SEEING THEY DO NOT PERCEIVE

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Amazing that so many people cannot see what is right in front of their nose.

 

Many people are simply not attentive, not mindful, not even very alert, maybe doing drugs or alcohol, just not receptive, just not paying attention, etc.  Just too, too busy.  Just too, too preoccupied.  Not open to new ideas.  They do not perceive.  So there is often no point to trying to tell them anything, except in parables.

 

A parable does not say much directly.  But because it is in the form of a story, it lingers longer in the mind, and maybe with reflection, the person can gain some insight.  A story is easier to understand than mere concepts.

 

The reason I speak to them in parables is that ‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’  With them indeed is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah that says: ‘You will indeed listen, but never understand, and you will indeed look, but never perceive.’”  Matthew 13:13-14

 

You may have noticed that this same idea about a lack of perception is repeated in each of the four books of the Gospel and also in Acts:  Matthew 13:13-14, Mark 4:12, Luke 8:10, John 12:40, and Acts 28:26-27.

 

So maybe being perceptive was important to whoever wrote those books?

 

A step in the right direction is to start being aware of your own awareness.

 

It helps if you turn off the TV (stop filling your mind with garbage) and stop clicking on your apps once in a while.

 

Some people will “never” perceive.  Yeah, with some people it is “never” or at least not anytime soon.

 

Luke 12:41

Peter said, ‘Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for everyone?’”

 

Peter wants to know, but oddly enough Jesus does not give him an answer.  (Was it edited out?)  Perhaps Jesus did not reply because he thought that Peter was likely missing the point of the teaching by not listening closely??  Instead Peter was worried whether the teaching was a secret just for him.  His mind was focused on himself (is it always about you?), not on Jesus’ teaching.

 

What is it that people are thinking anyway?  A routine is always running in the background.  Much of it negative.  Much of it worry.  Much of it me, me, me.

 

Jesus spoke openly to everyone.  But not everyone was tuned in.

 

I think there are puzzles in the Bible, and this blog is dedicated to finding and solving them.  While the puzzles generally are not too obvious, I do believe that the authors wanted us to find and solve the puzzles and did not make them overly difficult to solve.  So the puzzles are “secrets” that are meant to be shared.  Why have puzzles?  Because the alertness and awareness that is gained by solving puzzles is important for one’s spiritual development.

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SEVENTY TIMES SEVEN

 

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What is so special about “70 x 7,” the factor that emerges in many parts of the Bible through calculation with the Sower’s numbers (30-60-100 or 100-60-30)?

I like the answer I’ve come up with in my post on Pαscαl’s Triangle (side-bar).

But here is another clue I’ve found: When 70 x 7 or 490 (or even 49) is the divisor, the decimal fraction that results has some number sequences that seem magical. Each number is twice the previous number!!! For example: 06 12 24 48.

Could the ancients have been fixated on such things??

The decimal results obtained by dividing certain numbers by 81 (the number set for Ezekiel temple measurements) is also interesting. The result is eight consecutive numbers in sequence that repeat. For example: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 or 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2.

But how could the ancients know of it without a 34-place Windows calculator?

Ten examples follow:

DIVIDING BY 490

Example one: 1 / 490 =

0.00204081632653061224489795918367

Sequence is 02 04 08 16 32 or 20 40; then 3 06 12 24 48 or 22 44; then 9 18 36

Each number is twice the previous number!!!

This only seems to work with whole numbers (integers)

Example two: 55/490 =

0.11224489795918367346938775510204

Sequence is 12 24 48 or 11 22 44; then 9 18 36; then 1 02 04 or 5 10 20

Each twice previous

Example three: 99/490 =

0.20204081632653061224489795918367

Sequence is 02 04 08 16 32 or 20 40; then 3 06 12 24 48 or 22 44; then 9 18 36

Each twice previous

Example four: 1260 / 490 =

2.5714285714285714285714285714286

Sequence is 7 14 28 (repeats)

Each twice previous

A number divisible by 7 will have that pattern or similar when divided by 490

Example five: 27 / 490 =

0.05510204081632653061224489795918

Sequence is 5 10 20 40 or 1 02 04 08 16 32; then 3 06 12 24 48; then 9 18

Each twice previous

SUMS OF DECIMALS

Example six:

Sum of (100 / 490) + (30 / 490) + (60 / 490) =

0.38775510204081632653061224489796

Sequence is 5 10 20 40 or 1 02 04 08 16 32; then 06 12 24 48 or 22 44 or 4 8

This ability to sum the decimals and still get the same sort of “doubling” holds for at least one other example. Likewise for subtracting one decimal result from another (based on examples not shown).

