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5 - Five - 5

By Andrew Harris 2 March 1999 ©

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Five is four plus one, we have seen that there are three persons in the Godhead, four represents their created work. The creation was made subject to corruption, mankind has sown to itself corruption, there is no life without death.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope

Romans 8:20

In this verse the word translated as creature is the Greek word ktivsi" ktis’-is, which means the creation, the thing created, or the act of founding or establishing. The Greek word translated as vanity is mataiovth" mat-ah-yot’-ace, which means what is devoid of truth and appropriateness, perverseness, depravity, frailty, want of vigour. Thus this verse could read, "For the creation was made subject to frailty..."

Five is the creation plus another. The only possible answer to the corruption and death that is an inevitable part of the creation is Gods power of redemption. There is no aspect of creation and especially of mankind that deserves or could earn redemption. God can only give redemption as a free unmerited gift. There is an old fashioned word for this undeserved favor, grace. Five is the number of grace.

53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Corinthians 15:53-54

Grace, or Gods unmerited favor is one of, if not the enduring theme of the Bible. Abram did not deserve the grace that was delivered to him any more than we deserved the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross. God sealed his unconditional promises to Abram by the covenant of circumcision and by changing his name to Abraham. In the Hebrew this involved adding one letter to Abrams name. The fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Sarai, Abram's wife also had her name changed to Sarah by the addition of the fifth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Thus God is clearly showing that His covenant with Abraham was through grace and by grace only.

The Fifth Verse of the Bible

And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.

Genesis 1:5

In the fifth verse of the Bible we have the completion of the first 'day' of creation. Not only the whole creation made in order that the sons of God might be declared.

19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22 We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.

Romans 8:19-22 (NIV)

Thus the first day of creation is in itself an act of grace toward us, since the whole purpose of the creation is the bring about the children of God. Further, we see the infinite grace and mercy of God in establishing the variation of day and night for us. If we had constant one or the other, we could not survive.

The Fifth Day of Creation

We see the creation of the animals and life in general. They are given the commandment to multiply. We have already seen how that the creation itself is an act of grace on our behalf. But in particular the giving of life is an act of grace. In a sense this is also the day in which God provisioned the earth for the people he was going to create.

The Fifth Toldoth Division

The fifth division relates to us the descendants of Noah's three sons. It mentions where they dwelled and in some cases a little of what they did. Then we are given the tale of the tower of Babel. Thus in this division we have those that received the grace of the Lord in surviving the flood multiplied and spread until they once again did wickedly in the sight of the Lord. The division starts with:

Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.

Genesis 10:1

Interestingly the total number of verses in this division is 41, a number that is often seen in connection with multitudes of people.

Where to go from here

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