The Bible’s Number 1…
#1-God-Created – Beginnings, things that are first and things that stand alone, separated by sin, self, pride, God, leaders
Learning About Number One: God
The overall theme associated with number one ultimately is about understanding God, who was the beginning and creator of all things, and understanding He must be number one in our lives, above all leaders or things we might be tempted to follow. The first step in God’s Redemption Plan is for us to learn about God.
Things often found associated with one
God, Jesus, Lord, priests, kings, pharoah, leaders, fathers, husbands, households, patriarchs
Patriarchs, heads of households
Kings and those in charge
Beginnings, first events and things
pride, ownership, self, himself, I
lonely, set apart, only, alone, myself, single and individual
There are also many statements that imply one: When words such as that, this or the are placed before nouns, implying a reference to it as a specific one; when words like “all” are used to collectively reference a group, such as in “all the articles of gold”; when possessive words such as their, my, or mine are used in reference to things owned.
About Number One
The overall theme associated with number one ultimately is about understanding God, who was the beginning and creator of all things, and understanding He must be number one in our lives, above all leaders or things we might be tempted to follow. The first step in God’s Redemption Plan is for us to learn about God and our separation from his due to sin.
One is also the only number not made up of any other number, and it is, of course, the source of all other numbers. One stands by itself; it is the beginning of numbers and a part of every number. One is expressed by many terms, including God, I Am, the first and last, the one and only, the beginning, and the source. Other expressions include The leader, the king, one way, one chosen or selected, every one, no one, one to another, one people, one way, one place, and more. One can also be used as a reference to any one of many, as in the phrases “one said…” or “one day….”
The theme for number one is often depicted as unity, but it is better described as things that are unique, separate or set apart as a group or entity. Unity is sometimes thought of as two things joined as one, and although this definition is correct, it confuses the difference between two and one. Mark 10:8 helps clarify: “…and the two shall become one flesh; so they are no longer two, but one flesh….” Since they are no longer two they are no longer seen as unified or in any way joined. No single thing can be seen as unified. A place or a date, or even a person, is not seen as unified, so groups or entities can be counted as one and at the same time consist of individual elements of people or things.
One is often associated with separation or things set apart or by themselves. This is seen in Genesis chapter one where nearly every verse speaks of difference, separation, or creation of things of opposite or unlike kinds. Among the patriarchs’ families, God repeatedly split those who followed Him from those who rejected Him.
Genesis 12:1 says, “…the LORD said to Abram, ‘Go forth from your country, And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you.’”
Things that can be counted can also be numbered, sorted, or ordered with a beginning and an end, or a first and last. One is the number given to the first in every list, so one is also associated with beginnings. Leaders are related to one, as they are the single one leading or going ahead of the group and determining their direction.
The ultimate leader of all things is God, and He is the main association with one. The three parts of the Trinity are all one and yet have an order individually that associates them with 111 as well as three, for God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
Psalm 111:3 says, “Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever.”
In the Bible, the number one can be found reflecting themes in all the ways mentioned above, but when it is not found in its normal role, pointing to a specific or unique thing, it most often points to themes about ones who lead or ones whom others follow, or the one we chose to follow. God of course is the ultimate one association, but we also often see one associated with kings, priests, commanders, heads of households, and leaders of all types. In the same way as in references to leaders, one is also related to pride and trust in self, as seen in words such as his, mine, my, I, and myself.
Following are some example verses that have strong content pointing to the theme of one:
Ex 20:3 (first commandment) “You shall have no other gods before Me”
Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
John 1:1 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God”
Gen 2:24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh
Isa 47:4 Our Redeemer, the LORD of hosts is His name, The Holy One of Israel.
1 Chronicles 27:1 (the 11,111th Bible verse) “…the enumeration of the sons of Israel, the heads of fathers’ households, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and their officers who served the king in all the affairs of the divisions which came in and went out month by month throughout all the months of the year, each division numbering 24,000…”
Symbolism for number two