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40 days
November 16, 2008, 11:01 am
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The number 40. It might not be significant in your day to day life unless of course you’re turning 40 or it’s your lucky number etc… I was read this book Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren and at the beginning it talks about 40 days being a spiritually significant time period. He lists all these examples where God wanted to prepare someone for His purposes:

  • Noah’s life was transformed by 40 days of rain
  • Moses was transformed by 40 days on Mount Sinai
  • The spies were transformed by 40 days in the Promised Land
  • David was transformed by Goliath’s 40 day challenge
  • Elijah was transformed when God gave him 40 days of strength from a single meal
  • The entire city of Nineveh was transformed when God gave the people 40 days to change
  • Jesus was empowered by 40 days in the wilderness
  • The disciples were transformed by 40 days with Jesus after his resurrection

So the thought popped into my head – Does 40 days play any significance now? Do other symbols in the Bible play any significance now? The number 3, 7, I wonder.

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