Restoring the Years Global Ministries recently turned 13 years old!
Thirteen is a number that, in our culture, is usually not seen as a number to celebrate. In fact, some hotels and tall buildings skip the number 13 when numbering their floors. They go straight from 12 to 14! Not only do many people feel that 13 is an unpleasant number, there is actually a disorder called triskaidekaphobia, which is extreme superstition associated with the number 13.
Even so, there IS plenty of good that comes to mind with this infamous number.
In Jewish culture, a bar mitzvah (bat mitzvah for girls) is a special ritual and celebration that takes place when a boy turns 13 years old.The term means “son of the commandment”, and is meant to signify that a child has reached a level of maturity and is able to observe the Commandments in a personal way and can be called upon to read aloud from the Torah in the synagogue. The bar or bat mitzvah symbolizes full-fledged membership into the Jewish community.
Thirteen in the Bible
In Genesis chapter 14, four kings decided to stage a rebellion after thirteen years of paying tribute to their conquerors. This led to a war in which Abram’s nephew Lot was captured. In order to rescue him, Abram mobilized his 318 servants whom he had trained. Commanded by Abram, his armed servants defeated Lot’s kidnappers. This ordeal set the stage for Abram (later Abraham) to become internationally known as a man of authority, wealth, and faith in the One True God.
Genesis chapter 17 begins thirteen years after Ismael was born, when Abram was 99 years old. The Lord appeared to him and reestablished His promise to give him many descendants. This is when Abram’s name was changed to Abraham (the Father of a Multitude), and when God commanded him to circumcise all males in his family and household as a sign of His covenant with him. Ismael was 13 years old when he was circumcised.
During the Feast of Tabernacles, one of the offerings required is thirteen young bulls (See Numbers 29:13). This feast looks back to the time when the Israelites lived in tents in the wilderness as God delivered them according to the promise given to Abraham centuries earlier. It also looks forward to when Jesus will come and dwell among His people and establish His eternal reign. “Look! God’s tabernacle is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation 21:3).
I Kings chapter 7 tells us that it took King Solomon 13 years to build his palace:
But Solomon took thirteen years to build his own house; so he finished all his house.
The completion of his royal home and the palace complex served as a tangible and visual proclamation that Solomon’s kingdom was firmly in place.
On the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, the Jews in Esther’s time rose up to defend themselves against their attackers who had been emboldened by Haman’s treacherous decree against them. Instead of being wiped out, the Jews slaughtered their enemies instead.
From reading these scriptures it seems that the number 13 often represents establishment, becoming settled, and laying foundations. As Restoring the Years Global Ministries begins its thirteenth year, many good things have been firmly set in place allowing God’s glory to be revealed through the vision He has given to Pastor Nick and Apostle Rhonda Travitt:
- RTYGM is established as a house of prayer and intercession.
- RTYGM is established as a house of uncompromised preaching and teaching.
- RTYGM is established as a house of “spirit and truth” worship.
- RTYGM is established as a house of deliverance and healing.
- RTYGM is established as a house of compassion and outreach.
- RTYGM is established as a house of restoration and fulfillment.
We give praise to the Father for all He has done these past twelve years! We run with faith and patience to obtain every promise and to represent well the Lord Jesus Christ who purchased us with His blood and empowered us by His Spirit. Now that we’ve been established, there is nowhere to go except forward and upward!
And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace [Who imparts all blessing and favor], Who has called you to His [own] eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will Himself complete and make you what you ought to be, establish and ground you securely, and strengthen, and settle you. (I Peter 5:10, Amplified Bible)