DIVIDING BY 81

Example seven: 10/ 81 =

0.12345679012345679012345679012346

Notice the sequence of eight consecutive numbers: 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7; then repeats

Each number is one more than the previous number

Example eight: Likewise for numbers in intervals of 10 + 9n, divided by 81; for example, 10 + 9 = 19; then

19 / 81 =

0.23456790123456790123456790123457

Notice the sequence 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7; then repeats

Example nine: a reverse sequence of eight consecutive numbers

8 / 81 =

0.09876543209876543209876543209877

Notice the sequence 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2; then repeats

Each number is one less than the previous number

Example ten: Likewise for numbers in increments of 8 + 9n, divided by 81; for example, 8 + 9 = 17;

17 / 81 =

0.20987654320987654320987654320988

Notice the sequence 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2; then repeats

Each one less than previous

 

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TREAT ‘EM LIKE A TAX COLLECTOR

 

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Some people show their insecurities by trying to excommunicate other people.

They think Jesus would approve, and they quote Matthew 18:17 to justify excommunicating members of the Church:

If the offender refuses to listen even to the church, let such a one be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector.”

But how did Jesus treat tax collectors? He dined with them! (Mk 2:15-16). So that is how you should treat those you would despise. You should dine with them.

As a teacher, Jesus could expect his disciples to follow his example. He told his disciples — you shall treat A as you treat B, knowing that he had already demonstrated how to treat these others — with kindness!! By all means, invite them to dine with you in Eucharistic joy!!

Would Jesus have asked his disciples to do anything less than he did? Jesus expected his disciples to dine with tax collectors, not former reformed tax collectors, but the real thing. Jesus expected his disciples to copy his behavior. Yes, treat all those you disagree with like tax collectors, that is, dine with them in Eucharistic joy!!!

Also, do you recall that Jesus dined, not just with tax collectors, but also with Pharisees with whom he disagreed (Lk 7:36). Jesus did not shun those he disagreed with. Instead he dined with them.

(Isn’t this sort of like the saying, “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”!!!)

Jesus says treat disagreeable people as you would a tax collector (Mt 18:17). But Jesus is talking to his disciples. In all things, the disciples are supposed to follow the Way of their Teacher. As teacher, Jesus expected them to follow his example of forgiveness and inclusiveness.

Have any of the fanatics trying to excommunicate people noticed that the passage that they mistakenly believe has Jesus excommunicating people (Mt 18:17) is part of a section on forgiveness?

Notice that section of Matthew 18 starts out with “if another member of the church sins against you,” and concludes with “forgive 70 x 7 times.” So this is instruction on forgiveness.

It is followed by the story of mercy where the servant fails to forgive. The point is clear – Jesus’ disciples were servants of their Master — those who did not show mercy and forgiveness were not worthy.

It is preceded by the passage where the Good Shepherd leaves the 99 righteous sheep and goes out searching for the 1 lost sheep. Jesus didn’t say stick with the 99 and excommunicate that lost one.

If you take Matthew’s chapter 18 as a whole, you see much of it has to do with mercy and forgiveness. And disciples are supposed to follow their Master in all things, even to dining with tax collectors, even to dining with Pharisees with whom they disagree! (Mk 2:15-16; Lk 7:36).

In fact, what does Jesus say about those who are so filled with self-righteousness that they would exclude others such as tax collectors? Jesus says in Matthew 21:31, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are going into the kingdom of God ahead of you.” That does not sound like a prescription for excommunication.

Jesus never excommunicated anyone.

The fanatical self-righteous will claim that Jesus is welcoming into the kingdom those tax collectors who have repented, that is, FORMER tax collectors.

The Gospel tells us that the apostle Matthew was a tax collector.  But I never heard that he was a “former and repentant” tax collector.  Jesus did not say the former tax collectors and former harlots will go before you into the Kingdom.

It does seem however, that only believing tax collectors and harlots go into the kingdom of heaven (not necessarily repentant though, Mt 21:32). Believe in what? Being loving and inclusive?

