Have you noticed how many 3 word admonishments, commands, and connections there are in the Word? Starting with the Father, Son, and Spirit before time began and ending with the Holy Threesome when time, as we know it, ends. Three wise men. Noah had three sons. Job had three daughters. Daniel prayed three times a day. Jesus answered satan’s three temptations by answering with three scriptures. Mary stayed with Elizabeth for three months. Three witnessed the transfiguration. Three heavens. Three crosses. Jesus rose on the third day… and more.
The number three is significant because it represents completeness. Not just the single number but all its multiples. For example there 27 books in the New Testament which is represented mathematically as 3x3x3. God’s completeness is shown in many ways. Time is shown through yesterday, today, and tomorrow. God’s people are called, chosen, and elect. Man is body, soul, and spirit. We serve God in thought, word, and deed.
God’s word is full of three phrase commands. Take a look at these…
Micah 6:8 NIV tells us to live justly, love mercy, and walk humbly.
In 2 Timothy 1:7(The Message) we are to be bold, loving, and sensible with what (gifts) God has given us. In the same chapter, we are to not be afraid because the Spirit gives us power, love, and self-discipline.
How about Deuteronomy 30:16 NIV? For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to Him, and to keep His commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. This one is a command with a promise…
Love. Obey. Keep. = Life. Increase. Blessings.
And just one more three to complete this post. The only attribute of God that is mentioned in groups of three in the Word is Holy, Holy, Holy.
Blessings upon blessings to you and yours!
All quoted verses are connected to BibleGateway.com. Check it out! It’s a great resource.