightly of bitter taste. Sometimes referred to as Chinese Cinnamon.
- Olive Oil – Abstracted from the olive and is a tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin.
In typology the Holy Anointing Oil is used as a type to represent the Holy Spirit. (Acts 10:38)
In Hebrews 10:29 the Holy Spirit is referred to as the Spirit of Grace.
In Isaiah 9:6 we find five names that Christ was to be called.
- The Mighty God
- The everlasting Father
- The Prince of Peace
The fifth name that Christ was called was the Prince of Peace. Grace brings Peace.
In John 5:2 we find that the Pool of Bethesda had five porches. People came to this place to be healed of their infirmities. This is a picture of God’s Grace. Jesus had five words in His question to the man at the pool . “Wilt thou be made whole?” Thus demonstrating that this man would be made whole by the grace of God.
In Jeremiah 33:11 we find the five voices of Grace that would be heard in Israel when they return from their captivity.
- The voice of Joy
- The voice of gladness
- The voice of the Bridegroom
- The voice of the Bride
- The voice of them that say “Praise the Lord of Hosts
Two scriptures of interest that I would like to quote here from Dr. Ed Vallowe from his book on Biblical Mathematics. Each of these verses is broken into five divisions.
- “How much more shall the blood of Christ,
- Who through the eternal Spirit
- Offered himself without spot to God,
- Purge your conscience from dead works
- To serve the living and true God.”
A. In number one is the Son, Jesus Christ, who by the GRACE of God tasted death for every man. (Hebrews 2:9)
B. Second we have the Spirit of GRACE. (Hebrews 10:29)
C. Third we have the God of all GRACE. ( 1 Peter 5:10)
D. Fourth we have man, lost (dead) in his sins and needing God’s GRACE of forgiveness. (Ephesians 2:1-9)
E. Fifth we find that man is made alive by GRACE and can now serve God. (Ephesians 2:5)
- In the first three divisions we find the Trinity.
- In the fourth we find man (Gods CREATION) lost in (this WORLD) his dead works.
- In the fifth man is reconciled by the GRACE of God.
In John 3:14 & 15 we find these five divisions;
- “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness,
- Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up:
- That whosoever believeth in Him
- Should not perish,
- But have everlasting life.
A. In the first division we find that this was God’s Divine plan. God sets the stage. Man needs to accept it.
B. In the second division we find that the Son of Man (by the GRACE of God) must also be lifted up. Suspended between Heaven and earth (rejected by both).
C. In the third we find that God’s gift of GRACE to man cannot be worked for, It can only be accepted by mans faith.
D. In the forth we again find God’s Creation (man) lost in this World of sin, is reconciled by the grace (that undeserving gift of pardon) of God through Jesus Christ.
E. In the fifth we find that if man believes and accepts God’s plan of salvation that by the GRACE of God man will be saved. (John 3:16)
Other interesting verses where the number five points to GRACE:
- Genesis 6:8 – The fifth time that Noah’s name is mentioned in scripture is in this verse. “But Noah found GRACE in the eyes of the Lord.”
- Ruth 2:2 – The fifth time that Ruth’s name is mentioned in scripture is in this verse. “And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall find GRACE. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
- Ruth 2:8 – The fifth place where Boaz named is mentioned in scripture he tells Ruth not to glean in another field, but to abide fast by his maidens. And in verse nine he reminds her of the instructions that he has given to the young men, and that she should drink of the same vessels as that of the young men when she is thirsty. And in verse ten we find Ruth’s words after hearing all of this. “Why have I found GRACE in thine eyes, that thou shouldest take knowledge of me, seeing that I am a stranger?” Are these not the same questions that we as a hopelessly lost undeserving sinner ask God when He offers His GRACE to us?
The fifth time that David’s name is mentioned after having been anointed by Samuel and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David is found in 1 Samuel 16:22.
“And Saul sent to Jesse, saying, Let David, I pray thee, stand before me; for he hath found FAVOUR in my sight.” In the Strong’s Concordance it carries the meaning of grace. It is the same word that is used for GRACE in Genesis 6:8. The word in the Hebrew is “chen” (חֵן) pronounced as (khan).
“For by GRACE are ye saved through faith.” How wonderful and loving beyond all measure is our God to bestow upon us this unmerited favor whom have deserved it the least.
The Bible closes with these wonderful words:
Revelation 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.