Biblical and spiritual significance of number 6
The 6 is mentioned 199 times in the Bible. “Six” is the number of men, because the man was created on the sixth day of Creation. The “six” is beyond the “7”, which is the number of perfection. It is the number of man in his state of independence without fulfilling God’s eternal purpose. In Ezekiel, the cane is used as a unit of measure. A cane is equivalent to three meters.
The Bible uses a cane to represent man. The cane is high in appearance, although it is empty inside. For this reason, it breaks easily. “The waterfall cane will not break …” (Is. 42: 3; Mt. 12:20). The subject here is the Lord Jesus.
One day our Lord went to a marriage party in Cana. Cana means place of reeds. There the Lord Jesus performed his first miracle. There were six jars of water, and the water was transformed into “good wine” by our Lord. This shows with great beauty how man, represented by those six jars in his empty, weak, and even dead state is transformed by the miracle of the gospel to be filled with the life of Christ, the life arising from death.
“Six” is also the job number. Mark the conclusion of Creation as the work of God. God worked 6 days and then rested on the seventh day. This seventh day was the first day of man, which was created on the sixth day. According to God’s purpose, a man should first enter into God’s rest and then work or “till and … keep” (Gen. 2:15).
This is the beginning of the gospel. Energy and strength for work are invariably derived from rest, which speaks of Christ. After the fall, the man was separated from God, the antitype of “rest.” As much as a man works, he never reaches perfection or fullness. That’s why we sing: “Work can never save me.”
All religions encourage people to work towards their salvation. Man’s first job, after the fall, was to sew fig leaves to make aprons (Gen. 3: 7). Those leaves then run out. Our works can never cover our shame. “And Jehovah God made man and his wife fur robes and clothed them” (Gen. 3:21). Someone else had to die, shed their blood to bring salvation. In Numbers 35: 1-6, God asked Moses to provide six cities of refuge. In response to man’s work, God made Christ our retreat.
If we accept it as our refuge and dwell in it, we will cease our work and find our rest and true peace. “Six cities” is excellent to remind us of the weakness that exists in our being and our actions.
Other examples of the number six about the idea of ’work’ are the following: Jacob served his uncle Laban for six years for his cattle (Gen. 31). Hebrew slaves were to serve for six years (Ex. 21). For six years, the land was to be sown (Lv. 25: 3). The children of Israel should surround the city of Jericho once a day for six days (Js. 6). There were six steps on Solomon’s throne (2 Cr. 9:18). The work of man can take him to the best throne under the sun. However, 15 or 7 + 8 steps were necessary to go up to the temple, the place of God’s room (Ez. 40: 22-37).
The door of the inner courtyard of the temple of Ezekiel, which looked eastward, should be closed during “the six working days” (Ez. 46: 1).
The imperfection number
The number six has been quite considered by the Greeks, and even by the ancient Greeks themselves, as the whole number. They argued that six is the sum of their divisions: 1, 2, 3 (not including himself): 6 = 1 + 2 + 3. The next perfect number is 28, since 28 = 1 + 2 + 4 + 7 + 14. Currently, according to the Bible, this is a perfect imperfection number. Man occupies the highest place among created lives. God created several lives in ascending order in six days.
Creation reached a peak on the sixth day because, on this day, God created a man according to his image and likeness. The highest of created lives would be perfect if it remained alone in the universe without being compared to others. The light of a candle would be perfect if the sunlight never shone. When the man was placed in front of the tree of life,
Only when man accepts Christ as his personal Savior and His life, then is he completed in him. In Job 5:19, we read: “In six tribulations he will deliver you, and in the seventh, he will not be touched by evil.” “Six tribulations” is already too much for us; it represents “excess tribulations.” However, the power of God’s deliverance never manifests itself as greatly as when tribulations reach their perfect measure: seven.
Boaz’s gift to Ruth: “Six measures of barley” (Rt. 3:15) was, in fact, wonderful. But Boaz was going to do something else: he was going to become Ruth’s redeemer. The union of Boaz and Ruth gave rise to King David, and also, according to the flesh, to someone older than David, to our Lord Jesus. Before that happened, Ruth would marvel at those “six measures of barley,”