Cross-section: 1 Timothy (Part 2) – Bet

The systematic cross-section of 1 Timothy continues with Bet.

For a much more in-depth reference on numerical themes and how they correspond to the twenty-two Hebrew letters and are expressed on every level throughout Scripture (even in the books written in Greek), please see the original Bible Wheel book and site. Note that not every verse will thematically carry its numerical theme, but overall, the patterns are clear. If a verse doesn’t thematically carry it, and sometimes even if it does, it tends to have a secondary numerical characteristic that connects, which will also be noted.

Bet – Second letter of the Hebrew Alef-bet. Symbolizes a house, dwelling place, firstborn child, sons, building, blessing, inside, division, reflection, grammatically in or with

In 1 Timothy, there are seven bet verses: the second verse of each of the six chapters, plus one secondary verse in chapter 5.

1:2 – Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.

Though he never had biological children, Paul here considers Timothy like a son to him, largely due to the way he spent much time developing and teaching Timothy as a disciple and father. Paul is also giving Timothy a blessing of grace, mercy, and peace as he opens the letter. This verse is the second reference to both God the Father and the Messiah.

2:2 – For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

The concept here is that of building up one’s life and country in godliness and honesty through the prayers that were mentioned in the first verse of the chapter, which are emphasized here for the leaders of one’s country. Saying “kings” specifically here doesn’t mean that those that live under governmental systems other than monarchy shouldn’t pray for their leaders. Leaders that have subjects who pray for them are doubly blessed, both by the prayers themselves, and by the God-fearing citizens of their domain.

Bet/beta words: basileus (kings), bios (life) – This second chapter’s bet verse is the only one to have any words starting with beta.

3:2 – A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach;

Oddly enough, even though none of these words start with beta in Greek, there are three significant words that start with ‘b’ in English: bishop, blameless, behaviour. A bishop or elder who has a wife has the capability to build his own house and lineage in a way that an unmarried man does not. Also, one who is “given to hospitality” will work to present a house that is capable of hospitality to those who are in need of it. Hospitality is a great blessing to others.

4:2 – Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;

We can always say that lies and hypocrisy cause division, but this verse focuses more on its chapter’s theme (four/dalet) than its own numerical theme.

5:2 – The elder women as mothers; the younger as sisters, with all purity.

This verse follows from the one before in describing how one should treat other members of the congregation as part of the family of God, which can also be considered the house of God.

5:24 – Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some [men] they follow after.

There’s a dual structure to this verse: before vs. after, but as a secondary verse, its theme is not as strong. Still, the theme of judgment and division is present.

6:2 – And they that have believing masters, let them not despise [them], because they are brethren; but rather do [them] service, because they are faithful and beloved, partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

Again this verse doesn’t have any words that start with beta in the original, but there are four significant words that start with ‘b’ in English: believing, brethren, beloved, benefit. And as before, the brethren are the house of God. Servants can be a blessing to their masters by serving faithfully even when both are servants of God.

For chapters 2, 3, and 6, the values of their bet verses are unique, not matching any other verses. For chapters 1, 4, and 5, the values of their bet verses are not unique, but they match at most one other verse. For the first three chapters and the last chapter, the values are prime. Note that two is a unique number in that is is the only even prime. That gives it a measure of divisibility that no other prime has.

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