What Does That Mean? 

1 Kings 10:14
“The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty- six talents of gold, . . .”

Webster’s dictionary defines numerology as “the secret meaning of numbers.” Clearly, as we read through the Bible, we find specific numbers used to emphasize certain truths. The number seven seems to speak of a complete cycle, and is used to illustrate perfection. In the book of Revelation, we read of the “Seven Spirits of God”, which does not mean there are seven Holy Spirits, but refers to the perfect work of the Spirit. The number forty seems to speak of judgment. The children of Israel spent forty years in the wilderness because of their sin, and Paul was beaten by the Jews “forty times minus one.” One was subtracted to show mercy, thus thirty-nine became a number for mercy. In the book of Revelation, we are told that six is the number of man, and the number of the “beast” is 666.

Revelation 13:18  “Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man:His number is 666.”

We cannot help but notice the amount of gold delivered to Solomon every year, is the same in number as that of the beast of Revelation. The question we have to ask ourselves is, “What does that mean?” Is there any significance to the use of the number here? I think the answer is, “I don’t know.” While every reader familiar with Revelation would certainly pause and notice the similarity, no further information is given. None of the New Testament writers remark on Solomon’s gold, as it relates to the number 666. I think we must simply conclude that the intent of the Spirit was to draw our attention to the fact that Solomon’s sin, of trying to find life in possessions, was fueled by the work of the devil.

I think this brings up a very important point, as it relates to Bible study. We want to be very careful, as students, to examine our Bible, and let it speak for itself. We will run into danger when we project meaning into verses that were not meant by the original authors. Instead of always trying to find a hidden meaning in the Scriptures, we should be looking for the obvious meaning and spend our energies putting that into practice.

Pastor Jim


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