There is a special significance placed on certain numbers by the Jewish people. In the Jewish world-view, numbers have symbolic and significant meanings. For example, the number 7, number 12, and number 40 are considered symbolic. In our modern world, some Bible interpreters gave symbolic interpretation to certain numbers based on the way they were used, their context and their frequency of use.
I personally believe that some numbers are in God’s word for a symbolic purpose because they convey special message and significance.
Patrick Fairbairn said:
"If God has given all things their significance, and defined their bounds according to time, space, power, and number, and if He has appointed certain measurements to regulate things and times, Biblical numbers must be symbolical, and be worthy of our study; …."
The number 10 has a symbolic meaning in the scriptures. In his book, Number in Scripture, E. W. Bullinger suggested that “10 was the number of divine perfection.” According to him, “the “evidence” for this is that there are 10 commandments (Exodus 20:1-17); there were 10 plagues on Egypt; and so on.”
Someone also said, “That ten is one of the perfect numbers, and signifies the perfection of Divine order, commencing, as it does, an altogether new series of numbers. The first decade is the representative of the whole numeral system, and originates the system of calculation called "decimals," because the whole system of numeration consists of so many tens, of which the first is a type of the whole. Completeness of order, marking the entire round of anything, is, therefore, the ever-present signification of the number ten. It implies that nothing is wanting; that the number and order are perfect; that the whole cycle is complete.”—Author unknown
The number 10 is very significant in scriptures. Let me remind you of a few of the references:
1. The 10 commandments was given (Exodus 20)
2. The curtains in the tabernacle had 10 linen (Exodus 26:1).
3. The silver sockets which formed the foundation of the Tabernacle were 10 x 10 (Exodus 38:27).
4. Noah completed the antediluvian age in the 10th generation from God (Gen 9)
5. The Lord’s prayers is completed in 10 clauses
6. The Tithes represents the tenth of what is due from us to God. Malachi 3:10
7. Fire came down from heaven 10 times, 6 of them were in judgment (Genesis 19:24, Leviticus 9:24, Leviticus 10:2, Numbers 11:1, Numbers 16:35, 1 Kings 18:38, 2 Kings 1:10, 2 Kings 1:12, 1 Chronicles 21:26, 2 Chronicles 7:1)
8. The parable of the 10 virgins denotes those who have waited for God
9. There are 10 “I Am’s” of Jesus. E.g., I Am the bread of life, I Am the light of the world. (John 6:35, 41, 51; 8:12, 18; 10:7,9, 14; 14:6; 15:1,5).
10. There are 10 generations from Noah to Abraham
11. There are 10 plagues used by God against Pharaoh. Exodus 9:14
12. The Redemption money was ten gerahs. Exodus 30:12-16; Numbers 3:47
13. Abraham's faith was proved by a completed cycle of ten trials
14. Ten Times the People Shouted for Joy. (Leviticus 9:24; Joshua 6:20, 1 Samuel 4:5, 1 Samuel 10:24,1 Samuel 17:20, 1 Samuel 17:52, 2 Samuel 6:15; (1Chronicles 15:28), 2 Chronicles 13:15, 2 Chronicles 15:14, Ezra 3:11)
15. The righteous curses of God are completed in a series of ten. (Genesis 3:14, 15, Genesis 3:17, Genesis 4:11, Genesis 9:25, Joshua 6:17, Joshua 6:28, Joshua 7:12, Joshua 9:23, Judges 9:57, 1 Kings 16:34, Mark 11:21)
16. There are 10 parables of the Kingdom in the Gospel of Matthew.
17. The security of the saints is presented in ten. Romans 8:38-39.
18. 10 Brothers (Genesis 42:3)
19. 10 Cubits (Exodus 26:16)
20. 10 Years (Ruth 1:4)
21. 10 Loaves (1 Samuel 17:17)
22. 10 Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13)
23. 10 Talents (Matthew 25:28)
24. 10 Lepers that were cured by Jesus (Luke 17:11-19)
25. 10 Minas (Luke 19:12-27)
26. 10 Horns (Revelation 12:3)
27. 10 are expressive or typify something: Daniel 1:20; Amos 5:3; Daniel 7:7-24; Luke 19:16-24.
While this day is symbolic, I want to us to know that everyday is the day of the Lord and each day is sacred unto him. This Bible says: (Psa 118:24 NIV) This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
The main focus of the significance of today is perfection and completion. May God help all of us to be complete in every area of our lives in Jesus name. The Bible says, (Hab 3:2 NIV) LORD, I have heard of your fame; I stand in awe of your deeds, O LORD. Renew them in our day, in our time make them known; in wrath remember mercy.