Tuesday, November 17, 2009

The Genealogy of Jesus part 2


"Just to understand how unique these properties are try to design a genealogy-even from fiction that meets the following criteria:

1) The number of words must be divisible by 7 evenly (In each of these constraints, it is assumed that the divisions are without remainders.)

2) The number of letters must also be divisible by 7.

3) The number of vowels and the number of consonants must be divisible by 7.

4) The number of words that begin with a vowel must be divisible by 7.

5) The number of words that begin with a consonant must be divisible by 7.

6) The number of words that occur more than once must be divisible by 7.

7) The number of words that occur in more than one form must be divisible by 7.

8) The number of words that occur in only one form shall be divisible by 7.

9) The number of nouns shall be divisible by 7.

10) Only 7 words shall not be nouns.

11) The number of names in the genealogy shall be divisible by 7.

12) Only 7 other kinds of nouns are permitted.

13) The number of male names shall be divisible by 7.

14) The number of generations shall be 21, also divisible by 7.

There are even more features in the numerical structure of the words themselves. As you may know, both the Hebrew and Greek use the letters of the alphabet for numerical values. Therefore, any specific word in either Hebrew or Greek- has a numerical value of its own by adding up the values of the letters in that particular word. The study of the numerical values of words is called gematria. The 72 vocabulary words add up to a gematrical value of 42,364, or 7 x 6,052.

The 72 words appear in 90 forms-some appear in more than one form. The numeric value of the 90 forms is 54,075, or 7 x 7,725. Exactly. It becomes immediately obvious that hidden below the surface are aspects of design that cannot be accidental or just coincidence. There are words in the passage just described that occur nowhere else in the New Testament. They occur 42 times (7 x 6) and have 126 letters (7 x 18).

How was this organized? Even if Matthew contrived this characteristic into his Gospel, how could he have known that these specific words-whose sole characteristic is that they are found nowhere else in the New Testament-were not going to be used by the other writers? Unless we assume the absurd hypothesis that he had an agreement with them, he must have had the rest of the New Testament before him when he wrote his book. The Gospel of Matthew, then, must have been written last.

It so happens the Gospel of Mark exhibits the same phenomenon. It can be demonstrated that it would have had to be written “last.” The same phenomenon is found in Luke, John, Peter, Jude, and Paul. Each would have had to write after the other in order to contrive the vocabulary frequencies! You can demonstrate that each of the New Testament books had to have been “written last.”

There is no human explanation for this incredible and precise structure. It has all been supernaturally designed. We simply gasp, sit back, and behold the skillful handiwork of the God who keeps his promises.

By the way, the crucifixion of Jesus took place at Golgotha, elevation = 777 meters above sea level. What a coincidence. "

Missler, Chuck, Learn the Bible in 24 Hours, ( Thomas Nelson Publishers, Nashville, 2002).pg.166-168 plus other personal notes.


  1. Thank you Donna for being such a voracious reader. This is a beautifully written testimony of the intricacies and depths of the Word of God. We know so little! I loved this right brained approach to the complex structure of scripture.

    I have often wanted to write a psalm but any attempt feels like a kindergartener's attempt at a PhD disseration. Truly the scriptures are a treasure to contemplate!

  2. And all of this without computers and calculators. Truly it is divine.
    Thanks Donna!

  3. This is a marvel! Another testimony that God is in the details and there are always multiple layers of understanding and knowledge. Thank you so much Donna for all your insights. What a privilege it is to read your blog!