Welcome to this week’s blog. This week let's look at one of many ways our God is mathematical, and not by coincidence or by accident, but deliberate and intentional. God, in His awesome splendor, is not only wonderful and supreme, but there is no denying He is a God of mathematics.
Do you realize the Bible is made up of 39 books in the Old Testament, and 27 books in the New Testament, totaling 66 books in the Bible? Does anyone know what the middle verse of the Bible is? Or is this an only known fact with biblical scholars? Is this fact relevant to the average person or is this fact or truth only pertinent to biblical scholars or others who also study the Bible and its meaning? If the truth of the Bible was only pertinent to God's people, the Jews, there would be no purpose or value for the Gentiles to know this truth, which many scholars and believers believe was never God's intensions. God's Word is for all of mankind, both the Jews, and the Gentiles, the believers and non-believers, another words for all generations. Every intricate detail of God's ultimate plan, the Bible, was intentional and purposeful for all of mankind. In God's Bible, the numbers always add up.
From the beginning, God devised His supreme plan to capture the attention of mankind through the Bible. He is reminding us of His life instructions, commandments, psalms and proverbs for all to live by. The Bible, from the beginning, was written as man's playbook or roadmap for our lives. Today's blog example only focuses on the mathematical truth of the Bible, as God intended to draw man's attention to the center of the Bible, the central message God wanted to shout out to all of mankind. Even if man only reads one book, one chapter, one verse in the Bible. . . God's truth, where then did God intend to lead and guide us?
It is common knowledge that every book has a beginning, a middle, and an end. God's plan for the Bible was intentionally written so that man would draw their attention to the central verse or central theme of the Bible. Just like any book we read, there is also a central theme that over arches the book from beginning to end. Without any doubt, God mathematically plotted the Bible, the word of the Lord. So then, mathematically, what is the middle chapter of the Bible that has a total of 66 books, and 1,119 chapters? The middle chapter is Psalm 118. Now, let's find out what the middle verse of the Bible is. Amazingly, it's also in Psalm 118. Psalm 118, Verse 8 is the central verse of the Bible. God's overarching theme - trust in the Lord and not in humans.
It is better to take refuge in the LORD than to trust in humans. - Psalm 118.8 (NKJ)
There are 594 chapters before Psalm 118, and there are 594 chapters after Psalm118. So, when we add 594+594 this equals 1188. Ironic? Not at all. This mathematical formula is not by coincidence or by accident. God fully intended to put the most important verse of the Bible in the center or in the middle of the entire Bible. Everything God does is by intention, and never by accident or mistake. Let's take a deeper look at this central or middle chapter and verse of the Bible, Psalm 118:8. The number 1188, the number 18 comes before, and the number 18 comes after. Also, when you total the number 1188 (1+1+ 8 + 8) it equals 18. See God's mathematical pattern in this example? The Bible is full of God's mathematical examples for us to discover in amazement and reveal in awe.
What God is telling us in Psalm 118:8 is to get our eyes off of man, and set our eyes on the Lord. God is telling us in this exact central verse of the entire Bible, trust in the Lord, rather than putting our trust in man. God is telling us that man is just man, so put our trust and hope in the Lord. The central verse of the Bible is telling us to have hope and faith in the Lord, and not in man. Here are other scriptures in the Bible that also back up Psalm 118:8.
This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the LORD. - Jeremiah 17:5 (NKJ)
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them and they in God. - 1 John 4:15 (NKJ)
There are endless examples in the Bible where it is undeniable that God is a mathematical God. Psalm 118:8 is only one example. God has even shown us the meaning of the 1st verse of the Bible, the middle verse of the Bible, and the last verse of the Bible. What do you believe is God's overarching message from the beginning, the middle, and the end of the Bible? Love the Lord your God with all of our hearts, and our minds as the priority in our lives.
Beginning verse of the Bible: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. - Genesis 1:1 (NKJ)
Middle verse of the Bible: It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in humans.
- Psalm 118:8 (NKJ)
Last verse in the Bible: The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen.
- Revelation 22:21 (NKJ)
So in closing, let's recap the truth with a question. Shouldn't we focus on the important message in the middle of the Bible that God intentionally put there numerically, and not by accident?
It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. - Psalm 118:8 (NKJ)
Blessings until next week,
Debra Pauli Unstoppable Believer
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