Do you have a favorite number? Why is it your favorite? I’ve always been intrigued by the number 3 but not sure why. I’ve always thought it must be an important number since God exists in 3 persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And Jesus’ Transfiguration was witnessed by his 3 disciples, Peter, James and John. And, Jesus praying 3 times in the garden of Gethsemane before his arrest; being nailed to the cross at the 3rd hour; buried for 3 days and 3 nights. God is described in Revelation 1: 4 as “Who is, Who was, and Who is to come”.
There’s also the 3 Stooges; 3 Musketeers; Peter,Paul and Mary; 3 Amigos; Kukla, Fran and Ollie (giving my age away with that one).
According to the Pythagorean School, the number 3 is the noblest of all the digits. The number 3 signifies completion or perfection, unity.
When I hear the number 3 I often think of the Trinity and the fact that 3 children together have a hard time getting along.
Those 2 thoughts seem to be at the opposite ends of the spectrum but perhaps there’s more to it. Maybe they help us understand God better. We are to have the faith of a child’s but 3 children together often have a hard time getting along. Yet God exists in 3 persons, each Person equally God, eternally God, fully God, completely equal in essence, each possessing fully and simultaneously the identically same, divine nature. But isn’t that what you’d expect from a real God, doing the seemingly difficult things of life effortlessly and naturally. Relationships within the Godhead are a very natural thing yet so challenging and at times seemingly impossible to mere mortal men.
So, the thing natural to God, relationships, is a struggle for man/woman. And the thing natural to man/woman, original sin, is impossible for God. Makes you wonder why we want to be the gods of our own lives doesn’t it!