Monday, March 20, 2017
40 in the Bible
Earlier today, I was listening to the recording I had from youth last night, so I could take notes. My wonderful youth leader, Michael was talking about lent & the meaning behind lent. When I heard '40 days,' it made me think of Noah being on the ark for 40 days & 40 nights. If 40 is mentioned more than once in the Bible, then there had to be something to it. I researched it to find the meaning behind it. In the Bible, 40 means 'a time of testing, trial, and/or probation.' It does make a lot of sense. Moses lived 40 years in Egypt, 40 more on Mount Sinai. (Ex. 24:18, 34:1-28). Jonah powerfully warns ancient Nineveh for 40 days about the destruction God was planning to send (Jonah 3:4). The prophet Ezekiel lays on his right side for 40 days to symbolize Judah's sins (Eze. 4:6). Elijah went 40 days without food or water at Mount Horeb (1 King 19:8). King David reigned for 40 years (1 King 2:11). King Solomon reigned for 40 years (1 Kings 11:42). Jesus was tempted by Satan for 40 days (Luke 4:2). Exodus has specifically 40 chapters in the Bible.