Why 10? WHY NOT 12, 15, OR 24?

March 17, 2020

Greetings Love For His People ministry readers.

I find it very, very interesting that the number of “recommended” people who would gather together in America and elsewhere in the nations be no more than 10.

Why 10? Why not 12, or 15? I actually like the number 24, which used to be the NASCAR driver number of Jeff Gordon. I know, who or what is NASCAR many may now ask?! And the answer is: race cars! Which like all other sporting events these days they have been canceled – there are no racing events. Canceled due to…fear of the unknown.

I looked up the number 10, knowing that my Jewish friends need a total of 10 men to form a prayer group, or minyan as the Hebrew word says. You can read below, from the website Aish.com.

At least the government will still allow a minyan to gather. Prayer is so needed in our nations, as we look to God and not man. Hopefully.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin Founder/President Love For His People ministry in Charlotte, NC USA

Men in prayer at the Western Wall (Kotel) in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel
Photo by Steve Martin October 2019


Minyan of Ten

I was involved in a discussion with a friend and a question came up that we had no answer to: Why does a minyan have 10 people? What is the significance?

The Aish Rabbi Replies:

Ten people for a minyan is derived from a passage in the Torah.

Upon leaving Egypt, Moses appointed 12 men to spy out the land of Israel to see what the land was like. Upon their return, 10 of the men falsely reported that Israel was “a land that devours its inhabitants.” This report caused a national hysteria. The remaining two spies, Joshua and Caleb, did not join in with the lies of the other 10.

The 10 spies enraged God, who decreed that the Jews must wander in the desert for 40 years. Upon spelling out the decree, God said, “How long will this evil assembly provoke complaints against me?” (Numbers 14:26 and Rashi) The word “assembly” refers to the 10 spies.

The Talmud infers that just as here the word “assembly” refers to 10 people, so too a minyan – which is an assembly – also requires 10 people.

There you have it – simple Talmudic logic! Aish.com

Western Wall (Kotel) plaza in the Old City of Jerusalem, Israel
Photo by Steve Martin. October 2019

In Judaism, a minyan (Hebrew: מניין \ מִנְיָן minyán [minˈjan]lit. (noun) count, number; pl. מניינים \ מִנְיָנִים minyaním [minjaˈnim]) is the quorum of ten Jewish adults required for certain religious obligations. In more traditional streams of Judaism, only men may constitute a minyan; in more modern (non-Orthodox) streams women are also counted. Wikepedia

The most common activity requiring a minyan is public prayer. Accordingly, the term minyan in contemporary Judaism has taken on the secondary meaning of referring to a prayer service.

In 2016 I published my book entitled simply “12”. Here is what you will find in it.

“When it came time to title this book, I knew it was no coincidence that this is my 12th published work. I count it very special. Not only is this book my 12th, but there have been other “12s” in my life. I live at our house location with the street numbers “12120”. My favorite NASCAR driver was “24” – of course, made up of the numbers 2 x 12. I turned “12 x 5” just over a year and a half ago.

Reaching the BIG 60 means I am still going in the Lord’s grace and provision! My 12th trip to Israel will occur in May of 2016. That is very special to me, as the primary work of our ministry is to bless our Jewish friends in their Promised Land, with actual friendship and financial support. Both in word and in deed.

Knowing there are 12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles selected by Yeshua (Jesus), 12 elders now seated around the throne, 12 months in each year…well, you get the point. Being this is indeed my 12th book, which is another one consisting of my last 25 Now Think On This messages, I count that as being another reason for the title 12. On another note, someone once mentioned that my writings would have been simply called “journaling” years ago, and in their mind probably should be for private use only. They wondered why I would continue to publish my Now Think On This messages into book form which I share with others.

At first I was taken aback with the comment, considering it as myself being questioned of the real intended purpose I had with my messages. But a few hours later on that same day, when I sat down and started to read Doug Addison’s book on his 2016 prophetic words (which he said he received during September of 2015, the time of Rosh Hashanah, considered by many the Jewish New Year), an encouraging word stood out and uplifted my spirit. That word (among many!) was, “God spoke to me to pull all my words together into book form. This allows people to remember and pray about them.” (Page 3, 2016 Prophetic Forecast, InLight Connection, 2015)

And so I say that is one main reason why I do too. In fact, the Lord also had spoken to me that same inspired word, back in November of 2010, after I returned from Israel and sought Him as to my question, “Not what?” in regards to the next step in our new ministry Love For His People, Inc., having just formed it in April of that year. When He responded by telling me to “Write love letters” I did so, which then became my blog messages. As do so many teachers of the Word, their messages eventually are the basis of their books which follow.

A great example that I adhered to with several of my previous books. Thus, not only to share what I believe are inspirations from the Lord Jesus with you, but also to leave them as a legacy for my children and grandchildren. They will know even more what Dad/Grandpa stood for, and will be encouraged, along with others like you, to do so also. Be blessed in your pursuit of the Lord Yeshua, the Coming Messiah, as you seek Him in all you do.

Shalom and ahava (peace and love in Hebrew),

Steve Martin Charlotte, NC

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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