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The Number 54

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Meaning of Numbers: The Number 54

The English phrase "fifty and four," used for the number 54, is recorded 7 times in 7 King James Bible verses.

The possible meaning of the number 54 is derived from both facts about and writings within Scripture.

In 54 A.D., Paul leaves the Phrygia region of Asia Minor and travels to the Roman province of Asia and its prosperous capital Ephesus (Acts 19). While residing in the city he not only raises up the first Christian church located within it but also stays almost three full years to aid the growth of the new Christians.

Apostle Paul turned 54 years old in 56 A.D. It was during this year that he wrote the book of 1Corinthians, from Ephesus, while staying in the city as part of his third missionary journey. Paul will ultimately reside in Ephesus for almost three years, staying in the city until a riot of pagans against the gospel forces him to travel to Macedonia.

Appearances of Number Fifty-Four

Amaziah, Judah's king who ruled for less than a year, and Hezekiah, a righteous ruler over Judah, were both 54 years old when they died.

Judah's righteous king Jehoshaphat was fifty-four years old when he placed his son Jehoram as co-ruler of the kingdom. Jehoshaphat lived only a few more years until he died at the age of 59, leaving his son Jehoram as sole ruler.

The death of Roman Emperor Claudius in 54 A.D. opened the door for his adopted son Nero, at the age of 16, to take the reins of the empire. Considered tyrannical, self-absorbed and corrupt concerning morals, he would wreak havoc on the early Christian church.

Nero became the first of ten emperors to use the power of the state to persecute believers. It was under his rule that both the apostles Paul and Peter were martyred.

The English word "widow" is recorded 55 times in 54 King James Bible verses. It is written the most in Deuteronomy (11 times) followed by the gospel of Luke (7). Jesus used a widow in one of his parables that taught persistence with God matters!

There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me (Luke 18:2 - 5, KJV).

The Hebrew word gamal, Strong's Concordance #H1581, is recorded 54 times in 51 Hebrew Old Testament verses. It is found the most in the book of Genesis (25) followed by the book of Judges (4). The word, which means "burden bearing," is translated in the King James as "camel."

And the Lord hath blessed my master (Abraham) greatly; and he is become great: and he hath given him flocks, and herds, and silver, and gold, and menservants, and maidservants, and camels (gamal), and asses (Genesis 24:35, KJV).

So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning: for he had fourteen thousand sheep, and six thousand camels (gamal), and a thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand she asses (Job 42:12, KJV).

Betrayal and the Number 54

Psalm 54 was written before David assumed the throne over God's people. After the future king saved the city of Keilah from Philistine harassment, he and his men fled to the wilderness of Ziph to escape King Saul's wrath (1Samuel 23:1 - 14).

The Ziphites, who lived in the wilderness named after them, discovered David's stronghold in the wilderness and betrayed him to Saul. David penned this song pleading for help after this betrayal.

Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your might. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth, for strangers have risen up against me, and violent men seek after my soul; they have not set God before them. Selah (verses 1 - 3 of Psalm 54).

Multiple Marys

The Greek word Maria, Strong's #G3137, is found 54 times in 46 Greek New Testament verses. It is found the most in the gospel of Luke (17) followed by John (15) and then Matthew (11). The word, which means "their rebellion," is translated as the name "Mary" in the King James.

Mary is the name of at least seven different females in the New Testament. The most well-known of these, of course, is Jesus' mother. There was also Mary Magdalene (Luke 8:2), Mary who was the sister of Lazarus and Martha (John 11:1 - 2, 19) and Mary wife of Cleopas who witnessed the crucifixion (John 19:25).

A woman named Mary, who was the mother of James and Joses, also saw Jesus on the cross (Matthew 27:56). The mother of gospel writer John Mark was named Mary (Acts 12:12) as well as a person the Apostle Paul greeted in Rome (Romans 16:6). Mary is the most frequently recorded female name in Scripture, with Jacob's wife Rachel (written 47 times) being the second most used.

Is not this the carpenter's son? is not his mother called Mary (maria)? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? (MAtthew 13:55, KJV).

These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary (maria) the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren (Acts 1:14, KJV).

More Info on Biblical Meaning of 54

There are 17 words and phrases in the Bible's original languages that are recorded exactly 54 times.

The English phrase "fifty and four," used for the number 54, is found in the book of Ezra (3 times) followed by the books of Numbers and Nehemiah (2 each).

54 is the product of 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 (or 3 cubed). Both 2 and 3 are prime numbers.

54 is also equal to (1 x 1) + (2 x 2) + (7 x 7), all of which are primes.

The English word "ox" is written 64 times in 54 King James verses. It is recorded the most in Exodus (23 times) followed by Deuteronomy (10). Jesus used an accident involving an ox to teach an important principle of Sabbath observance.

Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day? (Luke 14:5, KJV).

The Gematria of the word Dan, an Israelite tribal name that means "a judge," is 54. This tribe is unique as it is the only one not mentioned in Revelation 7.

In the Old Testament, the Biblical chapters of Numbers 1, 31 and 1Chronicles 1 contain 54 verses in the King James translation.

In the New Testament, the chapters Luke 11 and John 4 have 54 verses in the KJV.

The number seven is reference 54 times in the book of Revelation.

Book number 54, in most modern Bible translations, is 1Timothy. It has six chapters and 113 verses total. Written by Paul in 63 A.D., along with the book of Titus, it represents one of the final writings of the apostle before he pens his last in 67.

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