Chapter 119 of Psalms, the longest chapter of the Bible, which follows Psalm 118, the middle
chapter of the Bible, is the only chapter in the Bible that has the entire Hebrew alphabet
listed one letter at a time as a heading for each subsection of the chapter.
In my opinion, this places strong emphasis on the alphabet, and hence on the approach of alphabetics,
which studies words in their alphabetical context in lexicons and dictionaries.
One of the primary tools of alphabetics is to consider words in vicinity of a given
word. This idea of vicinity is also emphasized by this 'center of the Bible'
phenomenon. The chapter immediately before Psalm 118 is the shortest chapter,
and the chapter immediately after is the longest chapter.
Years before I ever knew of this 'center of the Bible' chapter, and before I discovered the
alphabetics phenomenon, I was led by the Lord to uncover the chiastic
structure of Psalm 118. The date of this discovery was April 6, 1993. April 6 is
revered by some as not only the date of the resurrection of the Lord, but also of his birth.
Hence, for me, the discovery of the chiasms of this chapter on this date, which chapter ends up
being the center chapter of the Bible, places further emphasis on the Savior as the one worthy of
our focused attention.
Just now, I thought to use alphabetics to look up 1187, 1188, and 1189. Remember,
1189 is the number of total chapters in the Bible. 1188 is related Psalm 118:8 mentioned
above (not the middle verse of that chapter).
Word 1188 in Zodhiates' New Testament Lexicon
1188 dexios Right as opposed to left, right hand or side. In the case of
division and apportionment, the right hand is chosen as that which comes first.
In our context, this definition becomes fascinating as it mentions "division and
apportionment" which is what we are doing in dividing the total number of chapters in the
Bible in half. Then, to mention "right hand" and "left hand" in this
context is likewise amazing in that the right-hand chapter, or Psalm 119 is the largest and
the left-hand chapter, or Psalm 117 is the smallest.
Word 1187, the word before it, is derived from word 1188. Likewise, the message of Psalm
117 is found in Psalm 118 as well.
Word 1189 [1189 is the total number of chapters in the Bible] in the NT lexicon is defined:
1189 deomai Deomai, by some construed as pass. and meaning to be reduced
to want, is perhaps more correctly to be regarded as in the mid. voice, meaning to lack for
oneself, to need. Hence in the NT to make one's need known, to beseech, ask.
Ask-receive is one of the primary themes of scripture, and is certainly in harmony with Psalm
118:8 "It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."
There is an alphabetics link here that makes this word definition even more appropriate.
The first synonym Zodhiates lists for word 1189 is
1189 Syn: chrezo (5535), to have need.
That word is found on page 1480 of Zodhiates NT lexicon. 1480 is the gametric
value of the Greek word for Christ, Christos. Also on that page is word 5532,
which is related to word 5535 and is given as the antonym for word 888. 888 is the gametric
value of the Greek word for Jesus, Iesous. So word 1189, which is the number
of chapters in the Bible, by alphabetics techniques, links to Jesus Christ as the one who supplies
our need. Not bad! [See extensive write-up on 888