72 were sent out

“72” Were sent out in Christ name
Why “72”? And WHY are numbers in the bible signifient?
by: Patrick Miron

Luke 10: 1-5 “And after these things the Lord appointed also other seventy-two: and he sent them two and two before his face into every city and place whither he himself was to come. And he said to them: The harvest indeed is great, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he send labourers into his harvest. Go: Behold I send you as lambs among wolves. Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes; and salute no man by the way. Into whatsoever house you enter, first say: Peace be to this house.”

Anytime one encounters a number in the bible, it’s important to ask if the number itself has significance. This is based on Jewish Tradition where numbers often have a meaning of there own, known by all, and understood by all for who the teaching or message is immediately intended for.

“In sacred Scripture numbers usually have more significance than their quantitative indicators. More often than not, even when a number is used to indicate a certain quantity, the individual number given may point beyond the numerical value to a symbolic significance. At other times the number given is not to be taken literally and may represent an approximate value, a symbolic value, or may represent hyperbole-an exaggerated value. For example, the six day period of Creation may not be literal but may represent a symbolic period of time that was perfected on the seventh day when God rested-7 being one of the four “perfect” numbers. Or the number of the 144,000 heavenly souls marked with the “seal of the living God” in Revelation chapter 7 may suggest, as Bible scholars both ancient and modern have interpreted it, a number reflecting the symbolic perfection of redeemed man in terms of the “perfect” number 12 which signifies perfection of government in Scripture. 144,000 is the square of 12.”

http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/the%20significance%20of%20numbers%20in%20scripture.htm: Much additional information can be found on this web site.

ONE: In sacred Scripture “one,” ehad, in Hebrew, represents unity and is the quintessential number of monotheism, the worship of one God.

TWO: This number can mean difference, division or double portion.

THREE: In sacred Scripture the number three represents that which is solid, real, substantial, and something in its completeness. This number usually indicates something of importance or significance in God’s plan of salvation by identifying an important event in Salvation History. This number operates as a “sign-post” in Scripture study for the reader to “pay attention” to the significance of the next event.

 FOUR: The number four represents God’s creative works, especially works associated with the earth:

FIVE: This is the number of power and Divine grace.

SIX: Both man and the serpent were created on the sixth day, therefore, the number six represents both man and rebellion. In the Greek alphabet the number six is not represented by an alphabetic letter but is instead represented by a symbol called the “stigma.” In Revelation 13:18 the number of the Beast is written not as 666 but is instead is written with the Greek symbols for 600 and 60 and 6. In his book Numbers in Scripture, E.W. Bullinger observes that these three symbols correspond to first and last letters of the Greek word for Christ = CHRISTOS, with the symbol of the serpent in between the two other numbers of 666 [see Numbers in Scripture page 49]. Perhaps this arrangement can be seen to be Christ the Messiah crushing the serpent as God told the serpent in Genesis 3:15: I shall put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he will crush your head and you will strike its heel.

SEVEN: Spiritual perfection and fullness or completion. It is the number of Covenant and of the Holy Spirit.

EIGHT: sh’moneh in Hebrew, from the root shah’meyn “to make fat” or “to cover with fat” which means to super-abound. The first of a new series: there are seven days in a week; the 8th day is the beginning of a new series of days. It is the number of salvation, resurrection, and new birth/regeneration.

NINE: This number is related to the number six, being the sum of its factors (3×3=9, and 3+3=6). It is significant of the end of man and the sum of all man’s works. Nine is therefore the number of finality or judgment.

TEN: Perfection of divine order

ELEVEN: disorder: 10 + 1 or 12 – 1; also disorganization, lack of fulfillment, imperfection

TWELVE: Perfection of government. Twelve is the number of the Church, both the Old Covenant Church of Israel founded by twelve physical fathers (the twelve sons of Jacob-Israel) and the New Covenant Church founded by twelve spiritual fathers (the twelve Apostles). This number also has a relationship with multiples of twelve END QUOTES

So dear friends we can now understand the core message in the choice of using “72.” It does NOT necessarily means that Christ ACTUALLY chose “72” additional disciples, even though it might have been?

Here “72” represents [6x 12] = “72.” The “6” here represents both man, and mans natural tendency to rebel again change and authority. While the “12” represents both the responsibility and the necessary POWER of independent-“GOVERNANCE.”

