YBD034 The Meaning of Numbers in the Torah, Part 22 Concluding Summary Number 6

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In the previous 8 articles we looked at the number 6 and its related numbers 66, 60 and 600. It is the number of Man. We showed that 6 has a bearing on 666. But 60, 66 and 600 do not generally contribute much to 666. We show they support the general premise that 6 relates to Man. This article concludes with a summary relating to 6, which will be an introduction to 666, the study of the famous number mentioned by John in the Apostolic Writings.

Some main aspects of 6, the number of Man, as a summary of YbD026-31 include:
•    In an earlier article (YbD014) I stated that the most significant meaning of a word is the 1st time it appears. First, but indirect, mention of 6 is that before the end of the 6th day Adam and Eve were created. This 6 indicates its symbolism to Man. Bereshit 1:26,27).
•    The 1st time 6 is mentioned is as 6th in the last verse of Bereshit chapter 1, denoting the end of the 6 days of creation. Verses 2 to 31 in chapter 1 summarise the 6 days of creation, a day by day build-up of 6 over 30 verses.
•    Adonai rested the 7th day as a result of completing His creation work. Hence we work 6 days and rest on the 7th.
•    The 2nd time number 6 is used is as a sequence of 6 is in Bereshit chapter 5:15-27. Here the 4 generations from 5 to 8 have 6 included 6 times. Six appears in the years that are quoted, 6 times as follows; “Mahalalel lived 65 years (1), (…) Jared lived 162 years (2), and begot Enoch. (…) all the days of Jared were 962 years (3); and he died. Enoch lived 65 years (4), and begot Methuselah. (...) all the days of Enoch were 365 years (5). And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him. (…) all the days of Methuselah were 969 years (6); and he died”.
•    The last 5 of the 10 Commandments, state our relationship with fellow man, include 6 words having 6 letters each stating “thou shalt not …”;(1) murder (killing is different from murder), (2) commit adultery, (3) steal, (4) bear false witness, (5) covert (other’s property) and (6) covert (other’s family, animals, etc.).
•    Often only the 6th Commandment of “thou shalt not murder” of 6 letters is quoted to give an example of 6, the number of Man. Killing and murder are 2 completely different concepts. To murder is something we do with premeditation, planning or hate. But killing means; accidently, unintentionally, not knowingly or self-defence.
•    Related to the 6th Statement, “thou shalt not murder”, are the 6 cities of refuge for the innocent.
•    The 10th Statement includes coveting someone’s servant or slave. The Torah respects the status of servants and slaves. An example is that (Vayikra 25:39-46) a Hebrew slave (common employment method in the Tanakh) after 6 years of service had a choice to remain a slave or go free. The contract for the slave wishing to stay with his master after the 6 year period was sealed with him having his ear pierced against the house doorpost. The blood stain on the doorpost was the evidence of the sealed contract. The laws for Canaanite captives were different. Many Canaanite captives discovering Adonai whilst serving their Israeli master, converted to become Israelites, thus gaining freedom.
•    The laws given by Moses include that for 6 years the land was sowed (in rotation) and managed (pruning, clearing, weeding, planting, grazing, harvesting, picking, processing, etc.) giving maximum produce. This produce was harvested and stored in other forms (wheat as grain, grapes as wine, olives as oil, dates as honey, etc.). During the 7th year the land rested, with the produce gathered only for immediate use. This 7th year commenced after the harvest was completed in the 6th year.
•    Towards the end of the Exodus journey, places of Baal worship are mentioned 6 times (Bamidbar 25:3,5, 32:38, 33:7 and twice in Devarim 4:3). The first two times were when Moabite women tempted Israeli men to Baal worship. After this negative incident Israel conquered the lands to the East of the river Jordan which included cities dedicated to Baal worship. When Israel finally camped in the valley of Baalpeor, the place where the Ark was placed, Moses reminded Israel of their encounters with Baal. The events, including Moses’ summary, state; Baalpeor, Baalpeor, Baalmeon, Baalzephon, Baalpeor and Baalpeor, together 6 times. Mentioning Israel’s fall and victories over Baal 6 times (including the Reed Sea encounter), emphasises what Baal worship is and that it must be overcome if we are to be near our Adonai. Baal worship is what man does, when he does not know Adonai or turns away from G-d.
•    In the Book of Joshua Baal is used 9 times. Three times as Baalgad (lord of fortune) emphasising being tempted by wealth, etc. then 6 times in 3 forms of Baalah meaning mistress. These relate to places that the conquering Israeli army overcame the Baal worshipers in the Promised Land. Mistress means someone other than your Bride with whom you are having a relationship with. By worshiping Baal (however defined), we are committing adultery by turning away from our Bride and going to a mistress. By us turning our back on our Bride, our Bride still sees all.
•    In the Book of Judges, Israel is stated to have gone after Baal 6 times (served Baal 5 times plus once whoring after him and making Baalberith their god – the 7th reference within the 6 Baal statements) in Judges 2:11,13, 3:7, 8:33, 10:6,10. The double mention in one case (making 7) suggests completeness. Also in this book Baal is stated 5 times when Israel cast down the altars to him  (Judges 6:25,28,30,31,32), symbolising holiness or holy acts. The wrong is stated 6 times and the right 5 times. The use of words several times, emphasises the meaning of the story.
•    Previously we have seen the Sh’ma has all the symbolisms of the numbers between 1 to 5. This is a 6 word, 25 letter statement of faith שמע ישראל יי אלהינו יי אחד “Sh’ma Israel, Adonai Eloheinu, Adonai Echad” that is, “Hear O Israel Adonai is our God, Adonai is One”. The longest word of this 6 word statement is of 6 letters אלהינו, Eloheinu or “is our G-d”. Adonai is the G-d of Man This the only condition, that we choose Adonai as our G-d. When we have chosen only Him, we can then say that “He is our G-d”. This statement of faith is the affirmation of that we, as Man, have chosen Him as our G-d and hence turned our back on Baal. Turning our back on Baal means we face Adonai and follow Him.

This almost ends the study of the number 6. We will complete it by studying in the following articles the interesting and much controversial 666. In article YbD035 we will study the mathematical connections between 6 and 666. Then in article YbD036 we will look at 666 in the Apostolic writings and the Tanakh


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