Jesus could hardly have been dining with only former, repentant tax collectors, as that would not have been noteworthy.  Also, it does not seem to me that a former tax collector is still a tax collector. If the tax collectors and harlots had repented, they would have been no longer in those jobs presumably, and thus could not be said to be entering the kingdom except as FORMER tax collectors and FORMER harlots.

The “harlots” were likely priestesses in the local Pagan religion, and harlot is a pejorative term used by biblical authors. Probably neither the priestesses nor the tax collectors thought there was anything wrong with their occupations. Nice that Jesus tends to shy away from condemning those sorts of jobs which were thought to be sinful by others, but not necessarily by those who held the jobs.

Jesus had mercy for the priestesses targeted by religious bigotry, mercy even for the tax collectors who were collaborators of the Roman invaders.

Let’s also take note of Luke 18:9-14, where Jesus makes it clear that the prayer of the humble tax collector is more worthy than the prayer of the self-righteous Pharisee.

We don’t know if Jesus instituted the Eucharist in a ceremony at the Last Supper OR if he instituted it at every dinner he shared with motley people, even priestesses and tax collectors, even those with whom he disagreed, even with sinful people, in every blessing of loaves and fishes, and in every moment of his life when he was in full communion with his Abba and with all the members of the Christ.

Every dinner with a tax collector was a Eucharistic event.

Are we excused from following Jesus and dining with tax collectors or anyone we disapprove of? Maybe Jesus had “special abilities,” and maybe he was like a superman who could dine even with enemies, even with those who would deny him like Peter, and those who would betray him like Judas. But Jesus said his followers would “do greater things” (Jn 14:12). I think he expected his disciples to follow his example and do even greater things.

That is, treat all disagreeable people as you would a tax collector – dine with them, and more.

Jesus wasn’t kidding when he said to love your neighbor as yourself – the second great commandment (Mark 12:31).

If you excommunicate someone, you probably aren’t treating that person like a tax collector, or loving him/her like yourself.

Who is my neighbor?

The tax collector.

The priestess.

If you excommunicate someone, who are you excluding from communion with them?

Yourself.

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NRSV and footnotes used throughout this post

 

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TALPIOT’S REAL SIGNIFICANCE

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Finding out Jesus might have been real after all

The discovery (or rather the re-discovery) of the Talpiot tombs by James Tabor and Simcha Jacobovici is the most monumental archeological finding in 2,000 years of Christianity.

Why is finding the alleged bones of Jesus of Nazareth so important? Because it refutes the theology of a physical resurrection? Yes, it does refute it, but I don’t think the New Testament speaks clearly as to whether Jesus had a physical resurrection or some other type of resurrection, so there is nothing to refute, except a mix of traditions that have no basis in anything except a selective reading of scripture.

In my own case, if I happen to resurrect, I sure hope it will not be with a recycling of these old bones. The Almighty could save Itself a great deal of trouble trying to rectify my decrepit body, by just starting over from scratch and giving me a brand new body. I would be willing to suggest some specifications.

But a physical body does not exist absent a biosphere or other life-support system. So don’t give me a new body unless it has a biosphere to go with it, please. However, a brand new body gloriously free from the laws of physics, one that could subsist on starlight and the sparkling morning dew, might be quite a nice experience and very welcome.

The Talpiot tomb is important to me because it tells me that the historical Jesus really did exist, as least beyond a reasonable doubt. The ossuaries in the tomb had a cluster of names that is unique and telling in terms of probability. I thought the idea that the Talpiot tomb belonged to the Jesus family was very compelling even without the “James-brother-of-Jesus” ossuary. Now the James ossuary is even more conclusively linked to the tomb by this most recent chemical analysis of soil clinging to it by geologist Aryeh Shimron.

Of course the historical Jesus is not entirely the same as the mystical Jesus who was promoted by Paul the Apostle in his zeal to spread monotheism to those looking for a compromise between monotheistic Judaism with its many hundreds of inconvenient rules, and the bloody Pagan tradition of the Lady and her sacrificed Lord. Pauline Christianity was the hybrid they bought into.

The New Testament is not very convincing as to the historical actuality of Jesus of Nazareth, so the Talpiot tomb is critical to our understanding. Nice to know Jesus of Nazareth was a real person – in all probability.

As far as I know, the Vatican has had nothing to say about Talpiot (give them time and they may come up with a response after a few centuries). Certainly they should be grateful that there is now a strong indication that Jesus of Nazareth actually existed historically. Or maybe that would be quite an assumption on my part that the cult of the Curia and its princely cardinals in white lace and flowing red silk have anything to do with Jesus.

