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On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

By Tresta Neil

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On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love gave to me . . . 
“eleven pipers piping” the message of the gospel to the world. Those who are blowing their horns in preparation for the second coming are faithful disciples of Christ. Traditionally eleven reminds the church members of the eleven faithful apostles of Jesus. We are each disciples of Christ.

The eleventh letter in Hebrew is Kaf. KAF literally means ‘the palm of the hand’, implying productivity and potentiality. The words that describe kaf are crowning, accomplishment, receiving, selflessness and hard work. The Hebrew number eleven is Yod (10, power to act) and Aleph (1, heaven). Eleven embraces all the attributes of both these numbers.

The eleventh constellation is Cancer, the Crab. It is an animal which can descend into the sea and come back out onto dry land with its treasure securely held in its strong claws. The crab represents the descent of Christ into the Spirit Prison, to bring forth the captives from that prison in his tenacious grasp. He is our Deliverer! This is different than our Savior (see #8). To save is to preserve or guard against and deliver is to carry from one place to an intended destination.

​Eleven is found in the scriptures. The last two Kings of Judah each reigned eleven years before the Babylonian conquest of Judah: Jehiakim and Zedekiah. Joseph was the eleventh son of Jacob, he dreamed of eleven stars bowing down to him (Gen 37:9)

November 11th is Remembrance Day. My grandma called it, Poppy Day and it is also Veterans Day. It was to commemorate those who were killed in times of war. We wore artificial poppies to commemorate the veterans. Poppies have been the symbol of eternal sleep and death.

Some say (look it up on google or most symbolism books) that eleven means disorder, disorganization, lack of fulfillment, imperfection. I believe that all numbers were created of God and that he doesn’t create junk! But, like the constellations, I know there is an opposite to all things too. So, if all numbers are positive then there must be a negative side too and vise versa. What side will you focus on or feed?

On the eleventh day of Christmas My Father gave to me 
​eleven faithful disciples,
ten commandments,
nine spiritual gifts,
eight new levels,
seven complete cycles,
​six celebrations,
five things of power,
four family members,
three great desires, 
​two directions …

Just for FUN: 

  • Martin Luther was baptized on Nov. 11
  • Fort Wood on Liberty Island has the shape of an eleven-pointed star and is the base for the Statue of Liberty (New York).
  • New York was the eleventh state
  • The first plane to hit the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, was American Airlines Flight 11
  • September is the 254th day of the year. 2+5+4=11
  • Apollo 11 was the first manned spacecraft to land on the moon
  • There are eleven players on a soccer team, on an American football team, on a cricket team, as well as on a field hockey team.
  • The First World War ended on the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
  • “The eleventh hour” suggests urgency. Because the clock runs to twelve, this is the last hour to get things done.
  • In Numerology number 11 is a Master number. A Master number is a double-digit number like 22 and 33. It contains double the amount of attributes of that number.

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