The Number Three – Completion and Manifestation
As we arrive at the number three, we now begin to get dimension and depth, as in length, width, and breadth. This characteristic of the number three will help us with some insight into it’s base meaning of completeness and dimensionality with respect to manifestation and expression. Three gives us the full picture of what we need to gain insight into that which we cannot see. We will see that the number three is found in many of the aspects of the essence of the God of Israel. After all, He is indeed the God of Avraham, Yitz’chak, and Ya’akov. Why those three? Why is He not the God of Noach, Mosheh, and Dani’el? Or how about Avraham, Yitz’chak, Ya’akov, and Yoseph or Yehudah? These questions we hope to answer in this study of the number three.
Messiah taught that heavenly things are understood by our belief in the earthly things (Yochanan 3:12). We can begin to see what He means when we see the presence of three in creation. What we see in creation is designed to be easily grasped so that we might be able to glimpse into the unseen world. There are three dimensions to our visible world. Time is represented by past, present and future. There are three persons in grammar, as there are three degrees of quality. In school we learned about solid, liquid and gas, and about the animal, the vegetable, and the mineral kingdoms. The number three is used in a chance to complete something. “I am going to give you to the count of three to … ” Or, “Are you ready? One two, three, Go!” The building blocks of creation are found, according to the voluminous testimony of scripture, in combinations of three letter roots in Hebrew words. Vocals sound their best in three part harmony. Some of my favorite groups are Earth, Wind, and Fire, 3 Dog Night, and Crosby, Stills, and Nash. And how about the 3 Stooges! And why only three blind mice … or the Three Musketeers? All right, enough already.
Before we talk about the Hebrew word for three, let me stop and explain how Hebrew expresses numbers. In the numerous, available, extant Hebrew texts, we have numbers expressed in fully written words, such as echad for one, ‘ariba’ah ‘asar for fourteen, and ve’alepayim ve’areba’-me’ot for twenty four hundred. This is what we know from the available texts of the Tenakh. The expression in Hebrew of what we know as Arabic numerals or symbols such as 1, 2, 3, 28, 100, etc., is where much speculation comes in. Historically, the concept of gematria, or each individual Hebrew letter representing a numeral, is considered to be a relatively late phenomenon. Most experts in Biblical languages and numerology consider the idea to be taken from the influence of the Greek culture. It is clear that the Massorites used gematria in the period between 300 and 600 A.D. Little evidence can be seen any earlier than that. However, this does not take away from what is discovered when one applies this concept to the written text. The constant reoccurring presence of certain numerical combinations found in related Hebrew words is too astounding to ignore. Which drives most students of scripture to one inescapable conclusion. YHVH wrote the text and not man. This will become more obvious as we get into larger numbers. I will put enough into each teaching to get the point across, but the abundant presence of these relationships are too numerous for these teachings.
Now, on to the number three. In Hebrew, the cardinal number three is from the word shalosh. The word shalosh means to measure or to sum up. So, you see that even the word itself implies completeness or fullness. Here are a few examples of the number three used in it’s root.
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