Saturday, April 16, 2011

(lent) 7


the lucky number.

On the seven-segment displays of pocket calculators and digital watches, 7 is the number with the most common glyph variation (0, 6 and 9 also have variant glyphs).

Wonders of the Ancient World. Great Pyramid of Giza, Hanging Gardens of Babylon, Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Mausoleum of Halicarnassus, Colossus of Rhodes, and the Lighthouse of Alexandria

sides to the 50 pence coin in England.

Up - a carbonated citrus beverage (only useful for days when the kids are home from school sick)

-Eleven. a convenience store chain once opened from 7am-11pm every day, until becoming a 24 hour store (which begs the question, if they are open 24 hours, do the doors have locks?) 7-Eleven is the worlds largest franchise, with 39,000 stores. On a per-capita basis, Norway has one 7-11 for every 47,000 Norwegians.

number of dwarfs with Snow White.

movie title of the 1995 film directed by David Fincher. Se7en starred Morgan Freeman, Brad Pitt and Gweneth Paltrow. this hauntingly chilling tail of a Detroit serial killer has one disturbing plot twist after another.

The figurative number of seas.

7th Heaven, a TV show about a family of seven, with the father serving as a Pastor. When the show debuted in 1996, I was enrolled in a Los Angeles Film School. Jessica Biel, one of the stars of the show, lived in my apartment building. My roommate and I ran in to her a few times. She was 14 or 15. Then she became famous.

the name George Costanza desires to give his first-born. (see episode titled The Seven)

a strong Biblical number:
~on the 7th day of Creation, God rested, creating the Sabbath... a Holy day of rest.
~Seven days of the feast of Passover
~Seven year cycle around the years of Jubilee
~Jericho's walls fall on the seventh day after seven priests with seven trumpets march around the city seven times
~Seven things that are detestable to the LORD (Proverbs 6:16–19)
16 There are six things the LORD hates,
seven that are detestable to him:
17 haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19 a false witness who pours out lies
and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.
~Seven loaves multiplied into seven baskets of surplus (Matthew 15:32–37)
~Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive those who sinned against him up to 7 times; Jesus responded by saying to forgive them 'seventy times seven times'

number of sayings spoken from the mouth of Christ, while hanging on the cross.
1) Jesus Speaks to the Father
Luke 23:34
Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing."

In the midst of his excruciating suffering, the heart of Jesus was focused on others rather than himself. Here we see the nature of his love—unconditional and divine.

2) Jesus Speaks to the Criminal on the Cross
Luke 23:43
"I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise."

One of the criminals who was crucified with Christ, had recognized who Jesus was and expressed faith in him as Savior. Here we see grace poured out through faith, as Jesus assured the dying man of his forgiveness and eternal salvation.

3) Jesus Speaks to Mary and John
John 19:26-27
When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, "Dear woman, here is your son," and to the disciple, "Here is your mother."

Jesus, looking down from the cross, was still filled with the concerns of a son for the earthly needs of his mother. None of his brothers were there to care for her, so he gave this task to the Apostle John. Here we clearly see Christ's humanity.

4) Jesus Cries Out to the Father
Matthew 27:46 (also Mark 15:34)
And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”

In the darkest hours of his suffering, Jesus cried out the opening words of Psalm 22. And although much has been suggested regarding the meaning of this phrase, it was quite apparent the agony Christ felt as he expressed separation from God. Here we see the Father turning way from the Son as Jesus bore the full weight of our sin.

5) Jesus is Thirsty
John 19:28
Jesus knew that everything was now finished, and to fulfill the Scriptures he said, "I am thirsty."

Jesus refused the initial drink of vinegar, gall and myrrh (Matthew 27:34 and Mark 15:23) offered to alleviate his suffering. But here, several hours later, we see Jesus fulfilling the messianic prophecy found in Psalm 69:21
6) It is Finished
John 19:30
... he said, "It is finished!"

Jesus knew he was suffering the crucifixion for a purpose. Earlier he had said in John 10:18 of his life, "No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father." These three words were packed with meaning, for what was finished here was not only Christ's earthly life, not only his suffering and dying, not only the payment for sin and the redemption of the world—but the very reason and purpose he came to earth was finished. His final act of obedience was complete. The Scriptures had been fulfilled.

7) Jesus' Last Words
Luke 23:46
Jesus called out with a loud voice, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit." When he had said this, he breathed his last.

Here Jesus closes with the words of Psalm 31:5, speaking to the Father. We see his complete trust in the Father. Jesus entered death in the same way he lived each day of his life, offering up his life as the perfect sacrifice and placing himself in God's hands.

lastly, there were seven places where blood flowed while Jesus suffered and died on the cross for us all... for all humanity. take 4 minutes, watch and listen and give thanks for His sacrifice.

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