The number 40 appears often:
It rained 40 days and nights:
Genesis 7:4, 12.
40 days after sighting the
tops of the mountains, Noah set forth a raven and a dove:
Joseph mourned the death of his
father Jacob for a period of 40 days: Genesis 49:33 -
Moses was on Sinai for 40 days:
Exodus 24:18, 34:28, Deuteronomy 9:9-11.
Moses pleaded for
40 days on Sinai: Deuteronomy 9:18-25,
spied on for 40 days: Numbers
Goliath taunted Israel for 40 days: 1 Samuel
Elijah fasted and journeyed to Horeb for 40 days: 1 Kings 19:8.
Ezekiel bore the iniquity of
for 40 days: Ezekiel 4:6.
of judgment in 40 days: Jonah 3:4.
Jesus fasted in the wilderness for 40 days: Matthew 4:2,
Mark 1:13, Luke 4:2.
Jesus was seen for 40 days
after His crucifixion: Acts 1:3.
In each case the number 40 is associated with
a period of trial, probation or chastisement. And these
words appear to aptly describe the period currently being
endured by the Christian communities in the Holy Land.
Won't you help them, connect to them, in
this period of their need?