The Number 25

The number twenty-five in the Bible symbolizes ‘grace upon grace.’ It is composed of 20 (meaning redemption) and five (grace) or grace multiplied (5 x 5).

And the Word became flesh . . . full of GRACE and truth . . .

And of His fullness we have all received, and GRACE FOR GRACE. For the law was given through Moses, but GRACE and truth came through Jesus Christ (John 1:14, 16 – 17).

Levites were to begin serving at age 25 in assisting with sacrifices, which were a physical type of forgiveness and redemption for the people.

Scrolls were discovered in 1947 in the Dead Sea region of Israel. Among all the scrolls found over the years, 25 copies of Deuteronomy have been identified.

King Jehoshaphat, considered a good king of Judah, ruled for twenty-five years (1Kings 22:42). King Amaziah, also a ruler over Judah, began his reign at the age of 25 (2Kings 14:2) as did wicked King Jehoiakim (2Kings 18:2). Jehoiakim was the next to last ruler over the Kingdom of Judah before Nebuchadnezzar’s initial conquest of Jerusalem in 597 B.C.

The number twenty-five plays a prominent role in Ezekiel’s vision of the temple, which he saw in the 25th year of captivity (Ezekiel 40:1). There are at least five measurements within the prophetic temple that are 25 cubits long (Ezekiel 40:13, 21, 25, 29 – 30).

Of the top five New Testament books that contain the most material from the Old Testament, the book of Acts has material from 25 books.

Of the top five shortest books in the entire Bible, the books of Philemon and Jude only have 25 verses.

Twenty-five is also seen near God’s throne in heaven. The apostle John saw, in vision, 24 elders sitting around God’s throne for a total of 25 thrones (Revelation 4:1 – 4).

There are several verses in God’s word (KJV translation) that contain all the letters in the English alphabet except for one. For example, Ezra 7:21 contains all the letters of the alphabet except the letter ‘J.’

“And I, even I Artaxerxes the king, do make a decree to all the treasurers which are beyond the river, that whatsoever Ezra the priest, the scribe of the law of the God of heaven, shall require of you, it be done speedily.”

Verses that contain all the letters of the alphabet except ‘Q’ include Joshua 7:24,1Kings 1:9, 1Chronicles 12:40, 2Chronicles 36:10, Ezekiel 28:13, Daniel 4:37, and Haggai 1:1. Verses that contain 25 letters except ‘Z’ are 2Kings 16:15 and 1Chronicles 4:10. Lastly, Galatians 1:14 contains the entire alphabet except for ‘K.’

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