I begin this post with a statement that the number 13 actually is neutral just like the other numbers. Bad or good numbers differs greatly between races, cultures, continents and some religions. The myth that stated the number 13 as bad luck strongly influenced by European/western culture.
So what actually Bible says about the number 13? Come on check this out:
When thinking about number 13, I always remember the story about how God destroyed Jericho for the children of Israel. Jericho might be the greatest obstacle/stronghold in the land of Canaan. This event also Joshua’s first debut as the leader of Israel.
To keep the story short, the children of Israel went around Jericho 13 times in total before they shout praises to the Lord and the walls fell down.
You shall march around the city, all the men of war going around the city once. Thus shall you do for six days.
Seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. On the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times, and the priests shall blow the trumpets.
And when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, when you hear the sound of the trumpet, then all the people shall shout with a great shout, and the wall of the city will fall down flat, and the people shall go up, everyone straight before him.”
Can you imagine what were the people of Jericho thinking from day one to six? They might think that the people of Israel already lost their mind for they found no way to entered the city. Anyway, if the number 13 was bad number, that is for the God’s opposition and certainly not the other way around.
Joseph was 17 years old when he was taken as a slave (Genesis 37:2) and He was 30 when Pharaoh put him in charge of Egypt (Genesis 41:46). So there was 13 years of ordeal in Joseph’s life.
These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was pasturing the flock with his brothers. He was a boy with the sons of Bilhah and Zilpah, his father’s wives. And Joseph brought a bad report of them to their father.
Joseph was thirty years old when he entered the service of Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh and went through all the land of Egypt.
When we see the 13 years ordeal, then it seems like a lot of bad luck. But when we see that as 13 years to be a Prime Minister, then it was really a quick way, wasn’t it?
Actually many references in the Bible about number 13, but like what I said before: all depends on the way we see it and all depends on our culture/tradition where we live on or where we were raised. If you want to check the other references here are the links:
I will give a few examples about another culture so you can understand what I mean. In Chinese culture the number four, pronounced as shi, the pronunciation very similar with shi that means “die”. So in Chinese culture, four is bad number. Moreover 46, pronounced shi liu, but often slipped as she lek that means “death”. The number 9 is perfect or lucky in Chinese, while in Jewish culture number 7 is perfect. One more, the number 1881 in Chinese means “never ending prosperity”.
I just compared two cultures, how if we compared all the cultures, what result will we found? So the most important is believing in God who created the numbers for the human to use. If we just believed in the numbers alone, then we being superstitious and we lived under this world’s yoke. Remember Jesus came so we may live and have it abundantly.
The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.