wy Sixteen (yod-vav)
To write sixteen in Hebrew, they wrote two Hebrew letters: yod-vav.
These signify the hand (outworking) of the nail, which joins the hearts of
two people as one.
Sixteen is the number of love. It was because of the love of God that
Jesus was nailed to the cross for the sin of the world. The cross
manifested the love of God for all mankind. John 3:16 says,
16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten
Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but
have eternal life.
In the great “Love Chapter” of 1 Cor. 13:4-8, Paul lists sixteen
characteristics of love.
Love is patient (1), love is kind (2), and is not jealous (3);
love does not brag (4) and is not arrogant (5),
does not act
unbecomingly (6); it does not seek its own (7), is not
provoked (8), does not take into account a wrong suffered
does not rejoice in unrighteousness (10), but rejoices
with the truth (11); 7
bears all things, (12) believes all things
(13), hopes all things (14), endures all things (15).
never fails (16).
In the tabernacle of Moses, there were 16 sockets of silver to hold up
the 8 boards on each side. Ex. 26:25 says,
25 And there shall be eight boards with their sockets of silver,
sixteen sockets; two sockets under one board and two sockets
under another board.
The sockets held the boards in place and gave the tabernacle
stability. But today God indwells us. We are His temple, or tabernacle.
Paul alludes to this in Eph. 3:17-19,
17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and
that you, being rooted and grounded in love [the sockets],
may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the
breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the
stries.netlove of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be
filled up to all the fullness of God.
The 16th time Noah is mentioned is in Gen. 7:9,
there went into the ark to Noah by twos, male and female,
as God had commanded Noah.
Does this not speak of love and marriage? Even all the animals went
in “by twos, male and female.” The 16th time Abram is mentioned is in
Gen. 12:16, where Pharaoh loved Sarah and took her into his harem. The
book of John uses the Greek word agape (“divine love”) precisely 16