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Word for the day “The significance of the number forty in Scripture”

26 Sep

Deuteronomy 2:7 For the Lord your God has blessed you in all [a]that you have done; He has known your [b]wanderings through this great wilderness. These forty years the Lord your God has been with you; you have not lacked a thing.”

Have you ever noticed the significance of the number forty in Scrip­ture? Moses worked as a shepherd forty years before God called him to lead the Israelites from captivity (Exodus 3). Moses was atop Mount Sinai forty days receiving the covenant God made with the Israel­ites after redeeming them from bondage (Exodus 19). God led His people in the wilderness for forty years of testing before entering the Promised Land (Numbers 32:13).

Jesus was tested in the wilderness forty days before begin­ning His public ministry (Luke 4). And it rained forty days and forty nights when Noah built the ark (Genesis 7:12, 8:6). As you can see, it’s not only the number forty that’s significant, but the events that this number helped to define. Each event is a period of passage and transition, in the unfolding of God’s gracious and redemptive activity. Forty years is a generation in time, signifies a transition period which means the end of one period and the beginning of another.

Are you in a period of transition? We’re all living through seasons of life if not specific, shorter transitional phrases in life. It’s the way God designed it. Every end is a new beginning. Remember that God walks with us through every season, every transition. He is in control, do me a favor family of God if you can, enjoy the ride.

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Daily Inspiration

 

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