Cross-section: 1 Timothy (Part 3) – Gimel

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

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.

Gimel – Third letter of the Hebrew Alef-bet. Symbolizes gifts, rewards, abundance, comfort, pride, shame, wheel, camel.

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

1:3 – As I besought thee to abide still at Ephesus, when I went into Macedonia, that thou mightest charge some that they teach no other doctrine,

The main gimel link in this verse is doctrine as a gift from God. See Proverbs 4:2 – “For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.” However, there are a few numeric connections that might be of interest between the place names. In the KJV, Ephesus is used 15 times and Macedonia is used 24 times – both a multiple of 3. The original Greek forms of the names, not conjugated, are not multiples of 3, but when they are conjugated in this particular verse, both of those forms are also multiples of 3 – 1520 for Ephesoi and 251 for Makedonian.

2:3 – For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour;

The context here is the instruction to pray for the leaders of one’s country – giving them the gift of our prayers is seen by God, who is pleased by it, considering it good.

3:3 – Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous;

One who is “given to” something tends to do it a lot, and here the implication is even to abuse, as other verses emphasize the importance of being sober. Also, being greedy is the opposite of being content with the abundance that God has given us. The mention of “covetous” here also reinforces the whole book’s connection to the Tenth Commandment not to covet. In this doubly-connected verse, the themes are inverted to their negatives – “not” each thing. As the first chapter illustrated the inverse of the commandments, this verse describes the inverse of how elders should behave.

4:3 – Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.

God has given us the gift of many foods that may be eaten with thanksgiving. This is somewhat of a controversial passage for some, so here I will only say that the verse well illustrates the theme of good gifts, and that nothing in this passage says anything about whether foods that are lawful to eat are necessarily beneficial to eat every day. (See also 1 Corinthians 6:12, 10:23) Also note that marriage is a great gift from God and, done correctly, a great comfort to those who have a spouse.

Gimel/gamma words: gameo (marry) – this gimel verse is the only one with a significant gimel word.

5:3 – Honour widows that are widows indeed.

Widows are those women who have fulfilled the requirement of marriage through the end of their husbands’ lives, and therefore are worthy of some honor for fulfilling their commitment. Widows are often members of society that most need to receive aid or charity from the church or individuals blessed with more, and charity is another aspect of the giving theme of gimel.

5:25 – Likewise also the good works of some are manifest beforehand; and they that are otherwise cannot be hid.

The phrase “good works” here links to the theme of the whole book, but there aren’t obvious connections to gimel here. The triple connection to five, with 25 being the square of five plus the verse being in the fifth chapter, overwhelms the secondary connection to three. The idea of works being manifest as good or not does connect to the fifth letter (hey).

6:3 – If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;

Like the first verse in this set (1:3), the main gimel link here is doctrine as a gift from God. Both verses are concerned with those who are teaching incorrect doctrine, which is normally a theme of the twelfth letter (lamed). One way to think about it is that giving the gift (3) of knowledge (4) is teaching (12). The total value of each verse is also a multiple of 727 (prime): the first is 727 x 10 and the second is 727 x 16. It’s also interesting that 727 = 22*33 + 1. That means that the corresponding letter value (as calculated by the remainder of dividing by 22) of any multiple of 727 will always be that multiple.

For chapters 1, 2, and 4, the values of their gimel verses are unique, not matching any other verses. For chapters 3, 5, and 6, the values of their gimel verses are not unique, but they match at most three other verses.

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