Biblical number 7 on prayer beads
The number 7 holds significant meaning in both Christian and Jewish traditions, as it is considered to be God's number and symbolizes spiritual perfection. This is why prayer beads are often made in sets of 7 beads.
In the Bible, God created the world in 7 days and rested on the 7th day, which was then sanctified as a day of rest. The church calendar also has 7 seasons: Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Lent, Easter, Pentecost, and Ordinary Time.
The Book of Revelation mentions the number 7 frequently, such as John's mention of his letter being addressed to 7 churches (Rev. 1:4). In John's Gospel, Jesus declares "I am" 7 times, each time revealing a different aspect of his divine nature:
1. "I am the bread of life" (John 6:35, 48)
2. "I am the light of the world" (John 8:12; 9:5)
3. "I am the gate for the sheep" (John 10:7)
4. "I am the good shepherd" (John 10:11, 14)
5. "I am the resurrection and the life" (John 11:25)
6. "I am the way, the truth, and the life" (John 14:6)
7. "I am the true vine" (John 15:1, 5)
The number 7 serves as a reminder of God's perfection and the divine nature of Jesus, and is a symbol of hope and spiritual fulfillment for believers.