What’s Perfect About the Number Seven?

SIMPLY SEVEN (2)Biblical numerology is the study of numbers in the Bible. At the start of the Bible the number seven is identified as being the number of completion, for all things have an end. The number seven in Scripture represents Divine perfection or completeness. Not every “7” in the Bible carries a significant meaning, sometimes “7” is just 7, without attaching a symbolic meaning to the text, especially when the Scripture does not give an explicit meaning. There are times that God does communicate the idea of divine completeness, perfection, and wholeness by means of the number 7 and perhaps not always in every instance of the number itself.

In creation week, the first 6 days God created the heavens and the earth, on the 7th day God rested. God rested not because He was tired but to set the standard for mankind to follow. He desired rest for us because it does not come naturally to use. To rest, we have to trust that God will take care of things for us. We have to trust that if we take a day off, the world will not stop turning on its axis. It is only in Christ that we find the ultimate rest. Only in Him can we find our complete rest from the cares of the world, the sorrows that plague us, and from the need to work to make ourselves acceptable to Him. We can now cease from our spiritual labors and rest in Him not just one day a week, but always. (Matt. 11:28; 1 Pet. 5:7)

World wide there are 7 days observed in a week. God has set the 7th day as a day of rest, referred to as the Sabbath (Deut. 5:12).

The number seven is used in the Bible more than 700 times. It is used in the Book of Revelation more than 50 times. If we were to count other phrases such as, “7 x 7” or “Sevenfold”, the count would be higher.

Significant Old Testament Principles Using “7”

  • Noah was commanded to bring 7 pairs of every clean animal on the ark (Gen. 7:2).
  • For the sin offering the priest were commanded to sprinkle the blood 7 times before the Lord (Lev. 4:6).
  • 7 days of consecration and 7 days and nights for atonement was commanded by Moses for Aaron and his sons (Lev. 8:33-35).
  • The Israelites were commanded to eat unleavened bread for 7 days (Deut. 16:3).
  • Marion was put outside the camp for 7 days for speaking against Moses (Num. 12:15).
  • Naaman was told to wash in the Jordan River 7 times to be completely cleansed of Leprosy (2 Ki. 5:10).
  • Joshua was commanded to march around Jericho, and on the 7th day, 7 priest each with a trumpet were to make a long blast (Joshua 6:4-5).

(There were many other occurrences in which the act of ” 7″ was required, but this list of ” 7″ is sufficient in making a point.)

7 Feast

  • Passover (Ex. 12)
  • Feast of Unleavened Bread (Ex. 12:8; 29:2; Num. 9:11)
  • Feast of First Fruits (Lev. 23:9: Deut. 26:1-11)
  • Feast of Weeks (Lev. 23)
  • Feast of Trumpets (Num. 29:1)
  • Day of Atonement (Lev. 23:27-28)
  • Feast of Tabernacles (Lev. 23:43)

7 Spirits of the Messiah (Isaiah 11:1-2)

  • The Spirit of the Lord
  • The Spirit of Wisdom
  • The Spirit of Understanding
  • The Spirit of Counsel
  • The Spirit of Might
  • The Spirit of Knowledge
  • The Spirit of Fear of the Lord

7 Fold “I AM” Statements in the Gospel of John

  • I AM the Bread of Life – He is the Bread that sustains us. He gives is the daily nourishments that we all need. (John 6:48)
  • I AM the Light of the World – He brings the energy of light into the darkness of this world. (John 8:12)
  • I AM THE DOOR (John 10:9)
  • I AM THE GOOD SHEPHERD (John 10:11)
  • I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE (John 14:6)
  • I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE (John 11:25)
  • I AM THE TRUE VINE (John 15:1)

7 Things that are an abomination to the Lord (Prov. 6:16)

  • haughty eyes
  • a lying tongue
  • hands that shed innocent blood
  • a heart that devise wicked schemes
  • feet that are quick to rush into evil
  • a false witness who pours out lies
  • a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.

7 Parables in Matthew Chapter 13

  • The Parable of the Sower (v. 1-23).
  • The Parable of the Weeds (v. 24-30).
  • The Parable of the Mustard Seed (v. 31-32).
  • The Parable of the Yeast (v. 33-35).
  • The Parable of the Weeds Explained (v. 36-43).
  • The Parable of the Hidden Treasure and the Pearl (v. 44-45).
  • The Parable of the Net (v. 47-52).

2 thoughts on “What’s Perfect About the Number Seven?

  1. Ooooo… This is good teaching to my SOUL!!!! I needed to read this… The #7 & #3 has symbolic meanings to me… I do almost everything in those numbers. Just recently on my IG post I supported 7 small businesses… I grown to grasp hold of these numbers being 7 for completion and 3 (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). Also, I find myself waking up in the 3 o’clock hour (which I refer to as waking hour) like I need just now but and been up since… I’ll usually pray, read scripture or find something positive to read/do such as I how came across your post in my email inbox… During this hour my mind is more creative… I know some ppl may think its ironic in a sense but these numbers hold TRUE meaning to me. Thank you so much for sharing… This has definitely given me more revelation!

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    1. Hello Lynn! I am very grateful for your comment. It’s wonderful to know that this article was helpful to you during your early morning study time. Your study habits are not unusual to me, I believe that if we apply ourselves appropriately, that we will achieve the desired results that we expect. You can never go wrong seeking God first and helping others like Jesus always did. Great strategy 🙂

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