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This number occurs frequently in Scripture, and in such connections as lead to the supposition that it has some typical meaning.
SEVEN DAY WEEK—On the seventh day God rested, and hallowed it (Gen. 2:2-3). The division of time into weeks of seven days each accounts for many instances of the occurrence of this number.
SYMBOL—This number has been called the symbol of perfection, and also the symbol of rest.
“Jacob's seven years' service to Laban; Pharaoh's seven fat oxen and seven lean ones; the seven branches of the golden candlestick; the seven trumpets and the seven priests who sounded them; the seven days' siege of Jericho; the seven churches, seven spirits, seven stars, seven seals, seven vials, and many others, sufficiently prove the importance of this sacred number”
(see Lev. 25:4; 1 Sam. 2:5; Ps. 12:6; 79:12; Prov. 26:16; Isa. 4:1; Matt. 18:21, 22; Luke 17:4)
FEASTS—The feast of Passover (Ex. 12:15, 16), the feast of Weeks (Deut. 16:9), of Tabernacles (13:15), and the jubilee (Lev. 25:8), were all ordered by seven.
SEVEN IS THE NUMBER OF…
- sacrifice (2 Chr. 29:21—“seven bullocks, and seven rams, and seven lambs, and seven he goats, for a sin offering for the kingdom”; Job 42:8—“seven bullocks and seven rams”)
- purification (Lev. 4:6, 17; 8:11, 33; 14:9, 51—“sprinkle… blood seven times”)
- consecration (Lev. 4:6, 17; 8:11, 33; 14:9, 51—“seventy times seven”)
- forgiveness (Matt. 18:21-22; Luke 17:4)
- reward (Deut. 28:7—“shall… flee before thee seven ways”; 1 Sam. 2:5—“the barren hath born seven”)
- punishment (Lev. 26:21, 24, 28—“seven times more plagues… will punish you yet seven times for your sins…” ; Deut. 28:25—“flee seven ways”)
SEVENTH MONTH—The month of Ethanim (also called Tisri) is the seventh month of the sacred (ecclesiastical) year (1 Kings 8:2).