For the wonderful Easter Vigil in 2023, I had shared my reflection on the story of Noah's Ark and how Noah was required to bring on board seven pairs of each animal, a male and female, for procreation and protection. So it got me thinking on the number two (deux) as in a pair or a couple and I talked about these following Biblical verses:
Ecclesiastes 4:12 NLT
A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
Matthew 18:20 NLT
"For where two or three gather [in my name], I am there among them.”
Mark 6:7 NLT
And [Jesus] called his twelve disciples together and began sending them out two by two, giving them authority to cast out evil spirits.
In addition, to expand upon the procreation part—basically two produces three which is the perfect prime number. This is the progression found from the Old Testament into the New Testament where we are given the Holy Trinity.
1 John 5:7-8 NLT
So we have these three witnesses—the Spirit, the water, and the blood—and all THREE agree.
It is also fascinating that we have gone from the two angels that protect Lot and his family in Genesis Chapter 19 to the three angels that are envisioned in the book of Revelation which is something I have also personally experienced in 2020.
Revelation 14:6 NLT The Three Angels
And I saw ANOTHER angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people.
Therefore, I think that numbers can be salient in our lives and can be relational to God and, hence, relational to each other.
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