What Does The Number Two Mean In The Bible?From series What Do The Numbers In The Bible Mean?.
Two: pairs of opposites
With the first number pertaining directly to God, how could you expect the second number to live up to the same high standard? The second number would have to represent something less supreme. In fact, the number two emphasizes this point by referring to pairs of opposites.
You can see the natural connotation reinforced every day: male and female, day and night, black and white, and good and evil. God uses the number two in His word in the same simple but powerful manner. Within the spectrum of the meaning of the number two, the symbolism can associate with the division of opposites or the union of opposites.
You do not have to read far into the bible before you run into these concepts. The account of creation in the first chapter of the book of Genesis is marked with division. The first use of the number two previews how the number two will be used throughout the remainder of the bible to symbolize opposites, rivals, and good and evil:
'Then God said, "Let there be light." And light appeared. And God was pleased it with it, and divided the light from the darkness. So he let it shine for awhile, and then there was darkness again. He called the light "daytime" and the darkness "nighttime." Together they formed the first day.
And God said, "Let the vapors separate to form the sky above and the oceans below." So God made the sky, dividing the vapor above from the water below. This all happened on the second day ...
For God made two huge lights, the sun and the moon, to shine down upon the earth - the larger one, the sun to preside over the day and the smaller one, the moon, to preside over the night.' (Genesis 1:3-8, 16-18)
Summarized from Cracking The Bible’s Numeric Code by Dr. R.J. Gannaway.