The Director's Bible - 015

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John uses Gematria and metaphor

There are things that rabbis do with gematria that I do not observe done by Jesus and the apostles, and I won't use them until I see them in scripture. Here are some uses that are observable:

In Chapter 9 we saw that John used the word play and riddle to write John 1:1-4. In this chapter, John's use of Gematria and the metaphoric meaning of the letters.

1Jo 5:7 For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.
1Jo 5:8 And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one.

Heaven שמים has gematria of 3 (300 + 40 + 10 + 40 = 390 => 12 => 3)

Earth ארץ has gematria of 3 (1 + 200 + 90 = 291 => 12 => 3)

The gimel ג is the number 3. It's name is spelled גמל which has gematria of 1. (3 + 40 + 30 = 73 => 10 => 1) John says that these three are one.

John says there are three in heaven and three in earth. This is not just an accident. John further confirms it with the use of the metaphor of the letters:

In heaven שמים there is the ש Spirit (which produces fruit), מ the Father and ם the Son.

On earth (ארץ) there is the א Spirit (which divides), the ר Water (revelation) and the ץ Blood.

The links to the letters will give the details of the metaphors.

John's method of interpretation

John has used the proximity of words in relationship to each other to say Joh 1:1 "In the beginning was the Word..."

He has used puns to say that the word was the light and life.

He used gematria to say that there are three in heaven and three in earth.

He used the metaphor to say who the three in heaven and in earth are.

Next, Luke uses a method of riddling which can be discerned even in English.

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