*A number puzzle with 30-60-100 *

*The golden ratio*

*Just simple arithmetic*

### Each of *Matthew*, *Mark*, and *Luke* in the *New Testament* hold different pieces of the sower’s puzzle in the three parallel accounts of the “Parable of the Sower.” It is a story of someone who sows seed by scattering it here and there. Here are the parts of the puzzle:

### (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

### (5) *Luke* 8:8 – 100

### What to do with all these numbers?

### I have pondered this puzzle, off and on, for a few years. After much experimentation, this is what I came up with.

### In the grid below, I have arranged the *Matthew* and *Mark* numbers, putting them around the center cell in the only way they will fit (other than the reverse). I haven’t used all the numbers individually, but each set, (1) through (5), can be found displayed in the arrangement as in a crossword puzzle. What to do with *Luke’s* lone 100? Put it right in the center.

**Arrangement of Numbers**

**In the Sower’s Puzzle**

## 30 |
## 60 |
## 100 |

## 60 |
## 100 |
## 60 |

## 100 |
## 60 |
## 30 |

**600**

### Adding up the columns, I get a total of 600.

### So what?

### Well, 600 is a special number. The Greek letter that represents the number 600 is Chi (Χ). That letter is also the first letter of the *NT* Greek word for Christ – Χριστός.

### So we add up the numbers and see CHRIST! Not a big thrill mathematically, but nice religious symbolism.

### Notice that the arrangement has symmetry because the individual rows yield subtotals identical to those of individual columns. I am tempted to add the rows and columns together to make a grand total of 600 + 600 = 1200. Twelve hundred might have been a very meaningful number to those in the first century who found meaning in 12 apostles, 12 tribes of Israel, and 12 x 12,000 believers saved in *Revelation*.

### Is it an error to read *Matthew*, *Mark*, and *Luke* together to combine elements to make a sower’s puzzle? I don’t have a problem theorizing that all five elements were written and inserted in the books by the same hand. We should consider the possibility that the books of the *Gospel *were written to be read together as a spiritual exercise and were in fact, read together; just as we read them together today.

### Have I found the best possible solution to the sower’s puzzle in this post? How can I be sure? If only the meanings of *Bible* puzzles had been transmitted through the centuries!

### But maybe there is no puzzle. Maybe *Mark* just decided willy-nilly to write a number sequence twice. Maybe *Matthew* just decided on a whim to reverse both. Maybe *Luke* just forgot to write some numbers. Maybe they didn’t know how to write concisely. Maybe they didn’t know how to copy.

### Or maybe they knew very well what they were doing!!!

### Well, I kept thinking there might be more. I kept having the urge to make this puzzle go three dimensional.

### I tried various approaches for making a three-dimensional design. Then I decided to make a cube.

### Visualize this cube:

### Each of six faces has the number arrangement in the grid above. Each cell in the cube is three-dimensional now. The cube has 27 three-dimensional cells. The cell at the very center of the cube is blank.

### The cube incorporates the same crossword puzzle theme as the grid above, that is, some numbers serve in multiple sets. Example: a corner cell which contains the number 30 is part of the six sets that converge at that corner. The arrangement on each face has to be aligned (reversed if necessary) so that each corner has six convergences of the same number to complete the corner cell.

### Cube surface showing alignment of its six faces.

### What number to put in the blank center of the cube?

*Luke* has an interesting clue, “*A crop, a hundred times more than was sown*.” Only *Luke* has “*more than*.” (*Luke* 8:8 (*TNIV*)) So for each seed sown, I get 100 more.

*more than*

### 1 seed + 100 seeds = 101 seeds

### I’m not going back to revise the first grid above since I like the way it worked out, and plain “100” is a valid choice there, but I will put “101” in the cube’s center cell.

### Thus, the middle cross-section of the cube looks like this with numbers that add up to 741:

**Middle Cross-Section**

**Of the Sower’s Puzzle Cube**

## 60 |
## 100 |
## 60 |

## 100 |
## 101 |
## 100 |

## 60 |
## 100 |
## 60 |

**741**

Incredible! Why does 101 deserve to be put in the center? What are the Greek letters that correspond to 101?

Good question re deserving. When I needed a number for the only remaining space, it was the only remaining number specified (other numbers are implied). It worked.

Have you considered the 30-60-90 degree triangle and what it might have to do with the Golden Mean?

I’m always looking for some wonderful surprise.

I like the Tibetan symbol. What does it symbolize?– Perhaps that time is endless and repeats itself??

Another question: Why don’t you use the sum of 30 + 60 + 100 = 190? You might find the Golden Mean using 190.

Keep on puzzling!

Time can repeat itself exactly just as you can sing a song again exactly??

Sower’s Parables continued at:

SOWER’S SEVENS AMONG THE LOAVES AND FISHES

show that one party authored or edited all four books of the Gospel

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/sowers-sevens-among-the-loaves-and-fishes-show-that-one-party-authored-or-edited-all-four-books-of-the-gospel/

HOW TO USE THE SOWER’S PARABLES NUMBERS

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/2015/02/09/how-to-use-the-sowers-parables-numbers/

SEVENS FROM SOWER’S PARABLES NUMBERS

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

REVELATION’S TRIBES YIELD SOWER’S SEVENS

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

SOWER’S SEVENS IN THE SAMARITAN PENTATEUCH

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/sowers-sevens-in-the-samaritan-pentateuch/

DECIPHERING THE LOST GOSPEL WITH SOWER’S 100-60-30

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

70 x 7 AND 666 IN PASCAL’S TRIANGLE

https://vinesandbrambles.wordpress.com/sevens-from-sowers-parables-numbers/70-x-7-and-666-in-pascals-triangle/

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