WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT FIVE?
Something as simple as a ‘high five’ has controversial origins. At one time, Magic Johnson said he was its originator. But women’s volleyball claims bragging rights for the up-top hand slap. Then, there are baseball players who contest they’d initiated this signature move.
What does it take?
Well, frankly, one hand and five fingers.
What’s my point?
Glad you asked. The Bible mentions the number five a minimum of 300 times. Here are a few examples:
David picked up five stones.
There are five books of law in the Bible. Of the ten commandments, the 1st five are about our relationship with God; the last five involve our relationships with others.
Deuteronomy is the 5th book of the Bible; its main theme is God’s covenant of love with Israel.
There were five types of offerings to God listed in the Old Testament.
The Holy Oil used to consecrate furniture in the tabernacle had five ingredients: myrrh, sweet cinnamon, sweet calamus, cassia, and olive oil.
The giant statue King Nebuchadnezzar saw in his dream was composed of five materials.
Jesus fed the multitude with five loaves and two fish.
The 5th letter in the Hebrew alphabet, h or hei, is said to represent God’s grace and goodness; it is also the number signifying redemption that comes through the Messiah, Yeshua.
In John 1:16, God doubles down on His grace to us. “Out of His fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given.”
God never does anything without reason or value. When God created the birds and stocked the rivers and oceans on day five, He placed visual objects in the sky and in the waters to remind us of Him! Not what we made, but what He created for our enjoyment!
Next time you high-five someone, take a look at your five digits. The ones God created—on purpose. For your good and for His glory. Then raise them up in praise to Him!