Meaning of Numbers
in the Bible
The Number 24
The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 24
Twenty-four, being a multiple of twelve, expresses in a higher form the same significance as 22 does of 11. It is the number associated with the heavenly government and worship, of which the earthly form in Israel was only a copy.
We are told that both Moses and David ordered all things connected with the Tabernacle and Temple worship by direct revelation from God, and as a copy of things in the heavens.
"Then David gave his son Solomon the plans for the vestibule, its houses, its treasuries, its upper chambers, its inner chambers, and the place of the mercy seat; and the plans for all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the Lord, of all the chambers all around, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries for the dedicated things;" (1Chronicles 28:11-12)
"For every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices. Therefore it is necessary that this One also have something to offer. For if He were on earth, He would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For He said, 'See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain.' " (Hebrews 5:3-5, NKJV)
And the sevenfold phrase (in Exodus 40) "as the LORD commanded Moses" witnesses to the Divine ordering of all. It was so with the twenty-four courses of priests in the earthly Temple; these were formed on the "pattern of things in the heavens."
Additional commentary on the number 24 *
The number 24 is associated with the priesthood. There were 24 courses of priests and singers at the temple.
Around God’s heavenly throne are 24 elders, each wearing crowns and sitting on thrones, who apparently assist God in the governing of the universe:
"After these things I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven. And the first voice which I heard was like a trumpet speaking with me, saying, 'Come up here, and I will show you things which must take place after this.' Immediately I was in the Spirit; and behold, a throne set in heaven, and One sat on the throne.
"And He who sat there was like a jasper and a sardius stone in appearance; and there was a rainbow around the throne, in appearance like an emerald. Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads." (Revelation 4:1-4)
Psalm 72 lists 24 things that Jesus Christ - as High Priest after the order of Melchizedek - will do when He sits upon His throne and rules as King and Priest during the Millennium.
1. Give the king Your judgments, O God, and Your righteousness to the king's son; 2. That he may judge Your people in righteousness and Your poor with justice. 3. The mountains shall bring peace to the people, and the little hills, by righteousness. 4. He shall judge the poor of the people; He shall save the children of the needy and shall crush in pieces the oppressor. 5. They shall fear You as long as the sun and moon endure throughout all generations. 6. He shall come down like rain upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. 7. In His days the righteous shall flourish and abundance of peace until the moon be no more. 8. He shall also have the rule from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
9. Those who dwell in the wilderness shall bow before Him, and His enemies shall lick the dust. 10. The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. 11. Yea, all kings shall prostrate themselves before Him; all nations shall serve Him, 12. For He shall deliver the needy when he cries, and the poor with the one who has no helper. 13. He shall have compassion upon the weak and needy, and shall save the lives of the needy. 14. He shall redeem their life from oppression and violence; and their blood shall be precious in His sight.
15. And he shall live, and to him shall be given the gold of Sheba, and they may pray continually for him; also daily he shall be praised. 16. May there be an abundance of grain in the earth upon the top of the mountains; may its fruit wave like Lebanon, and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth. 17. His name shall endure forever; His name shall be continued as long as the sun; and men shall be blessed in Him; all nations shall call Him blessed. (Psalm 72:1-17, Holy Bible in Its Original Order - A Faithful Version (HBFV))