The number seven is of great significance in the Hebrew and Christian scriptures. I am not a “Lexicon theology” kind of person – meaning I have seen a lot of bad theology based on people taking a Hebrew, Greek, or Aramaic word out context because they lack grammatical, historical, or contextual understanding of how it was used, but in this case, I am going to refer to the Hebrew root of the word seven as Sheva, sometimes found as Sheba. The Hebrew root of these words means, perfect, complete, or satisfied.
Though biblical scholars disagree on many things, the one thing they agree on is that the number seven has tremendous significance in the bible. It is used over 300 times with variations and references too numerous to get into, and not my focus.
God rested on the seventh day having completed the created order – complete, satisfied, perfect. The book of Revelation is filled with seven church, seven horns, seven vials etc…
Of interest to me in my field of grief and loss, is that Shiva is the Jewish custom for mourning for seven days – eternal life is reaching perfection and completeness. For the Christian death lost it’s sting through Jesus, the a perfect, complete, sacrifice.
So as I approach the day that we call Easter or Resurrection Sunday this year, I am focusing on a time of fasting, prayer, and spiritual growth. I hope to gain a deeper knowledge of Jesus and what is means to me to be His follower – not in works alone, but mostly in being. I will be posting a daily devotional, educational piece, personal spiritual insight, or just plain musings beginning on Sunday March 2nd, through the day we worship Him as Risen on April 20th.
Writing is my way to study and process deeply, and who knows, maybe someone else will read a post and gain a grain of hope as well.
“And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul’s message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth.” Acts 17:11 NLT