The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 37
Sarah, the only woman in Scripture where her age at death is recorded, lived 37 years after she gave birth to Isaac. She died at the ripe old age of 127 (Genesis 17:17, 23:1).
The Apostle Peter's ministry, which began in 30 A.D., lasted until his martyrdom either in 67 to 68 A.D. His ministry of 37 to 38 years is only slightly longer than the number of years the Apostle Paul served God (35).
Appearances of number thirty-seven
Jehoram was the fifth monarch over the Kingdom of Judah. At the age of 32 in 853 B.C., he began to co-rule the kingdom with his father Jehoshaphat. When his dad died in 848 Jehoram, who was now 37 years old, began his sole rule over Judah (1Kings 22:50). His reign lasted only until 841 B.C. when he died at the young age of 44.
Number thirty-seven and David
King David attracted many fierce fighters during his lifetime. The greatest of these, a special set of thirty-seven elite warriors, were known as his "mighty men" (1Chronicles 11:11). They were heroic commandos who had distinguished themselves on the battlefield (1Chronicles 11, 2Samuel 23).
Within David's group of 37 elite fighters were three subgroups. The first was composed of three men, Jashobeam, Eleazar, and Shammah, who were the best of the best. They were known as "the three mighties" (1Chronicles 11:12, KJV)! A second subgroup of warriors was composed of two men who were valiant in battle but not quite as noteworthy as the three mighties (2Samuel 23:18 - 23). The third subgroup numbered thirty-two individuals known for their war skills.
One of the interesting facts about David's 37 mighty men is that they were not all Israelites. Uriah, whose beautiful wife Bathsheba would lead to his death when David wanted her (2Samuel 11 - 12), was a Hittite (2Samuel 23:39, 1Chronicles 11:41). Another warrior named Zelek was an Ammonite (2Samuel 23:37, 1Chronicles 11:39) and a third, Ithmah, was a Moabite (1Chronicles 11:46).
Additional info on the Biblical Meaning of 37
It was in 37 A.D. that the Apostle Peter preached the gospel in Lydda and Joppa (Acts 9:32 - 41). During his evangelism, he healed a man named Aeneas who had been bedridden for eight years. He also raised Dorcas from the dead in his only recorded performance of such a unique miracle!
37 A.D. was also a unique year in relation to the Hebrew (sacred) calendar. It was one of the rare years when the beginning of the Biblical civil year on the Feast of Trumpets (Rosh Hashanah) occurred in late August. The majority of the time the start of the Biblical civil year takes place in early September.