Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 16
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 16
The number sixteen is symbolic of love and loving. Christians are to become perfected in God's love not just by physically obeying the Commandments (which should be done anyway) but also by following the full spiritual INTENT of our Creator's laws and judgments (Matthew 22:37 - 40). This duality of true love is represented by 8 + 8 = 16.
In the Old Testament, 16 of the various names and titles for God specially signify His constant, never-ending love for the children of Israel.
Appearances of the number sixteen
Some of the longest words in the King James Bible are sixteen letters long. They include covenantbreakers (Romans 1:31), evilfavouredness (Deuteronomy 17:1), lovingkindnesses (Psalm 25:6) and unprofitableness (Hebrews 7:18).
The words sickness and branch, as well as the phrase 'the Father," appear sixteen times in Scripture.
Of the seventy people of the house of Israel (Jacob) that sojourned to Egypt in order to survive a devastating seven-year drought (Genesis 45:11), Zilpah (through whom Jacob had two sons) and her descendants numbered 16 total people (Genesis 46:18).
Jehoash, king of Israel, reigned for 16 years (798 to 782 B.C.). King Ahaz reigned over Judah as sole ruler also for sixteen years (732 to 715 B.C.).
Azariah (also known as Uzziah) is made king of Judah at the young age of 16 (2Kings 15:2). A good king, he rules for the second longest period, fifty-two years (792 to 740 B.C.), of any ruler of either Israel or Judah.
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