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Friday, November 11, 2011

11/11/11- Who's On First? Eleven and the Bible

But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness and all these other things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:33)

7 “Make curtains of goat hair for the tent over the tabernacle—eleven altogether. 8 All eleven curtains are to be the same size—thirty cubits long and four cubits wide. (Exodus 26:6,7)

The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King Zedekiah. (Jer. 52:5)
Later Jesus appeared to the Eleven as they were eating; he rebuked them for their lack of faith and their stubborn refusal to believe those who had seen him after he had risen. (Mark 16:14)

Thoughts: So is the number eleven lucky?  Seven and eleven are supposedly the lucky numbers.  While the Bible says a lot about seven as a number symbolizing completeness and God, eleven is not so prevalent.  In fact, you really have to stretch to find eleven as something magical.  Jerusalem fell under King Zedekiah in his eleventh year- but not on his eleventh day.  After Judas died, there were eleven disciples, but it became clear that they wanted to have twelve. 
     However, the number one is prominent.  There is one God, one faith, one baptism (Ephesians 4:5).  But Jesus said to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.  The question is who is on first in your heart? 

Prayer: May you always be first in my heart, and may my life center.

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