What is the significance of 40 days?

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  1. trying2understand

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    We see "forty days" quite a bit in Scripture.

    Why forty days?

    What is the significance?

    It rained 40 days and nights: Gen 7:4, 12.

    Forty days after sighting the tops of the mountains, Noah set forth a raven and a dove: Gen 8:6-7.

    Joseph mourned the death of his father Jacob for a period of 40 days: Gen 49:33 - Gen 50:3.

    Moses on Sinai for 40 days: Exo 24:18, 34:28, Deu 9:9-11.

    Moses pleads for Israel 40 days on Sinai: Deu 9:18-25, 10:10.

    Canaan spied on for 40 days: Num 13:25, 14:34.

    Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days: 1 Sam 17:16.

    Elijah fasted and journeyed to Horeb for 40 days: 1 Kings 19:8.

    Ezekiel bore the iniquity of Judah for 40 days: Eze 4:6.

    Jonah warned Nineveh of judgment in 40 days: Jonah 3:4.

    Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days: Matt 4:2, Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2.

    Jesus was seen for 40 days after His crucifixion: Acts 1:3.


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  2. Debby in Philly

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    Interesting. From your list alone, it would seem like it signifies a period of reflection and cleansing. Good point.
     

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