There are many different characteristics that pertain to God. The greatest is love. God is Love (1 John 4:8, 16). I believe that the second greatest characteristic is that God is faithful. The Word explains that if God were to ever be unfaithful, He would deny Himself (2 Timothy 2:13). Amen.
After all that I have experience with the Lord, this I know:
He is Who He Is. The Great I AM. He exists within Himself, Yahweh.
He is God the Creator, Elohim. He is God the Almighty, El-Shaddai. He is the Lord, Adonai!
Yahweh-Sabaoth, the Lord of Hosts. Yahweh-Elyon, the Most High.
The LORD gives victory, Yahweh-Nissi. The LORD sanctifies, Yahweh-M'Kaddesh. The LORD heals, Yahweh-Rapha. The LORD provides, Yahweh-Jireh.
The Lord is our Peace, Yahweh-Shalom. He is peace. It resides within Him. Therefore, if He resides within us, He is our peace (Psalm 46:6.). Amen.
The Lord is our Righteousness, Yahweh-Tsidkenu. It because we have Him in us that we are righteous, and when the Holy Spirit inspires our acts of righteousness it is not an appearance of holiness but true holiness (1 Timothy 6:5; 2 Timothy 3:5). Amen.
The name of Jesus, Yeshua!!! Yaweh saves! He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes… (John 3:16). And before His name, every knee shall bow down and every tongue shall confess that He is Lord for the glory of the Father (Philippians 2:20).
Melech, the King. Avinu, the Father of those who have become His children through Jesus Christ (John 1:12). Abba, Daddy!
Hashem, does not need an introduction! Elah, God is awesome!
El-Roi, God sees all. El-Olam, God is everlasting. El-Gibhor, God is Mighty.
God is Omniscient (all knowing), Omnipresent (in all places) and Omnipotent (all powerful).
My favorite characteristic of God though is that He is Sovereign. In Joshua 5:13-15, Joshua encounters the Commander of Heaven's Armies. Now, if we read Psalm 24, we can understand that this is God Himself personified.
Joshua asks this man who appears before him to state who he stands with, the army of Israel or those of their enemies. He states that He stands with neither.
Wait a minute what? Was Israel not God's chosen people at that time? Then, why did the Lord not express that He stands with the army of Israel?
A crucial concept to understand when it comes to God is that He stands alone, and He stands for Himself. Therefore, He is sovereign.
Yet, if one stands with the Lord and for the Lord, He stands with them and for them.
This may be a bit confusing, so I will explain it in a very simply form. There is a blue crayon that stands glued to a table. It cannot move nor be moved. It stands alone and it stands for itself. Now, if one were to place a red crayon next to the blue crayon, it is not that the blue crayon went to stand with the red crayon but that the red crayon went to stand next to the blue crayon. Yet, since the red crayon now stands with the blue crayon, the blue crayon stands with the red crayon.
The Lord is sovereign. Yet, if we stand by the Lord, He will stand by us. Amen.
The last characteristic of God that I will share is that God is the God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33).
The ways of the Lord are ordered and the ways of the Lord are perfect: Deuteronomy 32:4l 2 Samuel 22:31; Psalm 18:30; Matthew 5:48. Psalm 18:30
Every single thing that God does is well ordered, and that is why when we look at nature, we find laws. Laws of physics. Laws of chemistry. Laws of biology. Laws of human nature.
When there is a law or order to a phenomenon, there are patterns, and with patterns sometimes come numbers. Therefore, I will now move on to discuss some of the most important numbers that manifest in the Bible.
The first number is of course the #1. One in the Bible represents unity.
The first manifestation of this number is found in Genesis 1:26, in which God, the Father, the Creator, states to God, the Son, Jesus, and God, the Holy Spirit, "Let Us make man in Our image." For every single other creation, the Lord just said, "Let there be." Yet, when He got to mankind, He stopped and said, "Let Us."
The second manifestation of the #1 is found in Genesis 2:24, in which the Lord said that a husband shall unite with his wife (for their hearts to be one through intimacy of words) and become one flesh with her (for their bodies to one through sexual intimacy).
The third manifestation of the #1 that I see in the Bible is when mankind started to build the Tower of Babel after the flood during the time of Noah (Genesis 11:1-9). The people spoke one language, and therefore, were able to understand one another and work effectively as one.
The last manifestation of the #1 that I will share is found in John 10:30, in which Jesus states: "I and My Father are One." Yes, They are, and the only way to reach the Father is through Jesus Christ (John 14:6). The only way to get to heaven is through Jesus Christ. And heaven is heaven because God reigns from there, elevated above all else.
Time for the #2. The #2 in the Bible represents honor.
