God, Hebrews, and the Number 40

What’s with the Hebrews and the number forty? Sounds like they were heavily into numerology.

  • The Flood rain was forty days.
  • After landing on the mountaintop, Noah waited forty days to open the windows in the Ark.
  • Moses was on the mountain for forty days.
  • The Hebrews walked the desert for forty years
  • They search out the Promised Land for forty days
  • Isaac was forty when he married Rebekah.
  • Twice, Judges gave peace for forty years.
  • One occasion, war for forty years.
  • One Judge had forty sons…poor wife.
  • Saul ruled for forty years.
  • David ruled for forty years.
  • Solomon ruled for forty years.
  • Joash ruled for forty years.
  • Prophecy said Egypt would be barren for forty years.
  • Elijah was in the desert for forty days.
  • Jesus walked the desert for forty days.
  • Joseph walked Nineveh for forty days.
  • Jesus was said to appear to his followers for forty days after his resurrection from the dead.

I’ve heard, but never checked, that forty years is mentioned forty times in the Bible.
The word ‘forty’ is mentioned one hundred and forty times. This seems to be an obsession with the Jews…or ‘God.’

I know I have missed a few (?) here, but doesn’t this raise a few questions about the stories? Do modern day Christian religions have an obsession with the number 40? I haven’t heard anything about this.

Update: Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating a Jewish slave…at the age of forty. 6.15.08

Moses spent 40 years in Midian tending his father-in-law’s sheep.

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22 Responses to God, Hebrews, and the Number 40

  1. MINISTERING ANGELS
    The Bible makes it very clear that we are to send the angels out to fight for us, for they have much more power than us mere mortals. For all the problems that we face are orchestrated by the evil unseen principalities and powers, which seeks constantly to destroy us.
    The Lord said to me, “ that one of His angels has enough power to deal with all my troubles,” and yet He assures me that He has multitudes ready to swing into action on our behalf, when we give the command for them to fight. Have you commanded them today to fight for you?
    The Lord recently has spoken to me, and said, “Where my angels are, there is my presence.” He said angels must fight the powers of darkness, man cannot defeat such powers, angels will rescue you from all evil.
    Never ask an angel for help ,never pray to them, never seek to converse with them, unless they speak to you a message that has been given to them by our Lord. Angels are servants of God and His children. God has provided strength for us by these angelic beings.
    When Christ was on this earth in His human form He needed strength, just like we do today, and God sent one of His angels to strengthen Him. So that He could obtain salvation for us.
    When you need strength, then command angels to bring you strength from your heavenly Father, in fact you can command angels to bring anything that you have asked your Father for. For example, health, wealth, deliverance, peace, etc.
    Now, some people are very confused about pictures or statues of angels, thinking that it is forbidden in the Bible to look upon such things, but in fact what the Bible says is that we must not bow down and worship images. For these visual aids actually help us to see that there is more to this world than the physical realm.
    Bible tells us that our warfare is not against flesh and blood, but against principalities and powers. So, we must use the angelic powers from God, to deal with these unseen powers by commanding angels.

    I hope that you use these spiritual warfare secrets that the Lord has shown me. Once you begin to enter this realm of believing there is no going back, you must send angels out every day, to fight the evil spirits of infirmities, which is sickness and disease, the spirit of uncleanliness, which is the evil lusts, in mind and deed.
    The spirit of poverty, which are evil attacks on your finances, and anything else that you could possibly think of where you need help.
    Most important of all, every day we must repent, and live in the victory, that Christ Jesus has saved us.
    EVANGELIST BILLY BOLITHO
    http://www.evangelistbillybolitho.blogspot.com

  2. thewordofme says:

    Hi Billy,

    I’m sorry sir, I believe you are mistaken in your beliefs. There is no Lord who will give you secrets of anything. The Hebrew God is a myth. twom

  3. NO, YOU ARE THE MISTAKEN ONE. FOR THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD OF THE WHOLE EARTH, AND THAT GOD CAN ONLY BE FOUND IN THE BIBLE, ASK JESUS .

  4. thewordofme says:

    There are no evil spirits, no magic, no supernatural.
    There is absolutely no evidence…at all…for the things you speak off. You are just passing on old myths and stories of the supernatural.
    If you are making your living by spreading this stuff to superstitious people…well, shame on you. Its all lies. You are adding to the obtuseness of America. twom

  5. your lack of faith does not change the fact, yes, the truth that the Saviour JesusChrist, who is unseen and sitting on the throne in heaven, who loves you very much, and wants to bring joy and happiness to your life, and cleanse you from your sin, washing you whiter than snow, and longs for you to accept Him so that you can go to heaven, which is a very real place. The world that you see is temporal, but the world that you cannot see is eternal.

  6. thewordofme says:

    The world we see is the only reality for us humans.

    There are no proofs for God. Not only the one Christians worship, but any others that mankind has invented in their over 200,000 year reign on earth.

    The Christian faith is sadly, way behind the times. For almost 2,000 years people could not disprove Biblical assertions and this enslaved Western culture.

    Now, with the advance of science and rational thought…a lot of this crud is being disproved. You may think you have the truth, but in fact you are a dinosaur.

    There is no magic, human shape figure floating around in space waiting to be worshiped by humans…what kind of a god would want that anyway…old myths die hard, but they do die, thank goodness.

