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A Word on Numbers

A Word on Numbers

Genesis 5:28-29, 31

When Lamech had lived 182 years, he fathered a son and called his name Noah, saying, “Out of the ground that the LORD has cursed, this one shall bring us relief from our work and from the painful toil of our hands. … Thus all the days of Lamech were 777 years, and he died.


I’m a dunce when it comes to cracking biblical number codes, but even I can’t miss the remarkable Messianic prophecy tucked inside this genealogical record. Remember, friend, that six and seven are juxtaposed against one another throughout the Scriptures, six representing man’s toil and unrest, and seven representing God’s Sabbath rest. And recall also from the final book of Revelation that 666 is the ultimate mark of man’s corruption—the mark of the beast—which means that we can think of 777 as the mark of God’s redemption—the mark of the Lamb. So reread Genesis 5 through that lens and notice that there are two prophecies here, one lesser and one greater, one temporary and one eternal. Effectively, God whispers the lesser through Lamech’s mouth, but He thunders the greater through Lamech’s death.


I expected to meet God through letters in my reading today, but wonder of wonders—He met me through numbers!