Lately, Proverbs 3:16 has been quoted often:
Length of days is in her (Wisdom’s) right hand, in her left hand are riches and honor.
Most of us know the first verse of the Bible I remember memorizing:
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
Well, I decided to see what the 3:16’s in the other books of the Bible had to say. I immediately found not all of them have a 3:16, but this is what I have found, starting with the Old Testament:
Genesis 3:16 God told the woman about the pain and sorrow in childbirth she’d now experience and that her husband will rule over her; the curse brought on by sin.
Exodus 3:16 God sends Moses to the Israelites to let them know He has heard their cry and will bring them out of the affliction of Egypt into the land of Canaan.
Leviticus 3:16 tells of the burnt offering being a sweet aroma to the Lord.
Numbers 3:16 Moses numbered the people according to the word of the Lord as he was commanded.
Deuteronomy 3:16 describes the land borders allotted to the tribes of Reuben and Gad in the new land and Joshua 3:16 the waters of the Jordan being cut off for the Israelites to cross over, led by Joshua .
Judges 3:16 Ehud makes himself a dagger and fastens it under his clothes to kill the wicked king of Moab to free the Israelites.
1 Samuel 3:16 Eli called Samuel to him in the morning to see what the Lord had said to him. 1 Kings 3:16 begins with the two women who were harlots, the first show of Solomon’s Godly wisdom.
2 Kings is in the midst of Moab rebelling against Israel, while 1 Chronicles 3:15 is in the middle of listing the lineage of Solomon. 2 Chronicles 3:15 is in the midst of the account of the building of Solomon’s temple, Nehemiah 3:15 in the midst of rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem as the Israelites are coming out of captivity.
Job 3:16 Job asks why he wasn’t hidden like a stillborn child who never saw the light, Ecclesiastes 3:16 Solomon saw under the sun wickedness in place of judgement, iniquity in place of righteousness and Isaiah 3:16 is just shy of being the shortest verse: “Moreover the Lord says:”…
Jeremiah 3:16 is in the midst of a call to repentance, while Ezekiel 3:16 begins the prophet’s call as a watchman for the house of Israel. Daniel 3: 16 Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego are about to be thrown into the fiery furnace and Nahum 3:16 tells of the woes God is sending to Nineveh. Habakkuk 3:16 prefaces the “Hymn of Faith” Tho’ the fig tree fails to blossom and no fruit be on the vine… Zephaniah 3:16 “In that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: “Do not fear Zion, let not your hands be weak.” – for the Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One will save.
Praise and thanks be to God! the Old Testament finishes out with hope:
Malachi 3:16: Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, and the Lord listened and heard them; so a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who meditate on His name. In other words, in these verses we are shown our need for the Savior and God’s plan to send the Savior,which comes out of His love for His creation.
I end with this week’s part of my Psalm 91 study:
Psalm 91:5a You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
This promise of protection covers us from every evil known to man. Violence is committed in order to frighten and/or to achieve power. If we choose to trust God’s promises in verses 1-4, we can wield the power of faith to overcome all the power of all fear from the enemy included in “terror by night”. Peggy Joyce says: “Faith is just the choice to receive what Jesus has already done. Fear comes when we think we are responsible for bringing about this protection ourselves; it’s the opposite of faith.” Our part is to believe God’s truth is stronger than the fear and speak out His promises of protection.