The message then becomes that man [all mankind] is commanded by God, to “go forth and preach the [His] GOOD NEWS”; but the 6 x 12 lacks perfection and or competition, that the number “84” [7 x 12] would lend to the teaching. So the entirety of the message then is that this mandate becomes an ON-GOING; NEVER-ENDING task for humanity. It applied when Christ was here on earth, and it applies [perhaps even more urgently] to us today; to [1] Know the Good News; [2] to Live the Good News and to [3] SHARE the Good news as God grants us the opportunity to do so.

The “real-kicker” though is that the ability to KNOW the fullness of God’s “Good News“, and therefore the ability to share it [we can’t share what we ourselves do not have] resides exclusively within the confines of the Catholic Church.

Mt. 15:18-19 “And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven. And whatsoever thou shalt bind upon earth, it shall be bound also in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose upon earth, it shall be loosed also in heaven.”

Jn. 17:18-19 “As thou hast sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. And for them do I sanctify myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth”

Jn.20:21-22 “He said therefore to them again: Peace be to you. As the Father hath sent me, I also send you. When he had said this, he breathed on them; and he said to them: Receive ye the Holy Ghost.

Mk. 16:14-15 “At length he appeared to the eleven as they were at table: and he upbraided them with their incredulity and hardness of heart, because they did not believe them who had seen him after he was risen again. And he said to them: Go ye into the whole world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Mt. 28: 16-20 “And the eleven disciples went into Galilee, unto the mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And Jesus coming, spoke to them, saying: All power is given to me in heaven and in earth. Going therefore, teach ye all nations; baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world.”

And NOW dear friends, you know! Amen!


4 comments on “72 were sent out

  1. deception with patrick j miron learn the difference

    lost in space patrick j miron—“For such men are false apostles, facts or opinions
    here we go

    Protestant Theology & Catholic Doctrines
    Exposed to cover & discover the “Naked Truth“… Catholic responses to the Booklet: “Answers to my Catholic Friends” by Thomas F. Heinze … Part 5b
    A Catholic reply to Protestant “[mis]- Understandings” Part 5b

    A friendly word of caution to our non-Catholic friends

    2Cor.11:13 to 15 “For such men are false apostles,

    [NOTE: There can logically only be One Truth per precise issue.

    What are the odds that the truth didn’t happen for 1, 500 YEARS after the Bible had been written?] deceitful workmen,

    disguising themselves as apostles of Christ.

    And no wonder, for even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

    So it is not strange if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness.

    [Perhaps unknowingly]

    Their end will correspond to their deeds.”

    The Bible never infers that that any saints, living or dead, sympathize with us more than God does. …

    This is a irrelevant observation.

    Paul speaks directly to and about those he understands

    are doing all that is required to become saints.

    He praises there example and ask others to emulate them. Catholics do not so much prayer to Saints

    [as THROUGH them to God],

    NOT because they are more sympathetic than God;

    No, we Catholics pray THROUGH them because they STAND IN THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD,

    and then add to our prayers, there own on our behalf.]

    Heb. 12: 1 “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, [SAINTS in heaven] let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”

    Tob.12: 15 “I am Raphael, one of the seven holy [Arch] angels [Saints and Angels are considered here to be of similar class] who present the prayers of the saints and enter into the presence of the glory of the Holy One.”

    2 Tim. 1: 16-18 Paul Prays for the dead: 16 May the Lord grant mercy to the household of Onesiphorus, for he often refreshed me; he was not ashamed of my chains, but when he arrived in Rome he searched for me eagerly and found me– may the Lord grant him to find mercy from the Lord on that Day–and you well know all the service he rendered at Ephesus.”

    1Mac.12:11 “We therefore remember you constantly on every occasion, both in our feasts and on other appropriate days, at the sacrifices which we offer and in our prayers, as it is right and proper to remember brethren”

    Christ Himself tells us to whom we should pray.
    Matt.7:7-8 “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.

    Do Protestants Believe in the Saints ? Yes BUT, not the same understanding of the term as Catholics have.

    WHY don’t Protestants pray to saints? …

    Because the bible tells us not too [“because they are idols.”]

    “To answer the Catholic argument that “saints do answer prayers” with miracles,

    we must respond that spiritual manifestations

    [including miracles]

    can come from two different places:

    God, or the Devil and his demons.” …

    Patrick j miron opinion and commentary delusion




    These same powers and authority granted to the Apostles continue to flow through His one Church in order to fulfill God’s mandate to “teach the whole world”

    Mt. 28:19-20. …John 17: 18-19 “As thou didst send me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. [WITH MY GODLY POWERS AND AUTHORITY]

    And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be consecrated in truth”

    We shall begin our Catholic Response; exposing “The NAKED TRUTH”.