There is nothing to support the assertions about Jesus in the New Testament other than the historical fact that some people were martyred defending their personal beliefs about Christianity, but what evidence if any did the martyrs have, and could they have misunderstood or even been delusional??

Now with the findings from Talpiot, for the first time there is strong scientific evidence showing the probability that Jesus actually existed. That’s why the tomb is significant!

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HOW TO USE THE SOWER’S PARABLES NUMBERS

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Just simple arithmetic: add, multiply, and divide

You can use the Sower’s Parables numbers (30 60 100 and 100 60 30) to reveal a hidden factor of “seventy times seven” embedded in the sacred text.

HOW TO USE THE SOWER’S PARABLES NUMBERS

The method common to various sacred texts is this:

(1) Divide a discrete number set into three equal parts, and sum the values in each part;

(2) Multiply the first sum by 100, the second sum by 60, the third sum by 30;

(3) Sum the multiplication products;

(4) Divide by 70 (does it divide evenly?), if yes, repeat with the reverse 30-60-100. Divide both sums of products by 70 and by 7. Does either sum divide evenly? If yes, you have reached your goal of a biblical “70 x 7.”

If that doesn’t work, improvise.  If the biblical authors intended to make puzzles, then each solution might be expected to vary slightly from another, otherwise it would be too easy.

For example: Test if the values should be worked in the order given in the text or in ascending order. Put the values into rows and columns and test if you should add rows or columns. Test if you should sum the sums of products. Test if you should use the numerical value of Greek letters (use the first letter only or the whole word?) Is there a puzzle within the puzzle? Does the puzzle span one book or two or is it just a small list?

I did come across a puzzle in the Syriac version of Aseneth in which the number set did not divide into three equal parts, but was rather composed of values within three dates. Some puzzles are as small as three single values.

What can we learn from doing such mathematical manipulations? For one thing, we can get an idea as to which of competing manuscripts is the least corrupted. The one with an intact Sower’s sevens puzzle is likely the original or the least corrupted.

When the number sets of puzzles span all four books of the Gospel, and against all odds, produce a biblical “70 x 7,” then I have to conclude that the four books were under the control of one party, a single author or editor, at some time in the Gospel’s early development. An example of a number set spanning all four books is in the six combined stories of the Loaves and Fishes.

Alternatively, I could conclude that God came down from heaven and dictated the numbers in the loaves and fishes stories to each of four men writing books of the Gospel independently and now, nearly two thousand years later, I have assembled these “independent” values and they fit together miraculously.

I could conclude that any result of a factor of 70 x 7 is just a fluke against all odds, a fluke that happens over and over and over again (14 times and counting). So far I have published 14 examples of hidden 70 x 7’s that are revealed by Sower’s Parables numbers. See side bar for “Sower’s Sevens,” “Sevens,” and “100-60-30,” for these 14 examples.

Where to find 70 x 7 and 30-60-100 in the Bible:

Seven is a favored number in the Bible. The biblical “70 x 7” is found printed in Matthew 18:22 (footnote NRSV) and also in Genesis 4:24.  By the way, I believe that means seventy times sevenfold (DRA), not 77 times.

The Sower’s Parables numbers can be found at: (1) Matthew 13:8 (100, 60, 30); (2) Matthew 13:23 (100, 60, 30); (3) Mark 4:8 (30, 60, 100); (4) Mark 4:20 (30, 60, 100); and (5) Luke 8:8 (100).

Update June 12, 2016

A SIMPLE AND EASY EXAMPLE SOLUTION

Here is a Sower’s Sevens number puzzle found in Acts 28:4-30:

This is a number set of 9 numbers.  Arrange the numbers into 3 subsets of 3 numbers each, in the order in which they appear in the text.  Sum the numbers in each subset.

1, 3, 3

Sum = 7

3, 1, 7

Sum = 11

3, 1, 2

Sum = 6

Sum of sums = 24 (that is, 2 x 12, with 12 being a special number in the Bible).

Multiply by the Sower’s parable numbers 30 – 60 – 100

30 x 7 = 210

60 x 11 = 660

100 x 6 = 600

Sum of products = 1,470, factors of 3 x 70 x 7

Thus a biblical “70 x 7” is achieved.

Did you notice that the sum of products is 1,470, that is, 14 (2 x 7) hundred and 70, both 7 and 70 being special numbers in the Bible.

