The Meaning of Numbers: The Number 51
The possible meaning of the number 51 is derived not only from writings in Scripture but also the history behind them.
Book number 51 in the KJV translation (and most modern translations) is Colossians. The Apostle Paul authored the book between 61 and 63 A.D. during his most productive writing period. During this time span he also penned the epistles to the Ephesians and Philippians as well as his letter to Philemon.
In 51 A.D. the Apostle Paul wrote 2Thessalonians, his second of fourteen books. The Apostle also turned fifty-one years old in 53 A.D., the year in which he began his third evangelistic journey to preach the gospel.
Appearances of the number fifty-one
Solomon's three books, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon, have 51 chapters total.
Verse 9 of Isaiah 51 is noted for being one of the references, in the KJV Bible, to dragons.
Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the Lord . . . Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?
Dragons are mentioned thirteen times in the book of Revelation as well as in Job 30:29, Psalm 44:19 and other places.
Number 51 and King David
Psalm 51 is one of the most heart-wrenching and contrite songs in all Scripture. Its profound meaning is derived from its author, King David, who wrote it shortly after he was confronted by the prophet Nathan regarding his adultery with Bathsheba. His illicit affair led him to arrange the murder of her husband Uriah in order to cover up his sin. David's repentance and earnest prayer for forgiveness for his gross sins is exemplified in the following verses.
Have mercy upon me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness; according to the greatness of Your compassion, blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin . . . Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow . . . (verses 1 - 2, 7 of Psalm 51).
Although forgiven, David's sin brought the consequences of internal strife within his household for the rest of his life (2Samuel 12:10 - 11).
More info on Biblical Meaning of 51
Ararat is the name of the mountain upon which Noah's Ark rested after the floodwaters resided (Genesis 8:4). Verse 27 of Isaiah 51, its only other mention in God's word, states that Ararat had become a kingdom! God called upon the kingdom, through Isaiah, to oppose Babylon (verses 24 to 26).
Elijah miraculously caused fire to come down from heaven on two sets of fifty-one men (a captain along with his fifty men). The men were sent by King Ahaziah who had previously been told by the prophet that he would die because he sought healing through a pagan deity and not from the true God (2Kings 1:9 - 10, 11 - 12).
Verse 51 of Matthew 27 reveals a miraculous and unique event that took place in Jerusalem's temple. The veil of the temple, right after Jesus died, was ripped in two from top to bottom! This veil, which hung between the Holy of Holies and the Holy Place in the temple, was at least 30 by 60 feet (9.1 by 18.2 meters) with a thickness of between 4 to 6 inches (10 to 15 centimeters). Its tearing, by the hand of God, symbolized that Jesus' death made possible direct access to God the Father.
Chapters in the KJV translation that are exactly 51 verses include Exodus 12, Numbers 3, Joshua 19, 2Samuel 22, 1Kings 7, Matthew 24 and John 1.