If ten is the number which marks the perfection of Divine order, then eleven is an addition to it, subversive of and undoing that order. If twelve is the number which marks the perfection of Divine government, then eleven falls short of it. So that whether we regard it as being 10 + 1, or 12 - 1, it is the number which marks, disorder, disorganization, imperfection, and disintegration.
There is not much concerning it in the Word of God, but what there is
is significant, especially as a factor.
were eleven in number (Gen 36:40-43), and Edom, though closely
related to Israel, was different from it in order and government, while
the bitterest hatred existed between them. The word for "Duke" is a multiple
told of the disintegration and disorganization in Jacob's family, which
made it possible for it to be said "one is not."
was a journey of eleven days (Deut 1:2). One more day would have
carried them to the complete administration of all those wonderful laws
which God had given them.
have for their gematria the number 462, the factors of
which are 11 and 42; both significant of the disorder in Eli's house,
and of disintegration in Israel.
when Nebuchadnezzar came up and began his disintegrating work on Jerusalem
(2 Kings 23:36, 34:1; 2 Chron 36:5,6).
in which Ezekiel prophesied against Tyre (Eze 26:1) and against Egypt
(30:20 and 31:1) was the eleventh year of Zedekiah, in which Jerusalem
was broken up. And the threefold repetition of it is to impress us with
the fact that Tyre and Egypt should be broken up, as Jerusalem had been.
witness of disintegration even amongst the Twelve (Acts 2:14, etc.);
(Matt 20:6,9) is proverbial as being contrary alike both to what is
right in order and arrangement.
was about 33 years (3 x 11), and then He was "cut off," and "we
see not yet all things put under Him" (Dan 9:26; Heb 2:8).
occurs only twice, both referring to days of defective administration, marked by the fact that there was "no king":--
Dan and Ephraim were the two offending tribes, for Micah, who made the
image with the eleven hundred shekels, was an Ephraimite, and the
tribe that stole it and his priest was the Tribe of Dan. Both are omitted
from the tribes in Revelation 7, according to the declaration of Jehovah
in Deuteronomy 29:18-20, that the "man, woman, family, or tribe" which
should introduce idolatry into Israel, "the LORD shall BLOT OUT HIS NAME."
Eleven kings and rulers offended with God's servants for telling them the truth:
Joseph was eleven years in Potiphar's house: