Forty is an Important Number in the Bible
September 30th 2012 18:59
Numbers have great significance in the Bible. Today we’re going to study the use of 40 (forty) and see what we can learn.
In Genesis, Chapter 7, we see that the rain fell for 40 days and 40 nights as Noah and his family and two of every flesh survived. The 40 days of rainfall took 150 days to subside.
Moses was 40 years old when he left the Egyptians and returned to his heritage. Exodus Chapter 2 tells the story of Moses’ youth and time in Egypt. He spent the next 40 years as a shepherd, keeping the flocks of his father-in-law. This is written in Genesis, Chapter 3. For the next 40 years of his life, he led the Children of Israel through the wilderness as God commanded him. Moses spent 40 days alone with God as the Ten Commandments were revealed to him in Chapter 20 of Genesis.
In the New Testament, Jesus spent 40 days in the desert and endured temptations from Satan. Matthew 4, vs. 1-11, Mark 1, vs.12-13 and Luke 4, vs. 1-13 verify this.
How many more times is 40 used in the Bible? In Biblical numericals, the number 40 means probation. Probation is a time of learning, the opportunity to get things straight and “wise up”.
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