The Number 23

Jewish tradition, according to the first century historian Josephus, states that Adam and Eve produced a total number of 23 daughters!

Tola served as a judge of Israel for a total number of 23 years, from 1102 to 1079 B.C. (Judges 10:1 – 2). After the death of Josiah, one of the best kings to rule the Kingdom of Judah, his son Jehoahaz, who was 23 years old, succeeded him as ruler. Jehoahaz, unfortunately, did not follow his father’s example and instead indulged in evil before God. After ruling for only three months he was dethroned by Egypt’s Pharaoh and died as his captive (2Kings 23:31 – 34).

Jezebel is perhaps the most wicked woman mentioned in scripture. She is reference a total number of 23 times in God’s word. Compare this to Mary, Jesus’ mother, who is mentioned by name only 19 times!

The book of 2Timothy is one of the most personal epistles written by the Apostle Paul. This book mentions 23 distinct people, twenty of which are not mentioned anywhere else in the New Testament (Encyclopedia of Bible Facts).

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