The number "3" in scripture
Bro. Michael Jacob
Three lines are necessary to form a plane
figure. Three dimensions -l,b,h are necessary to form a solid. Three
therefore stands for that which is solid, real, complete&entire.
Gods attributes are three:
Omniscience, Omnipresent and Omnipotence. Three denotes divine perfection.
Three is the number associated with the
Godhead, for there are three persons in one God- Trinity. Three times the
seraphim cry Holy, Holy, Holy (Isa.6:3, Rev. 4:8) Num. 6:23,24
In Gen. 18:2, the same three persons appear
to Abraham. But verse 1 declares that it was "Jehovah appeared unto him". It is
remarkable that Abraham addresses them both as one and as three. We read first that
"they said" then "he said" and finally in Vs. 13,17 &20 etc "
And the LORD said"
The word "fullness" is remarkably
occurring only three times denoting God : Ephe. 3:19, Ephe. 4:13, Col. 2:9
That is why Abraham brought "three
measures of meal" for his heavenly guest. That is why "three measures of
meal" turned as a great meal offering. Num.15:9. It was also a special measure for
the cleansing of the leper Lev. 14:10.
But there is more in these "three
measures of meal" . We have them in the parable Math. 13:33. The three measures of
meal in the parable points to Godhead & the purity of His Gospel. And the hidden
"leaven" points us to mans corruption of the truth.
The third book in the Bible is Leviticus.
The first occurrence Gen. 1:13
"The third day" was the day on
which the earth was caused to rise up out of the water, symbolical of resurrection. On the
third day Jesus rose from the dead. It was the third day on which the man Jesus was
"perfected" (Luke 13:32). It was as the third hour He was crucified. It
was for three hours that darkness surrounded the Divine Redeemer. (6th hour to 9th
"The spirit, the water & the
blood" are divinely perfect witness to the grace of God on earth (I John 5:7).
The three years of His seeking fruit
testifies Israels failure. (Luke 13:7).
His threefold "It is written"
shows the WORD OF GOD is the perfection of all Ministry. (Math.4)
The three times Father testified of His
Son(Math. 3:17, Math. 17:5; John 12:28)
He raised three persons from the dead
The inscription on the cross is three
languages, show the completeness of His rejection by Man.
The perfection of His offices-Prophet,
Priest and King.
The Divine Completeness of the
Shepherds Care (John 6:39)
The Good shepherd in death (John
The Great shepherd in resurrection(Heb.
The Chief shepherd in glory (I peter 4:5)
His three appearings - Heb. 9:26,28
The three things which testified the
goodness of the land-Grapes, figs & Pomegranates. Num. 13:23
There were three children of Anak, marking
the completeness of the giant power of the enemy. Their names were Ahiman, Sheshai, and
Talmai Num. 13:22.
The river Jordan was three times divided,
the perfection of the Divine miracle (Josh. 4; II kings 2:8,14)
The temple is marked by three
as the tabernacle is by five. The Holy of Holies in each was a cube; In the
Tabernacle a cube of ten cubits; in the temple a cube of twenty cubits. Each consisted of three
parts - The outer court, The Holy place and The Holy of Holies. The temple had three
chambers round about. The Brazen sea of Laver held three thousand baths; and
was composed of by a line of thirty cubits on which were 300 knops (I Kings 7:24). It was
supported by twelve oxen (3x4); three looking north, three looking west; three looking
south and the three looking east. The order is same in both accounts of Kings and
Chronicles. See I Kings 7:25; Ii Chro. 4:4,5, Why? This was the order the Gospel was to be
afterwards preached throughout the world. The Gospel was first preached in the north
(Samaria, Damascus, Antioch)
then in the west (Caesarea, Joppa, Cyprus,
Corinth, Rome) then in the south (Alexandria, Egypt); then in the east(Mesapotomia,
Babylon, Persia, India).
The great sheet containing all the animals
was let down three times to Peter as to the admission of the Gentiles into church (Acts
Completeness of People
Shem, Ham, Japheth
Abraham, Isaac, Jacob
Gershom, Kohath and Merari
Saul, David and Solomon
Noah, Daniel and Job
Shardrach, Meshac and Abednego
Peter, James and John
Three gifts of Grace - Faith, Hope and Love
Words that occur three times
ah-dar- Glorius - Exod 15:6,11; Isa 42:21
Aph-see beside me Isa. 47:8,10; Zep. 2:15
at-teek ancient Daniel 7:9,13,22
abba-Father Mark 14:36, Rom 8:15, Gal. 4:6
euodia Sweet savor II Cor. 11:15, Ephe. 5:2,
Phrases that occur three times
Before the foundation of the world : John
17:24, Eph. 1:4, I peter 1:20 (act of the Deity)
From the foundation of the world - Seven
times (Spiritual perfection)
Walk Worthy - three times (Ephe. 4:1, Col
1:10, I Thes. 2:12)
Threefold combination of a Number
666 - antichrist
888 - Jesus
999 - Judgment- the numerical value of the
phrases "my wrath is 999