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Fell/Face/Ground Word Study

Written by Elizabeth Avallone. Posted in

While reading 1 Samuel about the capture of the Ark of the Covenant by the Philistines I was prompted to make a study of the word group 'fell'-'face'- 'ground', "h5307", "h6440","h776". I found nine verses, all in the Old Testament, in which these three words are used together. Is the number nine significant? According to E. W. Bullinger, an authority on biblical numbers, “'nine' is the last of the digits, and thus marks the end; and is significant of the conclusion of a matter. It is akin to the number six, six being the sum of its factors (3x3=9, and 3+3=6), and is thus significant of the end of man, and the summation of all man's works. Nine is, therefore, THE NUMBER OF FINALITY OR JUDGMENT, for judgment is committed unto Jesus as 'the Son of man' (John 5:27; Acts 17:31). It marks the completeness, the end and issue of all things as to man—the judgment of man and all his works.” – Number in Scripture

Below I have listed the nine verses.

1. Joshua worships Yeshua:
He said, "No; rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the LORD." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my Lord to say to his servant?" Jos 5:14
2. Joshua worships Yeshua when disaster strikes:
Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell to the earth on his face before the ark of the LORD until the evening, both he and the elders of Israel; and they put dust on their heads. Jos 7:6
3. Samson's parents worship God after getting the revelation about Samson's birth:
For it came about when the flame went up from the altar toward heaven, that the angel of the LORD ascended in the flame of the altar. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell on their faces to the ground. Judges 13:20
4. Ruth honors Boaz who is a type of Yeshua:
Then she fell on her face, bowing to the ground and said to him, "Why have I found favor in your sight that you should take notice of me, since I am a foreigner?" Ruth 2:10
5. The Philistine 'god' must worship the real God:
When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set him in his place again. 1 Sam 5:3
6. Again the Philistine 'god' must worship the real God:
But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 1 Sam 5:4

7. In death Goliath finally worships the real God:
And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. 1 sam 17:49
8. Abigail honored David, a type of Yeshua:
When Abigail saw David, she hurried and dismounted from her donkey, and fell on her face before David and bowed herself to the ground. 1 Sam 25:23
9. Joab honored David, a type of Yeshua:
Joab fell on his face to the ground, prostrated himself and blessed the king; then Joab said, "Today your servant knows that I have found favor in your sight, O my lord, the king, in that the king has performed the request of his servant." 2 Sam 14:22
We can learn many things from this collection of verses. Notice that in two of these verses the entity who worships God is not a human being – it is a demon-god represented by a statue. Who caused the statue to fall down twice? Does God have a sense of humor? Notice in example #7 God enables David to destroy Goliath who falls to his death in the posture of worship, and then in the next two examples David himself receives that same posture of worship – one of the many clues that he is a type and shadow of the coming Messiah. These verses help us understand that Yeshua is King of all kings and Lord of all lords (gods) .Since the number nine is associated with the conclusion of a matter, or the end of man, or the summation of all man's works is it our ultimate duty to fall on our face to the ground and worship our Creator?

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