Sun, 5 June 2016
May 15, 2016 Pentecost Sunday
What’s Your Number?
Synopsis: So “what’s in a number?” Sometimes, as far as you and I are concerned, there may not be much at all. For example: In the largest Powerball Lottery ever the winning number broke open a jackpot of over $1,586,000,000. I don’t know that it meant much to me. I guess it all depends on the number and how it defines us. Obviously, some numbers tell how wealthy we are while others
tell how healthy we are or not.
We use numbers to identify significant times in our lives: date of our birth, marriage, rebirth, work anniversaries, etc. We use them to define our years of life and thus figure into our qualifications for things like: driver’s license, adulthood, draft card registration, eligibility to purchase cigarettes and alcoholic beverages, end of being insured under our parent’s health insurance policy, our eligibility for Medicare, Social Security and retirement. Numbers are used as an indicator of how much we have as well as how much we need.
Some have suggested that the smallest number may not actually be a number at all unless it is found in connection to a number in that case it multiplies all other numbers. NO I am not referring to the number one. I am referring to zero. Add a zero to a zero and you still have zero, but add a zero to any other number and all of a sudden that number is multiplied by ten, two zeroes increases the number by a hundred and so on.
There are a lot of numbers in the Bible. NO I am not referring to chapters and verses, though helpful in finding and referencing the location of text, they are not part of any of the original manuscript. I am referring to numbers like 1, 3, 7, 12 and multiples of them like 144 even 144,000 and of course 40. We are celebrating an odd number today. It is 7 x 7 + 1 = 50. Today we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. The day the Holy Spirit came in power upon all those who believe. Do you have the power of the presence of God in you?
The number two does not appear on most people’s list of favorite Bible numbers, but it should. It is the number of commandments that Jesus said should top our list (Mark 12:29-31, NLT). Nothing in this world should be more important than these two things and yet most of us have a problem with them because they point out the importance of the number one. It means that none of can elevate ourselves to the place of number one and still have any hope of making it into the number of those who no man can number. That may be the important indicator of our lives.
What’s Your Number? Are you one of those that no one can number?
Text (ESV): Romans 8:14-17; Psalm 104:34-36; Mark 12:29-31, NLT; Ephesians 4:4-6, NLT; John 14:15-17; Revelation 7:
Responsive Reading: # 691