    God and truth are on the side of the only set of Faith beliefs found in the New Covenant ; for the newly “Chosen People” of His one and only Catholic Church, with His One and only One, set of faith beliefs.

    FACTS: according to patrick j miron opinion

    and commentary— singular—

    1. Only Peter and the CC through him have been GRANTED the “keys” [ALL THAT IS NECESSARY for one’s own salvation] by Jesus Himself in person…Matt. 16:15-19

    2. The term “church” was first introduced by Jesus Himself in Matt. 16:18 “And I [Jesus] tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church,” [SINGULAR]

    3. Therefore it is a FACT that every reference to “church and churches” contained in the Bible, must and Do reference ONLY to today’s Catholic Church. The ONLY “church” in the entire world when the bible was completely written.

    4. No where in the entire Bible, either explicitly or implicitly did God EVER approve of ANY set of teachings, or ANY “other church or Faith” other than the RCC [and the 23 branches aligned with Her]

    5. Therefore what Thomas and protestant denominations seem to have done is violate the very code of the Bible, by denial of God’s actual and real teaching, or simply not understanding them, and proliferate “faiths” designed by mortal men, based on convenience, ease of worship, and ONLY human-logic; who it appears think that they know more; or know better than Jesus Christ Himself. The ONLY set of faith beliefs actually given by God, Inspired by God, Protected by God and warranted by Jesus Himself. Mt. 16:15-19; Mt. 28:16-20; John 14:16-17; John 17:15-19; and John 20:19-22… And in John 15 and 19 Jesus specifically transfers His Power and His Authority to His CC; and never; ever to anyone else can this be said of. “As the Father has sent ME; so to I God send YOU!” “My Catholic] Church“.

    6. For more than ONE THOUSAND YEARS the only Christian-“church” that existed was today’s Catholic Church.

    7. The NT alone provides more than One HUNDRED proofs of Only One God; Only His One set of beliefs, in and through His only One Catholic Church. And YES, I can provide the list.

    John.10: 16 “And I have other sheep, that are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will heed my voice

    . So there shall be one flock, one shepherd”

    Eph. 4: 1-7 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of us all, who is above all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift.”

    Eph. 2:19-20 “So then you are no longer strangers and sojourners, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

    [SINGULAR] built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord; [SINGULAR] in whom you also are built into it for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit.”

    Eph. 3: 9-10 “And to make all men see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;

    that through the church [SINGULAR] the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places.

    This was according to the eternal purpose which he has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord,

    So my friends how are we to respond to this level of misunderstandings?

    There can be and there is only one singular truth.

    God and logic permits only one truth per issue.

    With God’s assistance with we shall present it with charity, and clarity, these truths as taught By Christ Himself and allow you to decide who shares the singular truth.

    We’ll tackle this task by topic,

    so that one can gain a right [fully supported by the Bible],

    understanding of the Catholic Position; which is defacto: GOD”S ONLY POSITION.

  2. patrick j miron how to Annoy – human error and incorrect understanding

    Any and All evidence of a seemingly contradictive

    statement is PROOF POSITIVE of human error

    of and incorrect understanding.

    So how does one then resolve such apparent conflicts of theology, doctrine and understanding will become our first priority to explain.

    Consider the following points carefully and prayerfully.

    Logic itself assures that God would have anticipated this potential problem of wrong understanding, in the course of human-secular history, and would have Himself provided the answer.

    Logic also confirms that for every precisely defined issue there

    can only be One single truth.

    The First element of truth to be exposed has two key elements:
    1. Never in the recorded history of the God-man relationship,

    has God even one time indicated that He God would approve of any alternative Faith beliefs

    not taught by Him personally

    ; or Inspired and fully protected by the Holy Spirit.

    If anyone did chosen to teach a different Faith., such actions were often the impetus for swift and severe rebukes by God.

    While after 2,000 years there remains ONLY One Catholic Church, [23 braches], all sharing the same,

    One set of commonly held faith beliefs;

    our Protestant brethren have a HUGE number of differing sets of faith beliefs, often within the same denomination

  3. Who can spot a deceiver?

    From the documentary, “The Human Face. Part 1: Face to Face” (BBC – 2001)

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