Forty Remarkable Days that Changed the World

GodReflection: God Breaks in Mondays

garyguarujaTo tell the truth I don’t get it.

What’s so special about the number 40?

There are twelve occasions in Scripture when the intensity of God focuses upon the earth for forty days in judgment and/or in deliverance.

It rain forty days and forty nights when God delivered Noah and his family as He judged wickedness.

The Egyptians took forty days to embalm Jacob the patriarch who was recipient of the heavenly promise to make and deliver a nation adopted by God.

desert14Moses spent forty days on the mountain with God to receive the law, then spent forty days prostrate on his face to plead with God not to destroy His sinful chosen people.

Finally, he returned a second time to meet the Almighty during forty more days as God’s finger chiseled out a replacement copy.

In anticipation of the Jordan River crossing into the land to be conquered, Moses sends out twelve men under the protection of God to explore the region during forty days. Their fear and disobedience cost them forty years of desert judgment.

On the occasion that brings David onto the national stage, he confronts Goliath and the Philistine army who challenged God for forty days.

God sustains Elijah forty days and forty nights as he crosses the desert to Mount Horeb in flight for his life as he hides from King Ahab and Queen Jezebel.

In the account of the prophet Jonah and his fish salvation, God gives the city of Nineveh forty days to repent.

desert17As the New Testament begins, I quickly encounter Jesus in the desert forty days and forty nights as Satan tempts the Son of God and angels attend him.

All eleven stories move toward the big forty days just prior to Jesus’ ascension to the Father.

These forty days ignite the worldwide mission of Jesus.

Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John share the story of defeated Messiah followers after the crucifixion.  The Romans nailed Hope to the cross and two high-ranking Jews placed defeat into a tomb. The loss was beyond what words could express.

It is time for God to break in with forty days of fuel—enough power to begin resurrecting the body of Christ and building it into an eternal living and breathing church.

The all-important forty days begin. Resurrection comes to resuscitate hope. Slowly confidence builds as Jesus’ closest followers experience what seem to be random encounters with the risen Messiah.

desert16Mary holds onto the Lord, John believes, two disciples take a road trip to Emmaus with Jesus and break bread with him.

Thomas checks out nail holes and sword scars. The disciple watch him eat real food, and seven disciples witnessed the repeat of a Jesus’ fishing miracle that culminated in a fish fry with the resurrected Lord.

However, what intrigues me is Paul’s mention of Jesus’ appearance  to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep (1 Corinthians 15:6).

Whatever happened when Jesus met with over five hundred disciple he left no doubt. He was indeed the risen Messiah.

Defeat turned to courage after the forty days and the ascension of Jesus. 

Those forty days God broke in and empowered the disciple as He gave them a story they could not deny.  Those forty days kept fact from becoming fable.

Jesus is alive. God raised him from among the dead.

It is that fact that gravitates to the center of all reality.

It is a strong enough fact to stake my life upon don’t you think?

Stay tuned.

Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on God Breaks Into Forty Days.



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