- the number of words in it must be divisible by 7 with no remainder
- the number of letters must also be divisible by 7
- the number of vowels must be divisible by 7
- the number of consonants must be divisible by 7
- the number of words that begin with a vowel must be divisible by 7, as well as the number of words that begin with a consonant
- the number of words that occur in more than one form must be divisible by 7
- the number of words that occur in only one form must be divisible by 7
- the number of nouns must be divisible by 7
- only 7 words cannot be nouns
- the number of names in the genealogy must be divisible by 7
- only 7 other kinds of nouns can be used
- the number of male names must be divisible by 7
- the number of generations must be divisible by 7
This strange design feature is not limited to the genealogy in Matthew. The number seven permeates the entire scripture from Genesis to Revelation and is widely believed to be a symbol of divine perfection. But that ain't all folks.
There are numerous other patterns as well. Dr. Ivan Panin (1855-1942) discovered thousands of mathematical patterns throughout the scriptures that scientifically demonstrate their divine origins. And though Dr. Panin (and many others) have examined other Hebrew and Greek manuscripts, these mathematical patterns are found no where else!
The important thing to realize is this: If even one single letter is changed (in the original languages of Hebrew or Greek), the mathmatical pattern is destroyed. No wonder Jesus said that the smallest letter and grammatical mark of the Scriptures was persevered by God's Hand. "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled (Matthew 5:18). A tittle in Hebrew is the smallest stroke or mark distinguishing one letter from a similar one.
Why would God bother to go to all this trouble?
Because He's a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). The evidence of God's existense is there for anyone willing to look. Deut. 4:29 promises that "...if you search for Him with all your heart and soul, you will find Him." After all, His Fingerprints are smeared all over the place, especially His Word.
Our Daily Bread: Because God is great, He will be sought; because God is good, He will be found.
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