The Mystery of the 17th! | I Gordon

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There are lots of little “gems” in the Bible and this is just one of them that I thought you would enjoy. And what is a Biblical “gem”? I call a Biblical gem a statement within the Bible that provides some specific information that can be easily overlooked as not of any significant importance, until one looks a little deeper. Some of you may recall this “gem” from an earlier post of mine but I thought it was worth repeating. And don’t let the Introduction below throw you off, click on the source link and go a little deeper . . .


This study looks at one of the favourite stories of any half decent Sunday school… Noah’s Ark! Unlike Sunday school however, I have decided to not focus so much on all the animals coming two by two into the ark. Sorry if that is what you were after. But I do have a good excuse… You see, when we get to the New Testament we find Noah’s Ark spoken of as a type of Christ and His resurrection. Here is the scripture I’m talking about:

1 Peter 3:20-21 “…God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, 21 and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.”

So Peter saw in Noah’s ark, and specifically in it passing through the waters, a symbol of salvation and our baptism into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Ok, so far so good! So let’s have a look a closer look at Noah’s ark, it’s type of Christ and specifically something I have called ‘the mystery of the 17th’ (which at this stage will purposefully remain somewhat, well, mysterious…)

To read the rest of this “gem” please click on the highly recommended source link directly below:


    • Hi Bruce , my name Thomas Burrows and I too love the Lord with all my heart , soul, and mind. Still working on loving my neighbor as myself. Saw your comments on the mystery of 17 and have read JPN’s article. By the way , those two in New Zealand are amazing . To add to your info . I have a book that I believe the Holy Spirit brought me called Biblical Mathmatics by Ed Vallowe. When you read Ed’s book you realize that he too loved the Lord. Getting to the number 17. 17 is the 7th prime number. 1,3,5,7,11,13,17 seventeen meaning victory. Look at six or man’s number without Christ and the 6th prime number is 13 which is a number for destruction. Getting back to 17 Mathisalah’s age, the age He had Lamech and the time Lamech lived after Noah was born are all divisible by 17 which is the only preflood patriarch which this is true. 17 is Joseph’s age when sold for slavery. Jacob lived in Egypt 17 years once he was reunited to Joesph. Jeromiah was told to buy land from his nephew for 17 sheckles. Which he prayed about, because Nebocanesor had just concurred Jerusalem. This prayer was the 17th prayer Jeromiah has listed in his book , then no other prayer is listed in the book o Jeromiah. This number was used in past and maybe used in the future. What an amazing Lord we have as our Father.


      • Hi Thomas, thank you for touching base with me and all the info you sent. I agree with you that there are too many particular numbers utilized throughout the Bible not to have some meaning associated with their use. I will take a look at the title and author you quoted and see if I can get a hold of a copy. Once again, thank you for reaching out and may God bless you and yours.


  1. I as a rule do not go to a link from a site when they say go to this next link…some doctor sites do that and you have to click and click. Also spam always wants you to click. So I don’t do that.
    I hope what you said as good. I will have to take your word for it.

    As for the nugget of Jesus being the ark, or his salvation being such or him being the door etc. the Ark was a good allegory for Peter to use.


    • I can understand and appreciate your hesitancy Scott and that’s obviously your decision. Pity though, because this particular source link is really an outstanding resource and the author’s (Ian Gordon) observation that Peter saw the ark as a symbol of our baptism with Christ, is MERELY THE PRECURSOR to the indicated mystery of the 17th of Nisan. Have yourself a blessed day Scott!

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  2. so good! thank you for sharing it Bruce
    God is beyond amazing!
    “It is the glory of God to conceal things, but the glory of kings to search things out” Proverbs 25:2


  3. Yes, it is a gem Bruce. God is such a precise God and we do not quite understand or maybe even believe the truth behind the saying “God’s timing is perfect”


    • Hi Gary, yes it is amazing and yet, this barely scratches the surface, which is, in itself, even more amazing. I can’t help but believe that someday, when we no longer see through a glass darkly, we will be literally speechless or maybe just praising God like never before. Blessings to you and yours Gary.


  4. Nisan 17, Noah’s Ark rested on Mt. Ararat (Gen 8:4) The seventh month later designated becomes the first month. (Ex. 12:2).
    Nisan 17, Hebrews entered Egypt (Ex 12:40-41)
    Nisan 17, Moses parts the Red Sea (Ex 3:18, 5:3)
    Nisan 17, Israel entered the Promised Land and also the walls of Jericho fall (Joshua 5:10-12)
    Nisan 17, The cleansing of the Temple by Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29:1-28)
    Nisan 17, Queen Esther saved the Jews from Haman (Esther 3:12, 5:1)
    Nisan 17, The Resurrection of Christ


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