Have you ever wondered about the universal significance attached to the number 7?
If you think about it, this number is not “natural” in any physical way.
It would be more natural to use the number 10 (the number of a human being’s fingers).
Or the number 12 (the number of months in the year).
Yet, 7 is everywhere perceived as the number of completeness.
In some mysterious way, this number has left an indelible impression on the world and mankind.
Our planet has seven continents and seven seas.
The rainbow only has seven colors.
The entire musical scale consists of only 7 notes.
In popular culture, we have Snow White and the 7 Dwarves, The 7 Samurai, and James Bond 007.
However, there have been times when man has tried to do away with the 7-day week.
In 1793 the leaders of the French Revolution produced a calendar divided into 3 ten-day “decades.”
It never caught on, and Napoleon abandoned it in 1805.
In 1929 the Soviet Union tried a five-day week, with one day of rest.
- However, by 1940, the Russians were back on the familiar seven-day cycle!
In 1936 the League of Nations solicited proposals for world calendar reform.
They considered almost 200 different schemes, many of which rearranged the week.
They all never came to pass.
I once tried 6 days of rest with only day of work.
But that didn’t go over too well, especially with my parents.
It seems like the 7-pattern that God established at creation is here to stay.
CONNECTING THIS TEACHING TO THE NEW TESTAMENT
Then Peter came up and said to him, “Rabbi, how often can my brother sin against me and I have to forgive him? As many as seven times?” “No, not seven times,” answered Yeshua, “but seventy times seven! -Matthew 18:21-23
In Revelations, there are 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 Trumpets, 7 Personages, 7 vails, SEVEN dooms, 7 new things.
Yeshua (Jesus) fed the masses with 7 loaves and fishes.
7 devils were exorcised from Mary Magdalene