Does God Know Math?

Yes, He does! And that’s great, because I love math too, and I love God. It’s a perfect triangle šŸ˜‰

There are two instances that I want to discuss here, and then give some thoughts about these.

Instance 1: Genesis 1:1
As you may know, Hebrew letters have numerical values. If you examine the numerical values of each of the Hebrew letters, and the numerical value of the words, and apply them to this formula: (The number of letters * the product of the letters) / (The number of words * the product of the words), then the result is 3.1416 x 10-17. The mathematical value of pi to four decimal places! Coincidence? Maybe. The ancient Hebrew sages believed, of course, that God created the heavens and the earth. However, some of them believed that the Word of God was the very template with which He did it. This strikes some of us as simply a colorful exaggeration that goes beyond any direct evidence. But there are hints here and there…

Instance 2: John 1:1
Also Greek letters have numerical values. And so let’s examine the numerical values of each of the Greek letters as well, and the numerical value of the words, and apply the same formula as above. The result is 2.7183 x 10-65. The mathematical value of e to four decimal places! Curious to say the least.

Each of these is another of those puzzling ostensible “coincidences” that are too astonishing to dismiss, and yet present challenges in suggesting any real significance. And taken together, they do evoke some conjectures. There are, however, at least two problems: why just four decimal places (they both deviate from the fifth place onwards) and what do you do with all the “extra zeroes”? It could be a hint of something deeper maybe.

OK, enough math… What does this all signify? Simple. It signifies the beauty of God! Let’s see what the mathematicians say about pi (quotes taken from the above mentioned source):

pi is an irrational number, meaning that it cannot be written as the ratio of two integers.
Integers are mathematically the natural numbers. They are numbers that can be written without a fractional or decimal component. They are the “simple” numbers. God is irrational in the sense that you cannot just get a clean picture of Him by just working with some simple things. You can in the way of just believing in Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, but then you conclude that God is 3.14. Yet there are so many more digits to take into consideration when trying to get a full picture.

pi is also a transcendental number, meaning that there is no polynomial with rational coefficients for which pi is a root. […] An important consequence of the transcendence of Ļ€ is the fact that it is not constructible.
God is also transcendental in that He is superior, supernatural, one, true, good, etc.

Let’s see what the mathematicians say about e (quotes taken from the above mentioned source):

The mathematical constant e is the unique real number
God is also unique and real.

e is one of the most important numbers in mathematics
God is the most important person in the universe.

The number e is irrational; it is not a ratio of integers. Furthermore, it is transcendental
Same explanation applies here as with pi.

So, in summary, what does it signify? That everything, absolute everything in our universe points to God. “For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)

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A Simple IF-THEN-ELSE

The whole Proverbs chapter 2 is really amazing, and definitely a holy calling for a lifetime. What is great about this chapter is that it is a “simple” if-then-else structure. If you do this, then this will happen. Plain and simple! Actually, let’s just write it down like that to make it clear.

IF YOU

{
receive my words (v.1)
treasure up my commandments with you (v.1)
make your ear attentive to wisdom (v.2)
incline your heart to understanding (v.2)
call out for insight (v.3)
raise your voice for understanding (v.3)
seek [wisdom] like silver (v.4)
search for [wisdom] as for hidden treasures (v.4)
}

THEN YOU

{
will find the knowledge of God (v.5)
will understand the fear of the LORD (v.5)
will understand righteousness (v.9)
will understand justice (v.9)
will understand equity (v.9)
will understand every good path (v.9)
will have wisdom come into your heart (v.10)
will have knowledge which will be pleasant to your soul (v.10)
will have discretion watching over you (v.11)
will have understanding guarding you (v.11)
will walk in the way of the good (v.20)
will keep to the paths of the righteous (v.20)
will inhabit and remain in the land (v.21)
will be delivered from the way of evil (v.12)
will be delivered from men of perverted speech (v.12)

{
who forsake the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness (v.13)
who rejoice in doing evil (v.14)
who delight in the perverseness of evil (v.14)
who have paths that are crooked (v.15)
who are devious in their ways (v.15)
}

will be delivered from the forbidden woman, the adulteress with her smooth words (v.16)

{
who forsakes the companion of her youth (v.17)
who forgets the covenant of her God (v.17)
}

}

ELSE

{
your house sinks down to death (v.18)
your paths will sink to the departed (v.18)
you will be cut off from the land (v.22)
you will be rooted out of the land (v.22)
}

How can we be sure of this? Because of the amazing character of the LORD

  1. the LORD gives wisdom (v.6)
  2. from his mouth comes knowledge (v.6)
  3. from his mouth comes understanding (v.6)
  4. He stores up sound wisdom for the upright (v.7)
  5. He is a shield to those who walk in integrity (v.7)
  6. He is guarding the paths of justice (v.8)
  7. He is watching over the way of his saints (v.8)

Aren’t these amazing promises! I love how the conditions are few yet the outcome is great. It gives me great enthusiasm to go for it! I think the conditions can be summed up as one who by grace of God is pursuing humility and diligently searches for God’s heart and is eager to have an unveiled face to behold the glory of God (2 Corinthians 3:18), to see “the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6) and be transformed into His image. Wow!

8 Reasons for Biblical Preaching

I just wanted to share this link with you: http://www.desiringgod.org/Blog/2185_8_reasons_for_biblical_preaching/

Over atĀ Enjoying God Ministries,Ā Sam Storms, keynote speaker forĀ our upcoming pastors conference, gives some helpful instruction on preaching.

In the second of three articles in his seriesĀ An Appeal to All Pastors: Why and How Should We Preach, Sam gives us eight reasons why pastors should be committed to biblical preaching.

  1. We must preach because ofĀ the power of the Word of God to change human lives and to transform the experience of the church.
  2. We must preach becauseĀ preaching is God’s ordained means for making himself known to us.
  3. We must preach becauseĀ preaching not only communicates truth about God, it also mediates the very person and power of God.
  4. We must preach becauseĀ preaching (aside from reading) is the most effective means for transmitting the truths of Holy Scripture.
  5. We must preach becauseĀ preaching is the fuel for worship. Preaching fans the flames of passion for Jesus.
  6. We must preach becauseĀ preaching is not simply the fuel for worship, preaching is worship.
  7. We must preach becauseĀ preaching is the catalyst for church growth, renewal, and revival.
  8. We must preach becauseĀ preaching is the means by which the glory of God is revealed and imparted to those who listen with faith.

ReadĀ Part 1,Ā Part 2, andĀ Part 3 in Sam’s series.