Mitzvot (as good deeds) are set at 248 to Do; 365 Not To do. Most prominent in the 5 Books of Moses are the 10 Commandments. Yet within the context of these 5 books are another 603 commandments. Many can be followed. Among those that cannot be followed are those having to do with the service at the Holy Temple. It is no longer standing. The question for today’s blog is why the specific numbers of 248 and 365.
MITZVOT ARE SET BY THE ANCIENT CANON OF MEASURES
Jay Hambidge discovered a canon of measures in antiquity. This was at the turn of the 1900’s. They were derived by multiplying the basic Egyptian remen by successive square roots of whole numbers of 2,3,4,5,6……The number used for its square root to determine the measure varied by civilization. This remen measures 1.2165….feet. John Michell clearly discusses the canon of measures in his book, City of Revelation.
Here’s a List Some of the Measures in the Canon By Feet
1.2165 feet = 1 remen
1.2165 feet x √2 = 1.72 feet – one royal cubit
1.2165 feet x √3 = 2.107 feet- one Palestinian cubit
1.2165 feet x √4 = 2.43 feet – one Roman pace
1.2165 feet x √5 = 2.72 feet – one megalithic yard etc., up to…
1.2165 feet x √9 = 3.65 feet…
So where are the numbers 248 and 365? Right above this paragraph, we see the 365 for the negative commandments. However, 243 number of the Roman pace (see above) is 5 short of 248 number for positive commandments. “Five”, represented by the Hebrew letter “hei” had a special meaning when added to a name in the Bible. In many middle eastern languages letters doubled as numbers. In contrast, today in most languages, numbers have one symbol and letters have another. When “hei” as number five was added to a name, as a symbol, it represented coming to know “God.” The sentiment still survives in the expression “give me five.” In music it is immortalized by Paul Desmond’s “Take Five.” Before Abraham came to know God, his name was “Avram”. It had a numerical equivalent of 243: Just like the numbers of the pace, 2.43 feet. After he recognized the one true God, a “hei” (5) was added to his name. In the words of Rabbi Munk: The Zohar states: “Heaven and earth were created in the merit of Abraham, for Abraham’s future recognition of God as the Creator.”
Thus, we can see how the sequence of whole numbers in the canon of ancient measures are connected to the Mitzvot of the Torah as 365 (from the square root of 9 x 1 remen); and Roman pace with five added (from the square root of 4 x 1 remen + 5).
- Measurement was considered sacred.
- The same system as the Ancient Canon of Measures gauged not only ancient temples, but even numbered types of commandments in the Bible.
- This grand vision of unity was once shared by mankind. Hopefully, this peaceful vision of grand unity can be revived.