Many times, in the Old Testament, the Lord would choose to honor the second son over the first son. We see this in Genesis 4 when God honors the sacrifice of Abel, the second born son of Adam and Eve, over the sacrifice of Cain, the first-born son of Adam and Eve.
We this in Genesis 21 when the Lord orders Abraham to send away Ishmael, his first-born son, to protect Isaac, the second born son.
We see this in Genesis 25, when the Lord stated that Jacob, the second born son, would be stronger than and would rule over Esau, the first-born son.
We see this in Genesis 48, when Jacob placed his right hand over Ephraim, Joseph's second born son, to declare that he would be greater than Manasseh, Joseph's first-born son.
We see the manifestation of the #2 in restoration. When the Lord restored Job's blessings, He gave Job a double portion (Job 42:12-17). Also, in Isaiah 61:7, the Lord states that when He restores, instead of shame, there will be double portions.
We also see this manifestation of the #2 in the ruling of kings when in 1 Samuel 16, the Lord ordered Samuel to anoint David, the second king of Israel to replace Saul, the first king of Israel. Then, the Lord forever secured David's lineage over the throne of Judah, from which Jesus descended (2 Samuel 7:11-16).
We see the manifestation of the #2 in anointing of prophets. In 2 Kings 2:9, Elisha asked Elijah to have a double portion of his anointing. He received this desired of his heart. So, then, while Elijah performed seven miracles, Elisha performed 14, including that in which his bones resurrected a dead man (2 Kings 13:21).
We see the manifestation of the #2 in salvation. 1 Corinthians 15:45-49 speaks of Jesus as being the second Adam. While the first Adam brought mankind into sin. The second Adam brings mankind out of sin and into salvation.
We see the manifestation of the #2 for church leaders. 1 Timothy also speaks that church leaders who work well in the Lord, especially those who preach and teach, are worthy of double honor before the Lord (1 Timothy 5:17).
The #3. The #3 is one of the most well-known numbers of the Bible. The #3 represents divinity: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. When the #3 manifests in the Bible, it is often God's way of saying, "I am in this."
My favorite manifestation of the #3 is found in Matthew 3:13-17. In this passage, John the Baptist baptizes Jesus. Then, Jesus comes up from the water, the Holy Spirit falls down upon Him and the Father speaks and says, "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased."
You can find other examples in this article from Bible.org: https://bible.org/seriespage/3-use-three-bible
The #4 does not appear in the Bible as significantly as the other numbers that I am to mention. We first see the #4 in Genesis 2 in that there were four rivers that ran through the Garden of Eden: Pishon, Gihon, Tigris and Euphrates.
The #4 is a significant number in nature in general. There are four coordinal points: North, East, South and West. There are four seasons: Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer. There are four chemical states: Solid, liquid, gas and plasma.
We find the #4 in Ezekiel 37, which speaks of the Holy Spirit as the Spirit of Four Winds, and it is He who is able to breathe life into us.
We also see the #4 in the story of Lazarus in that Lazarus was in the tomb for four days. In that story, the Word of the Lord explains that Jesus allowed Lazarus to die so that the glory of God could manifest through (John 11:1-46).
Therefore, considering the rivers that flowed from Eden, the significance of four in nature, the resurrection of the dead in the valley of Ezekiel 37 and the resurrection of Lazarus, if I could give the #4 a meaning, I would say that the #4 represents life.
Next, the #5. The #5 represents grace.
The Tabernacle, which was the first temple of God contained five curtains, five bars, five pillars and five sockets. The alter was also five cubits long and five cubits wide. The height of the tabernacle was five cubits (Exodus 26-27).
Also, here were five offerings that ancient Israel could offer God. There was the Burnt Offering, the Trespass Offering, the Sin Offering, the Grain Offering and the Peace Offering (Leviticus 1-7).
Lastly, the holy anointing oil contained five ingredients: olive oil, myrrh, cinnamon, calamus and cassia (Exodus 30:23-25).
Now, one may be wondering as to how these items represent grace. Well, they actually represent coming into the presence of God which is only by grace for we are absolutely not worthy to ever be in His presence.
When one entered the Tabernacle, it symbolized entering into the presence of God. The offerings were a way to stand before the alter of God whether to repent or to worship. When a prophet of the Lord would anoint an individual with the oil, it symbolized a pouring of the Spirit of the Lord upon the individual. Again, all by grace for we are absolutely unworthy of the presence of the Lord.
In the New Testament, we see the #5 in that Jesus multiplied five loaves of bread and two fish to feed a crowd of 5,000 without counting women and children (Mark 6:3-52).