What evident care the biblical author took to achieve this special effect!

 

February 9, 2015

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SOWER’S SEVENS SPONSORED BY

The presence of Sower’s sevens argues for a common sponsor for all the ancient texts that have such common number patterns.

 

Now that a year has sped by since I discovered the Sower’s sevens, can I still call it a new discovery? I don’t see why not. Until it catches on, it is still news to most people.

 

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The Sower’s sevens indicate that:

 

(1) The Bible is even less literal than you might think,

 

(2) the apostles names and appellations are a numerical construction and the apostles were not necessarily twelve, and

 

(3) the four books of the Gospel were originated or were edited by one party at some point in history, as certain number patterns occur across books and show up when the books are COMBINED (for loaves and fishes, apostles names and appellations, and genealogies of Jesus).

 

And lastly and most importantly, the presence of Sower’s sevens argues for a common sponsor for all the ancient texts that have such common number patterns.

 

There are hidden numerical patterns in the Hebrew Bible, in the New Testament, and in Of Aseneth (The Lost Gospel) which are all similar, that is, factors of 70 x 7 are revealed by application of Sower’s Parables numbers (100-60-30) to number sets in the texts. If we focus on the differences among these texts, we won’t readily recognize that all are similar in that their purpose was, at least in part, to rewrite Pagan myths or serve as a rallying point against them, and for monotheism. If the purpose of the texts and their numerical patterns are all similar, then where does that lead, but to an organization, a single organization, that sponsored them all. If not a group within the Jewish Sanhedrin, then some Jewish group not far from that. That is what the number patterns indicate.

 

Another possibility is that the math was perceived to be so “special,” among the ancients, that people from diverse backgrounds adopted it and incorporated it into their sacred scriptures. I write that a bit sarcastically, because how can the math be so “special” when all I get from my readers is a gigantic collective yawn? Granted I probably don’t know all there is to know about the Sower’s sevens, and so I don’t know why the ancients would consider them special. Possibly there is some relation to Pascal’s Triangle as I have explained here.

 

Unless the Sower’s sevens are unforgettable as well as special, the presence of the Sower’s sevens argues for a much shorter time frame for the development (or editing) of the ancient texts with such number patterns. Instead of a thousand years or more, maybe we are talking a few generations at most. After all, for how long can you sustain interest in Sower’s sevens and keep on putting them in documents? Not for long I bet. Especially considering, there has been so little attention to it here at my blog in the past year.

 

He who has ears, let him hear.” Everybody else just keep on waiting for the sound bite.

 

The schools and the standards of learning have turned people into math-haters, people who flee from any kind of math, even something that might be fascinating to them.

 

To those who are so unappreciative as to say that numerology is “unscientific,” all I can say is that with the Sower’s sevens, I am not doing numerology; but rather, I am investigating specific number patterns in discrete number sets, using very conservative assumptions, and calculating the mathematical odds of gaining certain results. Anyone can look at the numbers and do the same thing, so the results are reproducible, and as scientific as anything can be with texts that are so ancient. The dictionary says numerology is study of the occult significance of numbers. What I am doing is studying an ancient mathematical system, not occult hocus pocus like reading tea leaves or predicting the future with a crystal ball.

 

The numbers tell us that the Bible is, at least in many passages, a numerical construction, and maybe not quite what we thought it was.

 

How likely is it that ten passages would just happen to have factors of 70 x 7? The odds are against it, by better than a quadrillion to one.   Seems like the biblical authors deliberately put the numbers in there for us to find, as if it might mean something important to them. Actually, it does not bother me much to think that I may be the only one to know this or care.

 

But I get a chuckle thinking about preachers standing up on a Sunday and reading from the Bible, and being entirely clueless that some passages they are reading are mathematical formulations.

 

Well, maybe they’ll figure it out someday.

 

Posted January 9, 2015

Sower’s sevens math calculations are at:

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/

The eighth and ninth examples of Sower’s “70 x 7” are at the end of this next post:

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/revelations-tribes-yield-sowers-sevens/

The tenth example of Sower’s “70 x 7” is at:

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/deciphering-the-lost-gospel-with-sowers-100-60-30/

 

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COINCIDENCE, CONSPIRACY, OR SACRED CHARISM?

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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:

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/

The eighth example of Sower’s “70 x 7” is at the end of this next post:

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/revelations-tribes-yield-sowers-sevens/

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