Thursday, January 28, 2021

January 28

Some days, I can read my Bible and get an immediate message, even if I’ve only read a few verses. Other days I need to read several chapters with stops along the way to chew on things that the Holy Spirit highlights. Of course, today was one of those chapter days where I find myself falling into a rabbit hole, only this hole has answers and significance, but you have to dig a little deeper to figure out what it is. The funny thing is, today, I asked God to open my eyes to more details, and now I wish I had left that door closed. Sometimes you regret answered prayers, though I don’t regret this answered prayer; it only opened the door to more questions. Here is one of the questions: What is the significance of 153 fish in John 21:11?

So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 

Some days I wish I had better mathematical skills. After typing that question into my search bar and choosing the most reliable source, I found that 153 is a triangle number... okay? If you add the numbers individually, like 1+2+3... through 17, it equals 153... okay? There’s more, but you’ll have to look it up if it interests you. Does this number have a hidden meaning? You bet it does!! More than one! The basic meaning of this verse is Jesus’s disciples need to go and teach all the world about him, and he would haul in those fish without breaking the net. You can dig deep for hidden meanings, but sometimes you need to stick to the basics of loving God and loving people. I feel that I’m leaving this incomplete, but if you want to learn more, do a quick search, and you’ll see what I mean.

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