“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12
Oftentimes God quietly speaks to me through numbers. One of the benefits of being a sensitive person is I can “See ” with prophetic vision what God is revealing. Then I have to listen and interpret what he is saying. Numbers are a Biblical means God speaks to His people. Seven refers to perfection or a day of rest. Five refers to grace. 12 is Apostolic. Jesus appointed 12 disciples. In the past two months 37 has repeated in the following ways;
1) I was placed 37 on the order of merit for the Irish Civil Service.
2) I passed houses numbered 37 on daily walks. A digging sign opposite the blue door prompted me to do a biblical Numbers 37 search on the Internet:
“The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to come you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by chasing after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes.” (Numbers 15:37).
The digging image opposite the blue door reminded me of digging into the word of God. Digging by Seamus Heaney speaks to the generations and the power of the written word.
|3) A conversation with a friend in Wisconsin on Questions confirmed that if I’m trying to model my life after the example of Jesus he asked a lot of questions of people (307) in the New Testament and only gave 3 direct answers. He set up situations to make people think through their own situations and hearts. Notice the number 37. |
4) I received my Instant Insights Newsletter # 37 from my mentor in the USA, Jan Rutherford, an author, expedition leader, speaker, x-CEO who teaches how to Lead Self, Others and Organizations. Here it is;
Two Keys to Conflict (Beginning of Newsletter)
We’re all trying to figure out what’s next after the pandemic.
Is it back to work? Or is it back together? How does trust and cooperation play into our future?
What I am seeing is conflict between very different drivers.
Some leaders know that working should-to-shoulder may lead to more teamwork, collaboration and innovation.
Some people feel that proximity isn’t needed for teamwork, collaboration and innovation.
Some people worry about feeling safe – while others like the balance they now have with work and family.
Values are competing – which are the drivers of what causes us to act.
Most of us are pretty familiar with the Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Lencioni, and know we need: Trust as a foundation Once people feel safe, then they’re comfortable speaking up with healthy Conflict When people know their voice has been heard, they’re more likely to be Committed to the decisions for next steps With high commitment across the board, share Accountability can take hold. When those four steps are in place, the team should see the Results that prove true effectiveness. Obviously, no two teams are alike, but in my experience, of the the five dysfunctions, the one that is almost always absent it the ability to have healthy conflict. I think the reason is that we don’t know how to meet. There is too much ambiguity with regard to decisions, ground rules for group behavior, and much of the time the meetings aren’t intentional, purposeful, or methodical.
Think about the four ways we can collaborate:
DTDP – different time different place (bulletin boards, newsletters)
DTSP – different time same place (asynchronous)
STDP – same time different place (synchronous, virtual)
STSP – same time same place (synchronous, in-person) Rather than try to solve the remote work/work from home/back to the office dilemma based on competing drivers, how about first deciding two things:
1. Be crystal clear about when and why you absolutely need to meet at the same time in the same place.
2. When you do meet at the same time in the same place, make sure you have the following in place: Agenda with desired outcome Ground Rules for full participation, and healthy debates.
Healthy debate requires one thing: When someone brings up something where others disagree, the response should always be in the form of a question to better understand the stated opinion, perspective, or recommendation. The first response should never be an outright statement of disagreement. Of course, conflict isn’t comfortable, or easy, but it is to be expected, and managed so that it produces the best outcome by way of solutions and buy-in.
And we’re all going to have to get used to each other again – and that includes all the things we appreciate, and the things that annoy us… (End of Newsletter).
5) A trusted bible scholar said he would not trust numbers in isolation as having a primary role in guidance. Gematria is a Jewish way of interpretation but should be used sparingly and with discretion. God can use any means to communicate but the Word has highest priority and censors all the others.
6) I befriended a businessman conducting business in Dublin for 37 years. Psalm 37:23 came to mind around the nature of our meeting, outside Butlers Coffee shop in Rathmines, “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and He delights in his way.” We had a good conversation about the 3 C’s of relationships – I advised him on Communications, Chemistry and Character and how communications and chemistry can easily be over-ridden by bad character.
7) In bible numbers each letter of the Greek Alphabet has an associated numerical value as seen in the Word of God list below. The letters in each word can be added up so that each word has an associated numerical sum. The Greek New Testament contains many words and names that have sums that are divisible by the same number. For example many of the names of Jesus have sums which are divisible by 8 (The Resurrection) and 37 (The Word).
Does God speak to you through numbers or by other means? What are you seeing and hearing?