Chesvan and the Number 13
Today, October 19, 2021 is the 13th day of the Biblical Month of Chesvan. Many of you know God speaks to me through numbers. Now the study of Numerology can be evil like in the movie Demons and Angels. What I am talking about is Hebrew Gematria, the study of the Hebrew language and how God uses numbers to speak in His word. A letter in the Hebrew Alphabet is pictorial, it paints a picture or story, numerical, each letter in Hebrew represents a number, and types and shadow, each Hebrew word or phrase represent mysteries or secret meaning.
Thus, having given you a brief understanding of Hebrew Gematria, what is God speaking through the number 13. Each number represented in scripture has a redeemed and an unredeemed side to it.
The Unredeemed side of the number 13 is a “Rebel.” Thirteen is the number most closely associated with apostasy. Some one who had truth but lost it. Genesis 13:13 says, “But the men of Sodom were wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly.” The word “rebel” is found 13 times in the Bible. Nimrod, a name that means “rebel,” was the founder of Babylon and all the world religions, is the 13th descendant from Adam. Next there are 13 rebellious things that proceeds out of man’s heart listed in Mark 7:20-24. Chapter 13 in John’s Gospel is where at the last supper Judas betrays Jesus.
But there is a Redeemed side to the Number 13 too. Rebellion is only bad if it’s against God. Yeshua, King Jesus was born of a woman named, Mary and her name means “rebel.” His title, “Son of God” for which he was crucified, is listed 13 times and we’ve never seen a better example of one who goes against the grain. Sometimes rebellion is a good thing and sometimes rebellion is a God thing.
Acts 5:29 says, “Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, ‘We ought to obey God rather than men.”
Martin Luther King, Jr. and was used for 13 years to obey God and change a racist society in America. He assumed leadership at the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott in 1955 and was murdered 13 years later. He received hundreds of death threats during that time. Even his home in Montgomery was bombed with his wife and young children there at the home. Early in his leadership King tells of a defining moment of his life following the bus boycott. He received a death threat via a threatening telephone call one midnight that alarmed him.
Shaken, King went to the kitchen to pray.
“I could hear an inner voice saying to me., ‘Martin Luther, stand up for righteousness. Stand up for justice. Stand up for truth. And I will be with you even unto the ends of the earth.”
In 1 Corinthians 13 there are 13 characteristics that should flow in and through us:
• Love suffers long and is kind
• Love does not envy
• Love does not parade itself
• Love is not puffed up
• Love does not behave rudely
• Love does not seek its own
• Love is not provoked
• Love thinks no evil
• Love does not rejoice in iniquity
• Love bears all things
• Love believes all things
• Love hopes all things
• Love endures all things
As we walk out this 13th day of Chesvan may the LORD give us grace and discernment to hate what God hates and love what God loves. And to walk in Love at all times. Shalom and Blessings.