(use Thompson Chain Ref. Bible #2737 )
(#3241 for The number Seven)
Many times the number 40 is represented in the Bible as the number of probation, testing and trial.
40 days and 40 nights it rained (Gen. 7:4-17; 8:6).
40 days Embalming of Jacob occupied (Gen. 50:3).
40 yrs. Saul had to prove himself worthy of people’s choice.
40 yrs. Moses was in the land of Egypt. 40 yrs. In desert and 40 yrs. In God’s service (1st Sa. 4:18).
40 yrs. Israelites ate manna (ex. 16:35).
40 day Moses on mount for transcript of the law, fasting (Ex.24:18; 34:28).
40 days spies in the land (Nu. 13:25).
40 days Moses in prayer for Israel (Dt. 9:25).
40 days Goliath’s defiance lasted (1st Sa 17:16).
40 days Elijah’s last meal (1st Ki 19:8).
40 days Ezekiel’s typical period (Eze. 4:6).
40 days Jonah’s warnings, Nineveh Jnh. 3:4
40 days Jesus tested in wilderness (Lk 4:2).
40 days Jesus on earth after resurrection (Ac. 1:3).
40 years after crucifixion came destruction of Jerusalem
Other ref. 40 YEARS Ex. 16:35; Nu. 14:33; Jdg. 3:11; Ps. 95:10; Eze. 29:11
“40” think about it.
O Lord my God, you have performed many wonders for us. Your plans for us are too numerous to list. You have no equal. If I tried to recite all your wonderful deeds, I would never come to the end of them. You take no delight in sacrifices or offerings. Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand —
you don’t require burnt offerings or sin offerings. Then I said, “Look, I have come. As is written about me in the Scriptures: I take joy in doing your will, my God, for your instructions are written on my heart.”
For troubles surround me— too many to count!
My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out.
They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage. As for me, since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my savior. O my God, do not delay.
Psalms 40:5-8, 12, 17 NLT
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If nothing else, remember that numbers do matter and God even knows the number of hairs on your head. That sound easy coming from a man going bald but obviously this statement, “And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.” Matthew 10:30 NIV (note 10th chapter 30th verse) also found in Luke 12:7, that statement is more than literal and represents the all knowing God and his attention to details.