Every now and then something will catch my eye, as if to say, “Bonnie what do you see?” This past week as my husband and I were unpacking and moving into our new place, he mentioned it was almost my birthday. I said yes. He said, “the 13th right?” “Yes,” I answered. The next night he became very weak and was hurting from pulling something at his prior job and again he pulled something while moving. We ended up at the ER and were sent to room 13. My husband made a comment that of course, we were in lucky 13. I explained to him that it actually is a lucky number and not just because I was born on the day. The next day while taking a break outside on my patio I noticed a box my husband had placed outside to throw in the dumpster later. On top of it laid a cut out piece of carpeting with the number 13 scribbled in black marker on the backing. Now that I had seen the number 3 to 5 times in 3 days, I started to wonder what The Father was trying to tell me. Did thirteen have any significance to my new move?
Walk inside many fluent hotels and businesses, and you might find when you enter the elevator that the number 13 is missing. Which leads me to a word called triskaidekaphobia, say it three times super-fast. This word describes a phobia of extreme suspicion concerning the number “13.” If you look hard enough you can find thirteen affiliated with just about everything from Nimrod, the mark of the Beast, the Illuminati, and the Free-Masons. They say the Tarot card of death depicts the number 13. Even our nation has many affiliations with the number. America had 13 colonies, 13 stars, and stripes on the flag. There are thirteen steps leading to the pyramid on the back of the one dollar bill and 13 tail feathers sprout from the eagle adorning it as well. The eagle’s breast has 13 stripes. A closer look shows one of its talons holding 13 arrows and the other curiously holds 13 leaves and 13 berries from the olive branch. The eagle also has 13 stars over its head that form the Star of David.
Most everything I have ever been taught concerning my faith was filled with half-truths and the same goes for this number which is really quite holy, quite lucky, and surely set apart. Yeshua-Jesus plus the 12 made 13. There is a passage of scripture called the Shema. It is recited twice a day by many Jews and Messianic believers. It says this, “ADONAI our God, ADONAI is one]; and you are to love ADONAI your God with all your heart, all your being and all your resources. These words, which I am ordering you today, are to be on your heart; and you are to teach them carefully to your children. You are to talk about them when you sit at home, when you are traveling on the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them on your hand as a sign, put them at the front of a headband around your forehead, and write them on the door-frames of your house and on your gates.” Deuteronomy 6:4-9 CJB. You may be wondering what the significance of this scripture and the number one is to thirteen. The answer may surprise you. According to many Rabbi’s the number 13 is the number of HaShem (God).
The following information in italics comes from http://www.betemunah.org/thirteen.html
“Twelve is the number of maximal differentiation. It is the number of lines that border a cube, and according to Chazal, all of reality.
The fact that the twelve are all connected in the center is the thirteenth. Thirteen is the number that bonds multiplicity into oneness. For example, there are twelve tribes that are bonded into their father Israel. Israel is the thirteenth. The meaning of the number thirteen is the bonding of many into one.
Jews look to make many into one whilst the Gentiles look to make one into many. This is exemplified with the preeminent prayer of the Jews, the Shema, which speaks of HaShem being one; while the Gentile’s preeminent theology is the trinity, in which they make HaShem into three gods. Thus, the Goyim have a superstition that the number thirteen is bad, whilst the Jews see the number thirteen as very good.”
The letter mem is the thirteenth letter of the Aleph-bet in Hebrew. Its numerical value is 40 and it means water. Without water, none of us would survive. In Jewish numerology, the word Ahavah or love and the word Echad or one equals thirteen. According to the Sages, Yahweh has 13 attributes of mercy and 13 principals of faith. Esther’s victory took place on the 13th of the month of Adar. The Holy Temple in Jerusalem had 13 trumpets or boxes set up for charity. Israel one day is said to be divided into 13 tribal sections when Yeshua-Jesus comes back to set up the kingdom. When Israel became independent in 1948 it set up its first governing body called the Minhelet Ha’Am and elected 13 members. Why 13? They needed good luck and new beginnings. There are 613 Commandments in the Torah. Not 607 or 612, but 13. I haven’t the time to go through all the beautiful symbolism behind the number 13 but here are just a few more.
At 13, a Jewish boy becomes Bar Mitzvah and ready to keep the commandments. Jesus said, “If you love me keep my commandments.” When the woman with the issue of blood touched Jesus garments, she touched his prayer shawl or tallit. The maximum number of knots permitted is 13. This is said to be symbolic of the 7 heavens and the 6 air spaces between them. (menachot 39a.)
One of the commandments many are coming around to is this one, “Remember the Sabbath to keep it holy.” Exodus 20:8. Sabbath begins on Friday evening at sunset and if it happens to fall on the 13th of the month, the Jewish people say it is extremely a very blessed day indeed!
As you can see this number is filled with many turns and twist, but most numbers are. I hope when you see the number 13 in the future you remember Yeshua-Jesus and the 12 and also Echad and Ahavah. Love + One = Our Abba Father.