Numbers in Scripture: #5
The number 5 denotes human weakness in connection with our responsibility to God.
David collected five stones from the brook when going to meet Goliath. “And he took his staff in his hand, and chose him five smooth stones out of the brook, and put them in a shepherd’s bag which he had, even in a scrip; and his sling was in his hand: and he drew near to the Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:40).
The disciples could only provide five loaves of bread along with two fishes, for the feeding of the five thousand. “One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, saith unto him, There is a lad here, which hath five barley loaves, and two small fishes: but what are they among so many” (John 6:8-9)?
In both cases, the Lord showed His power and ability to meet the need in spite of weakness on the part of the individual or their resources. The Apostle Paul realized this principle and could say, “When I am weak, then am I strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10).We too can have great victory in spite of our own weakness when we rely on the Lord.