This Months Blog
Hodge Podge Blog by Rev. Ken Nowaczewski
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“Let go and let God” is no “joke”.
Numbers are important to the Bible, not just the 666.
Distinct books with 1, 189 individual chapters containing 31, 102 verses.
I’m talking symbolism – numerology – as it is called.
Numbers like 3 and 7 and 40 among others have been given theological meaning over time.
One of the most significant number is 12.
When you see the number 12 in the Bible, think completeness or wholesome.
For example: there are 12 tribes of ancient Egypt; and Jesus choose 12 disciples; and the heavenly city is portrayed as having 12 gates; and the Jewish high priest wore a decretive breastplate with 12 precious stones.
Breaking free from the Biblical text, we find the apostles creed with 12 articles of faith; there are 12 days of Christmas; and 12 month a year; and 12 signs of the zodiac; and 12 imams who descended from Mohammed; 12 Greek Olympians; and today the European Union flag is a blue field with 12 field with 12 Golden stars. Twelve is universal, found in almost every culture around the world.
Centuries from now, when archeologists uncover the remnants of American society, they will find our unique contribution to the number 12. They will uncover a giant blue book. The cover will read: the basic text for Alcoholics Anonymous and in this book, they will find the 12 steps first written down by Bill Wilson in 1939. Bill was something of a Wall Street sensation, but he drank heavily. Before long, his alcoholism led to his downfall. The poster child for self-destruction. Bill finally came to the end of the line, and cried out ”I’ll do anything if there be a God, let Him show Himself”.
Bill claims that his prayer was immediately answered. He experienced a spiritual awakening and never drank again. His physician said to him, “something has happened to you that I don’t understand, but you had better hang on to it”. Hang onto it he did and with Dr. Robert Smith, the two founded Alcoholics Anonymous. Today there are millions who use the 12 Steps for everything from eating disorders and gambling, to recovery from narcotic dependence ad sexual addiction and, yes, even meditating. Bill Wilsons insights have proven so successful, so lasting because they encapsulate true Spirituality. There must be an acknowledgement of our limited abilities followed by a “vital spiritual experience” of the surrender to a Higher Power. Therefore, I believe 12 will reach centuries into the future, for they are rooted in the greatest traditions of the past.
“Let go and let God, we will be transformed.”
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