Six is not always bad

Ezekiel Bible Background

11.29.2014 Old Testament: Eze 41.1–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Ezekiel 41–42 on November 29, In the year of our Lord 2014

By Don Ruhl

We read the Bible with heightened awareness, knowing it is the word of God, but we must beware of reading too much into things also. For example, we know that numbers play a significant role in God’s plan to save man. You can see my web site to show that, but you will also discover that I have found that not every time that “seven” appears in the Bible, does it have significance. Sometimes it is just incidental.

The same thing with “six.” The number of the beast in the Book of Revelation is 666. Therefore, we might be tempted to conclude that any time “six” appears in the Bible it represents evil, but that would be overstating the case. Notice the following passage from the Book of Ezekiel, concerning what we commonly call Ezekiel’s Temple, which truly is the Lord’s Temple, even as Solomon’s Temple was,

Then he brought me into the sanctuary and measured the doorposts, six cubits wide on one side and six cubits wide on the other side—the width of the tabernacle. The width of the entryway was ten cubits, and the side walls of the entrance were five cubits on this side and five cubits on the other side; and he measured its length, forty cubits, and its width, twenty cubits. Also he went inside and measured the doorposts, two cubits; and the entrance, six cubits high; and the width of the entrance, seven cubits. He measured the length, twenty cubits; and the width, twenty cubits, beyond the sanctuary; and he said to me, “This is the Most Holy Place” (Ezekiel 41.1–4). 

Three times in this passage alone, Ezekiel wrote that certain parts of the temple have dimensions of six cubits. Then the one speaking to the prophet said, “This is the Most Holy Place,” or “The Holy of Holies.” Yet, it had some measurements associated with “six” in other parts of the temple.

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