The Number "40" in the Bible
Moses was a Hebrew raised in the household of the Pharaoh of Egypt. He followed the call of God to free the Hebrew slaves held in Egypt and then lead them through the wilderness to the Promised Land. As people emerging from a pandemic wilderness, we can learn a lot from Moses’s story. It teaches us how to be a stronger community and a people of hope in an age when people seem more disconnected and worried than ever.
We are examining when the number “40” appears in the Bible. Our current worship series is about Moses leading God’s people out of slavery in Egypt, through the Wilderness, and to the Promised Land. In that story alone, there are many incidents of “40” arising, such as how Moses’s 120-year-long life mission was divided into three 40-year segments and how the Hebrews spent 40 years in the Wilderness. The number “40” is an indication of testing and trial and transformation. This Brief Bible Dive will explain the symbolism behind the number “40” and point out other areas of Scripture that make use of it.
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