This is a new discovery about the Bible!
Are results with the Sower’s parables numbers (30, 60, 100 or 100, 60, 30) a coincidence, a lucky charm, a secret code by conspirators, or a special gift?
The Sower’s parables numbers, placed on the lips of Jesus in the Gospel, act like a mathematical key to unlock hidden sevens in many parts of the Bible, both New Testament and Hebrew Bible.
The Sower’s sevens do not appear unless you do the multiplications with the Sower’s parables numbers (30-60-100 or 100-60-30), which act as a key to unlock the sevens. The same pattern of emerging “seventy times seven” factors is in at least eight different number sets in the Bible.
This indicates that some of these texts may be non-literal or at least somewhat finessed. For example, Revelation’s names of the tribes (taken as the numerical equivalents of their Greek letters) seem to be a mathematical construction, built to fit a biblical “70 x 7” (Matthew 18:22 (footnote NRSV-1-)). The list of tribal names seems to have been altered slightly relative to Genesis so that it can share a numerical pattern common to many other parts of the Bible.
When I bring up this subject of the hidden sevens derived from the Sower’s parables numbers, some people mistakenly assume I am talking about the symbolism of numbers or some such numerological nonsense. No, I am not talking about symbolism, but actual math formulas. If you don’t do the math, you don’t see the sevens!
Now with this eighth instance of Sower’s parables numbers (30, 60, 100) yielding factors of “70 x 7” (my post and its continuation), I have to ask myself if it could be just a coincidence. Yes, of course it could be just a coincidence!
But what are the odds against finding a biblical “seventy times seven” over and over and over again? (Matthew 18:22 (footnote NRSV-1-)) By applying Sower’s numbers, I’ve found a factor of “seventy times seven” in eight number sets in the Bible. The odds against finding it once are, very conservatively, 1 in (7 x 7). The odds against finding it eight times are (1 in 49),8 or 1 in 33,232,930,569,601, or approximately 1 in 33 trillion. Other parts of the Bible yield sevens-cubed and such.
Odds against a random occurrence of so many instances of seven-factors are overwhelming.
It could still be just a coincidence. After all, people have been known to win the lottery against all odds.
But could it be that the biblical authors deliberately constructed texts to produce sevens?? Meaning – the reason that the sevens come out in calculations is because the sevens were secretly hidden in the texts by the authors?
Why would someone hide sevens? And apparently, many authors over many hundreds of years did this. Because they believed that seven was somehow lucky or even holy?? Perhaps. Certainly there are enough sevens printed in the Bible, not hidden, to let us know seven was favored.
Or perhaps a hidden numerical code had some utility – perhaps it could have served as a secret numerical signature to verify the origin of a text?? Such a security precaution could have helped ancient Jewish insiders to maintain group cohesiveness, to effectively propagandize those to be dominated (other tribes) or reformed (Pagan-Gentiles), to detect forgeries by outsiders, or (as a friend adds) to detect alterations of the texts.
Well, that’s a great conspiracy theory about a secret numerical signature; really just coming out of my overactive imagination. The Sower’s numbers, when applied using basically the same method (but not always exactly the same), give similar sorts of seven-results, but the number puzzles are not similar enough to have much utility as a secret conspiracy code.
Rather than a conspiracy, the use of Sower’s numbers may have been a teaching tool, something the elders wanted to give to their children and their disciple followers to promote mental agility and awareness. Of course, I can’t know for sure what the ancient writers intended. But certainly, gaining awareness is critical to one’s development and the foundation for much that is important; for example, being able to empathize with others and show compassion.
Many would assert that the purpose of the Bible is to comfort us, make us moral, or inspire us to acts of social justice. Just as important, if not more so, is deepening awareness, because without sufficient awareness we cannot be comforted, moral, or advocates for justice.
Maybe the biblical authors were not trying to encourage people to cling to idols (whether of clay or textual), but rather to experience a spiritual journey based on faith, not certainty. The only certain thing is the impermanence of all things, even cherished perceptions. I suspect that most people practicing a religion do so because they get some comfort from it and that’s fine. But perhaps it is also important to live not just at the surface of our lives, superficially, but rather to experience freedom and to have a depth of experience and awareness. The Sower’s numbers definitely add another dimension to the reader’s experience of the Bible. Once you realize that some of the story-telling may be based on math, you have an entirely different perception of it all. Maybe the goal of the biblical authors is to allow you the freedom to change your perception??
As Jesus reportedly said, “You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:32)
Spiritual freedom would have to be a great gift.
Were the biblical authors trying to design “never-to-be-changed-dogma” or instead, were they trying to provide a spiritual experience for their readers? Were the authors trying to lead people into idolatry – worship of particular ideas, particular texts? Or lead them into spiritual freedom?
Perhaps the numerical underpinnings or mathematical “bare bones” are supposed to demonstrate that the texts are a construction. This is a safety device. The disciple being mentored was gently led, when mature or sophisticated enough, to view the texts as a construction; thereby learning not to idolize them; thereby learning that he/she was supposed to construct his/her own interior spiritual spaces. Being kept safe from idolatry would have to be a great gift.
Of course I do not know for sure the intent of the biblical authors.
But perhaps the biblical authors wisely constructed their texts around a framework of repeating and reproducible numerical formulas so that anyone who is “perceiving” (Acts 28:26-27) can recognize this and be safe from falling into idolatry. Today, we can certainly be immune to the claims of those saying they know the absolute truth “infallibly.”
Because the method of solving a number puzzle using Sower’s numbers varies slightly from one biblical number set to another, it seems like the biblical authors were playing a game of “one-upmanship,” trying to outdo previous writers and trying to impress the people they were writing for. There is a slight shift in the method for solving what would otherwise be an identical puzzle, perhaps designed to elicit applause?? Were prizes given for the most-clever puzzle?
But I admit I don’t fully understand why a people would want to put seven-producing puzzles into writings about the doings of Yahweh and the Savior. I don’t understand why I was not taught as a child that the Sower’s parables numbers produce “seventy times seven” in many parts of the Bible. Certainly I am not the first person to notice this?!!! Or am I?? !!! Interesting that I never heard a sermon informing me that certain parts of the Bible are based on math formulas.
I also have to question the popular idea that the books of the Gospel were written independently. Three of the seven-solutions are gained by combining various books of the Gospel. I do believe that I am the first person to discover sevens derived from the Sower’s parables numbers, and that this is something new, because I do not recall anyone else stating that for some books of the Gospel, the number patterns — when the books are COMBINED — indicate the books had the same author or group of authors, or the same editor or group of editors at some point in their development.
It’s been interesting playing with the numbers, but have I done it right? Maybe no one today remembers how to work the puzzles, and no one knows for sure?? If anyone out there knows of a tradition, please let me know! One possibility is that what I have discovered is merely an artifact (either side-effect or just the “tip of the iceberg”) of some more meaningful mathematical reality, something powerfully awesome and forgotten centuries ago.
Sower’s sevens sprouting up would seem to have some significance, but I can still agree it could all be just a coincidence. Maybe there are no number puzzles in the Bible. Maybe it only seems like there are.
Sower’s sevens math calculations are at:
The eighth example of Sower’s “70 x 7” is at the end of this next post: