Lately, I’ve been learning to see patterns in the Scriptures. Like how the number four consistently relates to authority.
On the fourth day of creation the sun was given authority to rule the day, the moon to rule the night. (Gen 1:16)
The fourth son of Israel, Judah, was given authority to rule the people. (Gen 49:10)
The fourth plague on Egypt was the first one to not affect the Israelites, showing the Creator’s authority over His people. (Ex 8:22)
The fourth church of Revelation, Thatiyra, is the only one promised authority if they conquer and keep Messiah’s works until the end. (Rev 2:26-27)
The fourth commandment, the Sabbath, allows those who honor it to show God’s authority over all creation and to declare that He alone is the one who rescued us from slavery. (Ex 20:11, Deut 5:15)
“Above all you shall keep my Sabbaths, for this is a sign between me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I, YHWH, sanctify you.” (Exodus 31:13)