The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 24
The number 24 is associated with the priesthood. Since it is composed of a multiple of 12, it takes on some of 12's meaning (which is God's power and authority, as well as perfect foundation) except in a higher form. Twenty-four, therefore, is also connected with the worship of God, especially at the temple.
King David divided those responsible for temple music, as well as those who served as priests and the Levites who aided them, into 24 courses (1Chronicles 23 - 24). When a course of priests was serving, they usually divided their work amongst themselves by lot.
The order which the twenty-four courses of priests served in the temple are: 1) Jehoiarib; 2) Jedaiah; 3) Harim; 4) Seorim; 5) Malchijah; 6) Mijamin; 7) Hakkoz; 8) Abijah; 9) Jeshua; 10) Shecaniah; 11) Eliashib; 12) Jakim; 13) Huppah; 14) Jeshebeab; 15) Bilgah; 16) Immer; 17) Hezir; 18) Happizzez; 19) Pethahiah; 20) Jehezkel; 21) Jachin; 22) Gamul; 23) Delaiah; 24) Maaziah (1Chronicles 24).
The New Testament makes reference to one of the priestly courses when it states that the father of John the Baptist was a priest who served in Abia's (Abijah's) course (Luke 1:5). Abijah's course was the eighth one that rotated responsibilities with other priests.
Appearances of the number twenty-four
Although the book of Luke only has twenty-four chapters, it has more words the Acts, which has 28 chapters. Therefore, it is correct to say that Luke is the longest New Testament book.
Of the top five New Testament writings that contain the most material from the Old Testament, the book of Mark has content from a total number of 24 books.
Baasha, the third ruler of the Kingdom of Israel, reigned for twenty-four official years.
Number 24 and Christ's rule
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. They are the following.
1. He will righteously judge the people.
2. He will judge, with justice, the poor and needy.
3. Peace will be brought by the mountains.
4. Small hills shall also experience peace.
5. He shall judge the poor.
6. He shall save the children of the needy.
7. Those who oppress will be crushed.
8. He shall rule like rain upon grass.
9. He shall rule like the water that showers the globe.
10. He will cause the righteous to flourish.
11. He will bring the righteous an abundance of peace.
12. He shall rule from sea to sea.
13. He shall rule from the river unto the ends of the earth.
14. When he hears the needy cry out he will deliver him.
15. The poor and those who have no help will also be delivered.
16. Those who are needy and weak will receive compassion.
17. The lives of those in need will be saved.
18. The needy who are oppressed and experience violence will be redeemed.
19. The blood of those in need will be precious in His sight.
20. He will cause an abundance of grain on the earth.
21. He will bring an abundance of fruit.
22. He will make those of the city flourish like grass.
23. He will make His name to be continued.
24. He will bless all men.
Additional info on Biblical Meaning of 24
Around God's heavenly throne are 24 elders, each wearing crowns and sitting on thrones, who (possibly) assist him in the governing of the universe (Revelation 4:1 - 4).
The book of Luke is the largest in the King James Bible New Testament in terms of number of verses. It has 24 chapters and 1,151 verses. Although Matthew has 28 chapters, it only has 1,071 verses. Acts also has 28 chapters but only has 1,007 verses.