The number "seven" appears
46 times in Genesis,
31 times in Revelation,
12 times in Judges, and only
6 times in the book of Daniel.
I would like to understand, holistically, if there is a reason this number comes up so frequently in this book.
I do not want to underestimate the significance of "seven" in the book of Daniel but the fact ...
Was all that God initially instituted planned?
The questions in the OP may be pared down to two since there is considerable redundancy. With that in mind, I'll attempt to address the two fundamental questions in turn as I understand them. They appear to be these:
I) Did God create Adam and Eve already knowing that they would fall?
II) Did God create ...
I'll answer this in terms of typology.
Revelation 19:7 expresses a spiritual reality:
Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
This is the true heavenly type.
Genesis 2:24 describes an earthly type:
Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to ...
Looking at Eph. 5:1-6:9 the intent of all human relationships is to express who God is (that is to glorify God). It starts out to imitate God as young children imitate their parents. After a discourse on general characteristics, the first relationship in a list of relationships is husband and wife (5:22-32), also the longest. In this relationship the ...
7 is a holy number in Judiasm that repreents completeness
Daniel who was an Israilite wrote this book when he was in captivity in Babylon
There are several places in Tanakh where 7 is called out.
The menorah in the Temple had seven lamps
Acts of atonement and purification were accompanied by a sevenfold sprinkling
Number of days of Sukkot
Number of days of ...
One must be careful about taking analogies beyond their intended scope. A few facts relative to the question to help set the background here include:
Amniotic fluid, though it starts pure, later can include the fetal excrement (called meconium).
Noah's family spent far more than 40 days in the ark. The rains fell for 40 days, but they were in the ark from ...
I certainly don't claim any of these thoughts are original to me, but I see a comparable connection.
Jesus often used metaphors that were familiar to people to illustrate a point.
Physical birth involves:
Water (as noted in the OP)
Spirit (see Genesis 2:7)
Blood (I didn't really appreciate this until my the birth of my children)
Spiritual rebirth involves:
Matthew 13:24-30 (New American Standard Bible 1995 )
24 Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of
heaven [a]may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.
25 But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed [b]tares
among the wheat, and went away. 26 But when the [c]wheat sprouted and
bore grain, then the tares ...
14The sinners in Zion are afraid;
trembling grips the ungodly:
“Who of us can dwell with a consuming fire?
Who of us can dwell with everlasting flames?”
15He who walks righteously
and speaks with sincerity,
who refuses gain from extortion,
whose hand never takes a bribe,
who stops his ears against murderous plots
and shuts his eyes tightly against ...
This is not difficult - either the expression, "where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched" is literal or figurative/metaphor.
We should pause to note Mark 9:48 is a direct quote from Isa 66:24. The passage immediately preceding this verse is about the New Heavens and the New Earth. Note the following elements
The LORD will come ...
God revealed himself in literal fire a number of times. He appeared in a burning bush to Moses, Exodus 3:1-6. Fire came out of the tabernacle from before the Lord and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering .. and the people shouted and fell upon their face, Leviticus 9:24. This in the inauguration of the Aaronic priesthood.
But some thought to mimic this ...
Is Jesus' description of Gehenna (Hell) literal or figurative?
This is a difficult subject because we do not recognize our wretchedness as God does. A couple of passages from the Gospel of Mark may suffice for illustration:
Mark 7:21-23: "For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed the evil thoughts, fornications, thefts, murders, adulteries, ...
I think root systems can be another way to answer to your third question. Farmers sow wheat rather densely--certainly much closer than, e.g., maize corn; and thus, their root systems would become tangled underground early on. In a home garden, it can be difficult to correctly uproot an established weed sitting on top of a delicate vegetable plant with ...
@HoldToTheRod did an excellent job of explaining the agricultural references being made.
I would just point out that the OT background for this parable includes:
[Jer 31:27 NASB20] 27 "Behold, days are coming," declares the LORD, "when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of mankind and the seed of animals.
In order to understand what was planted by the enemy in Verse 25, we first need to understand what was planted by the man in Verse 24.
What was planted by the man?
Matt. 13:24 NKJV
24Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;(Holy Bible: New King James Version. Nashville, ...
Parable: Tares Among the Wheat
Since the entire narrative is parabolic, we must interpret it as such.
My version (NAS) reads:
Matthew 13:24-30: "Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the ...
The Greek ζιζάνια for tares/weeds has often been understood as a reference to darnel (a type of ryegrass, see here). If so, the meaning is clarified.
Wheat & darnel look essentially the same in their early growth stages; they can be distinguished when they are mature. So trying to uproot the weeds right away would risk:
Missing some of the weeds by ...
In the context of this verse citing the wide gate a better translation for strait (G4728 stenos) gate is narrow which is listed as an alternative translation for strait G4728. Therefore:
13 "Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.
In this context Matthew is discussing ...
Strait is the gate. Narrow is the way. Strait is not the way. It is the gate. There are two things you must notice. A gate (other languages it is door) and a Way. Gate is different from Way. Don't mix both together. Strait in other languages is less space. Enter through the door Jesus.
Every one can't enter through this door. You have to repent from your ...