The 3-7-12 Principle (Part 2 of 4)

 

Seinfeld‘s George Costanza was on to something in the episode where he had a burning desire to name his firstborn “Seven.”

Seven Costanza – has quite a ring to it.

In introducing the 3-7-12 Principle last time we took a biblical look at the number 3, and many of its’ possible implications. Generally, we view the number three from its’ basis in the Trinity, and the “completeness” that it signifies throughout scripture.

So to begin the idea of the 3-7-12 Principle, we first have the completeness of three.

Now – what of seven?

It’s another undeniable theme throughout both the Old and New Testaments and the meaning is clear. I submit to you that God does not inspire subliminal messages in His Word. Among the examples:

  • Seven days of Genesis.
  • Seven seals of Revelation.
  • Seven angels.
  • Seven plagues.
  • Seven colors in the rainbow.
  • Seven Feasts.
  • Seven loaves and fishes.
  • How many times shall we forgive? Seven? No. Seven times seventy.
  • Seven – is mentioned seven times in Genesis 7.
  • Seven notes in the musical scale.
  • Solomon build the temple over seven years.

This is not the stuff of vagueness. It’s clear that God is telling us something here.

In seven, we have perfect completion. A finished task without error.

Clearly, God shows us there is application in this idea. Not that there’s anything magical about it, but there is something quite holy about it.

In the next post, we’ll take a look at the final number in the 3-7-12 Principal – the number 12, and then we’ll try to tie all this together and see what it means as a whole.

May God bless you and keep you, and may His mighty countenance be upon you.

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The 3-7-12 Principle (Part 1 of 4)

(Blogger’s Note: This is the first in a series of four posts outlining the 3-7-12 Principle in my upcoming book: “Light Wins! …and the darkness is defeated forever…”)

John Maxwell has his 21 Irrefutable Laws; Rick Warren has his 40 Days of Purpose; and Stephen Covey has his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.

So, as we say down here in Arkansas … we’re already walking in some pretty tall cotton.

From the first printing of God‘s Word there’s been an interesting and ongoing dialogue about the significance, or lack thereof, of  the symbolism of biblical numbers. Could it be pure coincidence that we see the repeating theme of numbers throughout both the Old and New Testaments? I’m a believer that there’s not a single coincidental word in the Bible and so as a reader and a writer, I must conclude God desires that we delve into the meaning of these numbers for a greater understanding of his Holy Spirit as it lives in each and every Believer.

I’m no Robert Langston (the symbologist portrayed in Dan Brown‘s “The DaVinci Code“) … oh, but to be as suave and debonair as the character Tom Hanks portrayed in that series … but it seems the significance of certain numbers in the Bible, simply cannot be denied.

The writing process is one that comes with great learning. As we seek to learn about other things, we, in the process, also learn much about ourselves. And so the fascination of a writer’s journey is compounded with certain revelations.

I’ve noticed (with the help of others) that my own particular writing style is relatively metaphorical in nature, and that I subconsciously use numbers as an expression of those metaphors … particularly the numbers 3, 7 and 12. Those who write with a metaphorical tone are in good company, I’d say. The parables Jesus related throughout the New Testament were the ultimate, and most profound metaphors.

For now, let’s take a look at the Biblical significance of the number “3,” mentioned exactly 523 times in Scripture Some quick facts and observations:

  • Three attributes of God: omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence.
  • Three crosses at Christ’s crucifixion.
  • Jesus was resurrected on the third day.
  • Jesus ran with a group of 12, but His inner circle consisted of three.
  • At 120 years old, Moses’ life was divided into three distinct periods of 40 each.
  • Three is God’s numerical “signature.”
  • The Godhead consists of three. Add up the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and you get “three.” But multiply 1 exponentially by three, and you still get “one.” 
  • Our earthly lives consist of three phases: Birth, Life, Death.
  • The Ark of the Covenant contained three sacred objects.
  • Holy, Holy, Holy.
  • It was in Genesis 1:3 when God spoke Light into being, eliminating the darkness forevermore.
  • “And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. A chord of three strands is not quickly torn apart.” Ecclesiastes 4:12

And the list could go on and on…

There is power in the perfection of three. There is holiness and grace in the promise of three.

And there are principles we can follow in the priority of three.

(Next Post: “The Promise of Seven.”)