The First Commandment

Date: Wed Oct 10 2001 - 00:02:05 EDT

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    When asked "Which is the first commandment of all" the Lord Jesus Christ
    declared (Mark 12.29f) "The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O
    Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God
    with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with
    all thy strength: this is the first commandment. And the second is like,
    namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other
    commandment greater than these."

    The Scripture He was refering to begins in Deuteronomy 6.4, commonly refered
    to as the Shema (Hb. Hear).

    About six years ago, I began studying the intrinsic alphanumeric structure
    of this verse. This is what I found:

    The word translated as One is the Hebrew Echad:

    One (Echad) = 13

    This number coincides with the value of the noun cognate to the verb used in
    the next verse (Deut 6.5):

    Love (Ahavah) = 13

    The Jews have long recognized the significance of this relation. It is one
    of the reasons Moses Maimonides formulated the Jewish Faith as Thirteen
    Articles. Let me also quote from Rabbi Meir Ibn Gabbai (15th Century) who

    For the perfect adoration worship demanded of the true worshipper is the
    service of the Unity, that is, the unification of the glorious and Only
    Name. But the essence of Love is the true Unity, and the true Unity is what
    is termed Love...

    Obviously, these are not new associations. Nor are they lacking in
    theological significance. Consider this verse from Col 3.14 "And over all
    these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity."

    Yet we have just begun: The Shema declares that The LORD (YHVH) is one. We
    have the identity:

    YHVH = 26 = 2 x 13

    Moses Maimonides used this identity also when he wrote his thesis called
    "Twenty-six propositions the philosophers use to prove the existence of

    Yet still we have just begun. Calculating the value of the assertion found
    in the Shema, we find:

    The LORD is ONE = YHVH Echad = 26 + 13 = 39 = 3 x 13

    Hummmm ... 3 x 13 ---> 3 x ONE ---> the Lord is One = 3 x One .... any
    potential theological significance here?

    Yet we have just begun!

    The sum of the entire Shema is 1118 = 13 x 86. And what is the significance
    of 86? It is the value of the Name of God given in the first verse of the
    first book of the Bible:

    Elohim = 86


    The Sum of the Shema = 13 x 86 = ONE x GOD

    Ringing any bells yet?

    Yet there is more! The fundamental way in which Jesus refered to God is "The
    Father". In Greek, the value is:

    Ho Pater = 559 = 13 x 43

    Hummmmmmm .... Lets put it all together now

    The LORD (YHVH) = 2 x 13
    God (Elohim) = 2 x 43
    The Father (Ho Pater) = 13 x 43

    These are the three primary NAMES OF GOD found in Scripture, and these three
    three numbers are generated from a single set by following a single rule.
    They are generated by multiplying pairs of primes from the set {2,13, 43).
    There are three numbers generated from this set in this fashion, and these
    three numbers are 26, 86, and 559. And where have we seen the set {2, 13,
    43} before?

    It is the SUM OF THE SHEMA

    I am eager to hear the comments from the ASA list.

    God Bless!

    Rejoice forevermore!

    Richard Amiel McGough
    Graphics and much more detail are available on my site:

    Look for the Unity Holograph under Biblical Holographs on the main menu.

    The intrinsic alphanumeric

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