The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 25
The number twenty-five in the Bible symbolizes 'grace upon grace.' It is composed of 20 (meaning redemption) and five (grace) or grace multiplied (5 x 5).
And the Word became flesh . . . full of GRACE and truth
And of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE. For the law was given through Moses, but GRACE and truth came through Jesus Christ." (John 1:14, 16 - 17)
Levites were to begin serving at age 25 in assisting with sacrifices, which were a physical type of forgiveness and redemption for the people.
Appearances of the number twenty-five
Scrolls were discovered in 1947 in the Dead Sea region of Israel. Among all the scrolls found over the years, 25 copies of Deuteronomy have been identified.
King Jehoshaphat, considered a good king of Judah, ruled for twenty-five years (1Kings 22:42). King Amaziah, also a ruler over Judah, began his reign at the age of 25 (2Kings 14:2) as did wicked King Jehoiakim (2Kings 18:2). Jehoiakim was the next to last ruler over the Kingdom of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar's initial conquest of Jerusalem in 597 B.C.
The number twenty-five plays a prominent role in Ezekiel's vision of the temple, which he saw in the 25th year of captivity (Ezekiel 40:1). There are at least five measurements within the prophetic temple that are 25 cubits long (Ezekiel 40:13, 21, 25, 29 - 30).
Of the top five New Testament books that contain the most material from the Old Testament, the book of Acts has material from 25 books.
Of the top five shortest books in the entire Bible, the books of Philemon and Jude only have 25 verses.
Twenty-five is also seen near God's throne in heaven. The apostle John saw, in vision, 24 elders sitting around God's throne for a total of 25 thrones (Revelation 4:1 - 4).
The number 25 and the alphabet
There are several verses in God's word (KJV translation) that contain all the letters in the English alphabet except for one. For example, Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except the letter 'J.'
"And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily."
Verses that contain all the letters of the alphabet except 'Q' include Joshua 7:24,1Kings 1:9, 1Chronicles 12:40, 2Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1. Verses that contain 25 letters except 'Z' are 2Kings 16:15 and 1Chronicles 4:10. Lastly, Galatians 1:14 contains the entire alphabet except for 'K.'
The Meaning of Number 27
Of the top ten occurring names in God's word, the name Abraham appears in 27 Books.
The Old Testament phrases 'mercy seat' and 'the candlestick' occur 27 times. The New Testament contains 27 separate books.
The Meaning of Number 28
The book of Mark has 28 direct Old Testament quotations.
There are 28 writers of the Old Testament (Amos, Daniel, David, Davidic priests, Esther, Ezekiel, Ezra, Habakkuk, Haggai, Hezekiah, Hosea, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Job, Joel, Jonah, Joshua , Malachi, Micah, Mordecai, Moses, Nahum, Nehemiah, Obadiah, Ruth, Samuel, Solomon, Zechariah, Zephaniah).
The phrase 'the Lamb," used to refer to Jesus Christ as the Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, occurs 28 times. The word "Hallelujah" also appears 28 times.
Of the top ten occurring names in the entirety of God's word, the name David appears in 28 Books.
The book of Acts, with its 28 chapters, is the longest book in the New Testament.
Jehu, a mostly bad king, ruled over Israel for 28 years (2Kings 10:36).
The Biblical Meaning of 29
King Amaziah of Judah, a good king, ruled for 29 years. King Hezekiah, who also reigned over the Kingdom of Judah, ruled for 29 years.
Of the top ten occurring names in Scripture, the name Jacob appears in 29 Books.
Nahor, the grandfather of Abraham, had his first son at the age of 29.