It is a well known fact that the Jewish Torah and the Christian Bible are both filled with obvious and some not so obvious references to the power behind the number three. As we prepare for the holiest week in the Christian calendar, I thought it would be interesting to share some of these examples found during the historic week leading up to the Passion, Death, and Resurrection of our Christian Lord.
Feel free to share comments of your favorites, as well as any that I might have overlooked.
- The first one is one of those not so obvious ones. Jesus was the final ruler of the Jewish line of Abraham. His birth marked the end of three fourteen generation eras (42 generations – 3 X 14 = 42, 4+2 = 6, the base of which is 3) starting with Adam and ending with the Father of Faith, Abraham, the second ending with King David, The Patriarch of the Messiah, and the third beginning with the Jews being exiled into Babylon known as the Great Scattering ending with the Messiah, Jesus.
- Each of the three (3) eras lasted one thousand years.
- Historically, together with Shavuot (“Pentecost”) and Sukkot (“Tabernacles”), Passover is one of the three (3) pilgrimage festivals (Shalosh Regalim) during which the entire population of the kingdom of Judah made a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem.
- The week before Jesus’ crucifixion he entered into Jerusalem on the Sunday before the Jewish Feast of Passover. His first visit to the holy city as an adult was at the age of twelve (12, 1+2 = 3, the base is 3). This was when he stayed behind without the knowledge of his mother and father. This crucial return to the city took place exactly twenty one years later (21. 2+1 = 3, the base is 3).
- At the age of thirty (30 – 3+0 = 3 the base number), He started his public ministry.
- Jesus publicly preached for three years (3)
- Jesus was thirty three years of age on his last visit to the Temple. (33 – the total is 6, the base number is 3) During the twenty one years of his adult life, it is believed, that as a faithful Jew, he returned each year for this holy feast day.
- He celebrated the ritual of what is now known as the Last Supper with his disciples. The bread used for the meal was blessed, broken, and shared (3 acts).
- The bread was unleavened, meaning it was made of only three ingredients; flour, salt, and water. (3 ingredients)
- Three factions had a say in Jesus trial; the Roman government, the Jewish Leadership, and the crowds of Jewish citizens.
- Judas was paid thirty (30, 3+0 = 3) pieces of silver
- Peter denied Jesus three times (3).
- Jesus suffered three bodily inflictions while still alive during his Passion; he was bruised, scraped and beaten, he was crowned with thorns and he was nailed to the cross. (3)
- During the carrying of the cross, he fell three times (3).
- At the crucifixion he was nailed in three points on his body. (3)
- There were three (3) people crucified that day.
- Pilate wrote an inscription to be placed above Jesus on the cross using three (3) languages; Hebrew, Latin, and Greek.
- He died at three o’clock (3), the Jewish ninth hour of the day (9 – the base number is 3)
- He rose from the dead on the third day! (3)
- By His Life, Death, and Resurrection (3) from the dead, Jesus, bestowed upon each of us the inheritance of Eternal Life.
If this is my last post, I want all to know there was only one purpose for all that I have written; to have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Anthony “Tony” Boquet, Vice President, Education & Development at The American College of Financial Services and the author of “The Bloodline of Wisdom, The Awakening of a Modern Solutionary”. To learn more about the Power of the Wisdom of Three, A signed copy of this book can be purchased through this website, www.modernsolutionary.com