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  • For in seven days I will send rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and every living thing that I have made I will blot out from the face of the ground.” Genesis 7:4

  • After Moses slew the Egyptian:  “Now when forty years had passed, an angel appeared to him in the wilderness of Mount Sinai, in a flame of fire in a bush. Acts 7:30

  • The people of Israel ate the manna forty years, till they came to a habitable land. They ate the manna till they came to the border of the land of Canaan. Exodus 16:35

  • So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights. He neither ate bread nor drank water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments. Exodus 34:28

  • Your clothing did not wear out on you and your foot did not swell these forty years. Deuteronomy 8:4

  • And the time that David reigned over Israel was forty years. He reigned seven years in Hebron and thirty-three years in Jerusalem. 1 Kings 2:11

  • And (Elijah) arose and ate and drank, and went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights to Horeb, the mount of God. 1 Kings 19:8

  • Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown! Jonah 3:4

  • And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. Mark 1:13

  • He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God. Acts 1:3

“It may be seen quite readily that the period here denotes a time of testing.  One might say God suspends his wrath, that he exercises patience to give man a chance by which he might profit or which he might reject, but which carries the risk of bringing down on him God’s wrath.  The striking thing about this series of texts however, is that the delay in God’s wrath and judgment always has a favorable outcome.  Noah is saved, Moses becomes the leader of God’s people, Israel enters Palestine, Elijah returns when he learns there are seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal, Jesus overcomes temptation and angels minister to him.  We know of no instance where forty days or years do not lead to salvation.”  (The Judgement of Jonah by Jacque Ellul)

“And account that the longsuffering (patience) of our Lord is salvation…”

(2 Peter 3: 15, KJV)


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