Meaning of Numbers in the Bible
The Number 19 and 20
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 19
Nineteen, which is the combining of 10 and 9, usually denotes God's perfect order in regard to his judgment. The names Job and Eve, if we substitute letters for numbers, add up to 19.
The united kingdom of Israel split into two pieces after the death of Solomon. The piece referred to as Israel, or the Northern Ten Tribes, had Jeroboam as their first king (930 to 909 B.C.). Judah's first king was Rehoboam (930 to 913 B.C.). Including Jeroboam, Israel was ruled by a total of nineteen kings before God allowed them to be conquered by the Assyrians. They were conquered and taken out of the land as captives due to their many sins against the Eternal.
Appearances of the number nineteen
Discovered in 1947, the Dead Sea Scrolls were found east of Jerusalem. Among all the scrolls unearthed over the years, 19 copies of Isaiah the prophet have been identified.
Of the ten most frequently mentioned women in the Bible, Mary (Jesus' mother) is listed 19 times.
Meaning of Number 20
Twenty is twice ten and can, at times, mean a complete or perfect waiting period.
For 20 years Jacob waited to get possession of his wives and property, and to be freed from the control of Laban his father-in-law (Genesis 31:38 - 41). For 20 years the children of Israel waited to be freed of Jabin, king of Canaan, who oppressed them. God response was to raise up Deborah and Barak, who freed the people from bondage (Judges 4 - 5).
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