Someone messaged me this morning and touched on what the Lord has been showing her About forgiveness. When I responded I started thinking about it. And then the thought process of Peter asking Jesus how many times should I forgive someone begin churning in my heart
Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, “No, not seven times,” Jesus replied, “but seventy times seven
I have often wondered. What the significance of a 7 * 70 is besides equaling 490. So I did a little research. And here’s what I found. And this is why I love the Bible.
I have always known that numbers play a significant role in the Bible.
The number 40 is also very significant.
Jesus fasted for 40 days And there was 40 days in the wilderness. The flood was 40 days. There are over 10 instances that I found for the number 40 that were significant. Whether it be 40 days or 40 years. But I never knew this though about 490.
Every word in the Hebrew language relates to a number. Words that share the same numeric value are often connected in some way and these connections frequently communicate deeper spiritual insights.
490 is the numerical value of the biblical Hebrew word “tamim” which means to “complete,” “perfect,” or “finished.” A person who can’t forgive will always live an imperfect, and incomplete life that’s lacks a true understanding of the “finished” gracious work of the cross. 490 is also the value of the Hebrew phrase “Let your heart be perfect” (1 Kings 8:61). Forgiving helps to make us complete and is key to perfecting our heart. Rabbi Jason
Another promise that if I forgive I will be complete. That is a promise. I will definitely Hang my hat on.
I know for myself when the Lord brings someone to mind that I need to forgive, There’s always so much freedom, when that decision in my heart has been made.
This begs the question for you today. Do you feel complete?