Cross-section: 1 Timothy (Part 4) – Dalet

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

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.

Dalet – Fourth letter of the Hebrew Alef-bet. Symbolizes a door, knowledge, way, square, the four corners of the earth, poor, silence, rest, blood, death

In 1 Timothy, there are six dalet verses: the fourth verse of each chapter. There are no other secondary verses for any letter past gimel.

1:4 – Neither give heed to fables and endless genealogies, which minister questions, rather than godly edifying which is in faith: so do.

This verse warns against false and divisive ideas that cause controversy rather than helping others to receive true knowledge that builds up rather than tearing down.

2:4 – Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.

This one clearly follows the theme by explicitly mentioning “the knowledge of the truth”. The context of “who” is God the Father. There’s another layer here with the mention of “all men”. The theme of four encompasses the totality of something – the four corners of the earth, for instance – so this verse being a dalet verse emphasizes the idea that God truly wants all men of all nations and peoples to understand the truth and to receive salvation from the death sentence that is the default fate of sinful man. The value of the verse also contains a factor of eight (which includes four).

3:4 – One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity;

Those who are or would be church elders must have obedient children. There are connections between the idea of subjection and silence that appear later in chapter two as well, so that’s a faint dalet theme. However, I’m not saying that this verse supports the classic idea that “children should be seen and not heard.” There are appropriate times for silence, and children should be taught obedience and self-control such that they can be quiet when it’s needed, but there are plenty of times when children don’t have to be quiet, too. The value of this verse contains a factor of four.

4:4 – For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving:

Again the all-encompassing nature of dalet appears here, in this verse that is the intersection of the dalet verse in the dalet chapter. Every creature is good, it says. But let’s not lose sight of the context of verse 3, which is the food (not necessarily meat in particular) that God has created to be received for the benefit of man. So verse 4 just emphasizes that any creature that God has already designated as food is acceptable to be received while being mindful of its source. There’s no benefit (aside from specific times of fasting) from denying oneself wholesome food that God has created for our nourishment. The value of the verse also contains a factor of nine (a square number).

5:4 – But if any widow have children or nephews, let them learn first to shew piety at home and to requite their parents: for that is good and acceptable before God.

Children must learn to obey their parents – this is godly knowledge that shows honor to God. This verse echoes the one from chapter three with obedient children. The value of this verse contains a factor of four.

6:4 – He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,

The type of person that refuses to listen to true doctrine (from the previous verse) knows nothing. This is a clear expression of dalet. Also, “evil surmisings” at the end echoes the theme with the idea of these people thinking in evil, twisted ways about things they don’t understand. The value of the verse contains a factor of 25 (a square number).

For chapters 3 and 6, the values of their dalet verses are unique, not matching any other verses. For chapters 1, 2, 4, and 5, the values of their dalet verses are not unique. The value for verse 4:4 actually matches seven verses total, while each of the others only matches two. All of the verse values except for the one for chapter 1 contain one square factor, and none of the values are prime; three of the six contain a factor of four itself. On average only one or two verse values out of six random ones would contain a factor of four.

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