I believe that this represents how Jesus came to multiply grace and to cause it to super abound over sin by His sacrifice on the cross (Romans 5:20).
It also represents how the disciples of Jesus Christ are to take that which they have received from the Lord to multiply and to share with multitudes. For, in the end, there were 12 baskets to represent the 12 disciples or apostles as pillars of the first century Christian church (Matthew 28:19-20).
The #6. God worked for six days and created mankind on the sixth day. Therefore, the #6 represents man and labor.
The Lord rested on the seventh day. The seventh day is also the last day of the week. Therefore, the #7 represents rest and end.
The #8 represents to start all over again or abundance.
Ecclesiastes 11:2 speaks: "Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth."
So, this verse is speaking of how one could give to seven and rest from there. But it would be even better if one would start all over again and give to even more.
Also, Leviticus 12:3 states that boys are to be circumcised on the 8th day. The practice of circumcision as a religious practice started off with Abraham, and it symbolized the tearing away of the sinful flesh, sinful human desires (Genesis 17:9-14; Romans 6:6; Ephesians 4:22-24; Colossians 3:9-10).
Therefore, we now have circumcision of the heart (Romans 5:25-29; Romans 4:11).
The dying to the old flesh and self to live in Christ is the definition of being born again (John 3:3-7; 2 Corinthians 5:17; 1 Peter 1:23). To start all over.
The #9 represents completion.
Yes, finally. This is actually one of the most important numbers in the Bible. For Jesus died in the ninth hour, which is 3 o'clock in today's language.
Many extremely important things happened during that ninth hour. First, Jesus cried out to God, "My God, my God, why have Your forsaken me?" (Mark 15:34). He said that He was thirsty and tasted of the vinegar. Then, He said that it is finished and took His last breath.
First, no, the Father never abandoned the Son, Jesus Christ. Yet, Jesus felt the abandonment of the Father because He had taken on all of the sins of mankind upon Him. And our sins created a barrier between the Father and the Son (Isaiah 5:2).
Second, Jesus was not thirst for water nor vinegar. He was thirsty to have us as His, and He knew that the only way to do so was by dying.
Third, that is why He tasted of the vinegar, which represented Him drinking from the bitter cup, the cup of death (Luke 22:39-46).
It was after then that He spoke that it is finished. The death of Jesus Christ completed the work of salvation, the work of bringing souls back to God.
Furthermore, this is the only time that we see the manifestation of the #9 as completion as far as I know. I believe that it is because we can find our completion only in Christ who gave it through His death on the cross. Because of His body that was torn and His blood that shed for all, through Jesus we may come to access to God and have a true and deep relationship with Him.
I pray that you truly receive His gift and allow Him to complete you (Mark 15:34; Hebrews; John 14:6). Amen.
The third to last, the #10. The #10 represents law.
The first manifestation of this number is when Yahweh gave Moses the ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17).
The second to last, the #12. Twelve represents governance. In the Old Testament, Jacob had twelves sons: Rueben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Issachar, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin.
Then, the Lord established the Twelve Tribes of Israel: Rueben, Simeon, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Issachar, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Manasseh (son of Joseph), Ephraim (son of Joseph), Benjamin. And the Levites were spread across the territories as priests (Joshua 13:14).
In the New Testament, Jesus chose twelve disciples: Peter, James, John, Andrew, Bartholomew, James (the younger), Judas, Jude, Matthew, Philip, Simon the Zealot and Thomas.
Then, the Lord brought forth the twelve apostles: Peter, James, John, Andrew, Bartholomew, James (the younger), Jude, Matthew, Philip, Simon the Zealot, Thomas and Matthias (replacing Judas) (Acts 1:15-26).
Some argue that the Apostle Paul was the one who truly replaced Judas. I personally believe that Matthias replaced Judas as a disciple while Paul replaced Judas as an apostle.
Last but not least, the #40. Forty represents waiting, training and preparing for what is to come. Jesus spent forty days in the dessert before He started His work in ministry (Mark 1:13; Luke 4:2). There were forty days between the resurrection of Jesus and His ascension (Acts 1:3).
The flood of Noah lasted for forty days (Genesis 7:4).
Moses spent forty years in the desert before Yahweh called him to bring the Israelites out of Egypt (Acts 7:30). Moses spent forty days on Mt. Sinai when he went to receive the 10 commandments (Exodus 34:28).
The Israelites spent 40 days scouting Canaan, but then they had to spend 40 years in the desert because of their lack of faith and rebellious ways (Numbers 13-14).
Much love and blessings,
Emery in Christ
But He answered and said, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.
Jésus répondit: Il est écrit: L'homme ne vivra pas de pain seulement, mais de toute parole qui sort de la bouche de Dieu