Cross-section: 1 Timothy (Part 7) – Zayin

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

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.

Zayin – Seventh letter of the Hebrew Alef-bet. Symbolizes a weapon, judgment, perfection, completion, rest, remember, consider.

In 1 Timothy, there are six zayin verses: the seventh verse of each chapter. 1 Timothy’s numerical themes emphasize 6 and 10, which means some other numbers like 7 aren’t as strong. The chapter themes really color the way zayin is expressed in this book.

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Passages: The Heart of Truth

Let’s take a closer look at the bolded words in 1 Tim 2:7: Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, (I speak the truth in Christ, [and] lie not;) a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity.

There’s an oddity of the translation here because the Greek word behind both “truth” and “verity” is the same: aletheia. But the English appears to be making a distinction between truth itself and the quality of being true, or between absolute and relative truth. What is the difference in the original that might have prompted the difference in the translation, and what could it mean? After all, according to Strong’s dictionary, the original Greek aletheia carries both meanings of objective and subjective truth. With a direct comparison between the two by proximity, we can learn something about the difference through this verse.

The Greek inflects the first instance as a direct object of the verb, and inflects the second instance only with an iota subscript as the object of the preposition. But the inflections change the value of the word in the text. The original uninflected word has a value of 64 = 2 to the power of 6.  The direct object inflection adds a nu (corresponding to nun, with a value of 50) for a total of 114 = 6 x 19. The prepositional object inflection adds the iota subscript (corresponding to yod, with a value of 10) for a total of 74 = 2 x 37.

The values 19 and 37 are linked geometrically through the shape of the six-pointed star with a hexagonal core having a side of 3. There’s a graphic of this shape with a description of the relationship on the Bible Wheel page for the value of 19. It also shows that the numbers are connected through the Hebrew word for “heart”: lev, which has 37 for the regular letter value sum and 19 as the ordinal letter value sum.

Note also that 37 is the diagonal projection of a cube of size 4, which represents 64. A perpendicular projection would produce a square of size 4, but a diagonal projection of a cube is what’s left when the next smaller cube is removed, leaving the outer shell – in other words, when the heart of the cube is removed. So 37 = 64 – 27.

The number 114 is also associated with the concept of being gracious and with the name Gamaliel, who was Paul’s teacher in the law as a Pharisee. Oddly enough, it can be arranged in the shape of six hexagrams of 19 points each in a ring around an empty six-pointed star that corresponds exactly to the shape of one representing 37.

The number 74 is also associated with the Hebrew verb for “to learn” (lamad). Because 37 can be arranged as both a six-pointed star and as a hexagram (the first non-trivial number capable of this), 74, as twice 37, represents this relative mutability. Both numbers are associated with words for knowledge, as well.

So what is the heart of truth? There are various aspects of truth, from the completely banal truth of what you ate for breakfast today, to historical truth of who was the first leader of a country, to current verifiable truth of who is the current leader of a country, to personal truth of how one feels about something, to important truth of how to interact with people peacefully, to spiritual and absolute truths of who and what God is. In an absolute sense, the heart of truth is how much of God’s word it contains. As John 17:17 says, “thy [God’s] word is truth.” In a personal or relative sense, the heart of truth is how much of ourselves it contains, how honest and open we are being with our own heart.

So the truth that Paul mentions in “the truth in Christ” has the numerical implications of the absolute truths of the grace and law of God, which can really only be revealed by God. On the other hand, the truth behind the phrase “in faith and verity” has the numerical implications of the relative truth and honesty of one’s own heart. Paul could speak of both of these aspects of truth, because he taught the absolute truths of God to the Gentiles who would listen, and he gave his whole self and heart to the calling of God as a preacher, apostle, and teacher, not holding anything back.

Cross-section: 1 Timothy (Part 6) – Vav

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

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.

Vav – Sixth letter of the Hebrew Alef-bet. Symbolizes connection, nail or hook, man (created on the sixth day), grammatical prefix for “and” or “but”. Aside from this common prefix, there are no key words that begin with the letter vav.

In 1 Timothy, there are six vav verses: the sixth verse of each chapter. Vav and the number six are profoundly imprinted on the book of 1 Timothy with its many connections and lists of six items. Six is the second most important number for 1 Timothy, after its book number of ten.

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The Purpose of the Wheel

Now that we have an overview of the Wheel in relation to itself, after we’ve begun a detailed examination relation to one particular Book of Scripture, we have enough of a basis to consider why the structure of the Wheel exists at all. Why should there be such greatly detailed structure and consistent themes at many levels from book to chapter to verse to words? There are many reasons, but they may lead to a surprising conclusion.

1. The God who inspired the truth of Scripture to be written in human languages is a God of order and structure.

The structure of Scripture mirrors the organized structure of the mind of God. This is simply the nature of God, to do all things to the highest perfection and detail. By studying scripture, we learn about God, not just by what scripture says, but by what scripture is, because it was made by God, and it represents God to our limited understanding. John tells us right up front: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.” The One who became the Messiah is associated with the Word and with God’s revealed truth.

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Metaphor: The Wheel of Scripture

In some sense, circles are the most perfect geometric form. They are infinitely symmetric, and they mysteriously take up area based on a transcendental number (pi) that can’t be calculated exactly. There are so many things that are naturally circular that they lend themselves well to metaphor and comparison.

Oddly enough, the word “circle” appears only a single time in Scripture:

Isaiah 40:22: [It is] he that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof [are] as grasshoppers; that stretcheth out the heavens as a curtain, and spreadeth them out as a tent to dwell in:

There are two more verses that use the same Hebrew word (chuwg) but translate it a bit differently.

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Cross-section: 1 Timothy (Part 5) – Hey

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

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.

Hey – Fifth letter of the Hebrew Alef-bet. Symbolizes breath or spirit, behold, existence, causation, definite article.

In 1 Timothy, there are six hey verses: the fifth verse of each chapter.

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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.

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