    • Anonymous says:

      Have you read the bible? Ignorance is not bliss. I pray you will come to know the Lord Jesus Christ and not realize you were wrong before its too late. Heaven or Hell? You choose, its a choice for all of eternity………

      • the word of me says:

        Hello Anonymous, thanks for writing.

        You sound like a Baptist or a Pentecostal. They are the only ones who open a reply to me with the threat of Hell. Lucky for me that there’s no Hell 🙂 and although the fundamentalist churches have been predicting the “end times” forever, we probably will not see the end time anytime soon, and when we do it will be because we killed our self through stupidity…not some mythical giant Jesus arriving in the sky with trumpet blasts, etc..

  7. Sally Cooper says:

    Linguistically, in the bible the number 40 means “many”, so Jesus was lashed many times, he spent many days in the desert, it rained for many days and nights, the Judge had many sons, Jesus appeared after many days. Makes more sense now, right?

  8. thewordofme says:

    Hi Sally Cooper, thank you for writing.

    Searching Google for ‘number 40 in Bible’ returns 495,000 hits. Searching ‘Strong’s Concordance’ it returns that ‘forty’ is used 158 times in 145 verses in the KJV Bible.

    Sounds like one of those literary clichés that we sometimes use, like: “Once upon a time”, or “It was a dark and stormy night”.

    Some theologists say that it’s used to mean a ‘time of testing’ or a period of ‘revival or renewal’ Sounds logical to me.
    Have a great day…

  9. CityGates says:

    Hey man, how angry would you be if you saw something really awesome and wrote it down, and then people not only told you it was false and picked it apar but also got mad at you for telling lies lol. Tats what you’re doing hahaha. Evidence of a creator is in Creation. No cadillac ever suddenly started to exist, it was made. By cadillac. Simple?

  10. thewordofme says:

    Hi CityGates, thanks for writing.

    Of course your reply begs the question: who created God? 🙂

    What those wandering Jews wrote about 2500-3000 years ago is highly questionable, and of course we know Paul made up the Christian religion, as Jesus was a solid Jewish character speaking for the Jewish cause.

    • Jordan! says:

      Hey man, can’t help but notice your arguement while surfing the web… Umm… Who created God u ask? The law of causation states “Everything that is created, has a cause”… Now on the other hand, YHWH is eternal… He had no cause, he had no beggining… He is simply eternal… (And flawless.) So the answer to your question: Nobody created God… Cause using the law of Causation…::: God has no beggining, he is simply there… Which obviously our minds cannot comprehend ‘eternal’… Our minds can only go so far… I do hope and pray Jesus Christ will open up your eyes, and reveal to you that theres more to this life then constantly being depressed, hurting and broken… God bless!

  11. the word of me says:

    Hello Jordan, thanks for writing.

    You write:
    “Hey man, can’t help but notice your arguement [sic] while surfing the web… Umm… Who created God u ask? The law of causation states “Everything that is created, has a cause”

     From Wikipedia:
     Causation (law), a key component to establish liability in both criminal and civil law
     Causation in English law defines the requirement for liability in negligence
     Causation (sociology), the belief that events occur in predictable ways and that one event leads to another
     Proximate causation
     “Correlation does not imply causation”, phrase used in the sciences and statistics
     Proximate cause, the basis of liability in negligence in the United States
     Causality, in philosophy, a relationship that describes and analyses cause and effect
     Causality (physics)

    Can’t find that “law of causation” you mention, however I was able to find the “theory of causation”, but there is more than one of them. So basically I don’t know what you are talking about here. Do you suppose the “theory” of causation” is like Darwin’s theory of evolution? You know like physically testable, repeatable, and proven by tens or hundreds of thousands of scientists using it as a basis for their work?

    No sir, that “theory” of causation” is always going to be flawed by the simple fact that God needs a first cause also…you can’t have it both ways. Well you can, but it doesn’t jibe with logic and reason.
    God is not able to be proven…never has…never will. In the meantime science marches on and darn if it doesn’t just keep dis-proving the Bible. For nearly 2,000 years man has used the bible as the source of a religious world-view, that is, using the Bible to “prove” that the earth and mankind was created somewhere around 6,000 years ago, we are the children of two humans created ex-nihilo and wholly grown, that there was a giant, world destroying flood survived by Noah and his sons and their wives, that God caused all the languages in the world and many other things.

    Well, without actually trying, science is proving that all of that stuff is just mythical. Things that were once thought to be true by the Bible view are now dis-proven by science…it has NEVER gone the other way. There is no supernatural forces at work in this world…never was.

    You write:
    “… I do hope and pray Jesus Christ will open up your eyes, and reveal to you that theres [sic] more to this life then constantly being depressed, hurting and broken… God bless!”

    Jordan, I thank you kindly for your concern, but I have to tell you that I do not fit your impression of what an atheist must be. I have a wonderful family…a wife, 5 grown children and 6 beautiful grandchildren. I am not depressed, hurting, or broken. In fact, I enjoy the heck out of life and this world. I do not see a God at work on earth and I do not find a need for this myth in my life…I am quite happy without Him/Her/It in my life.

    Respectfully, twom

  12. Me ;) says:

    Dear, the word of me

    I see you like to research and that’s real good, that way no one can make a fool out of you. As for my self I do the same thing. I don’t like to be told or even live in a lie. But I think you should think of Christianity with and open mind just by they title You give to your self (the word of me) it let’s me know your not only a bit closed minded. But it’s ok were not force to do anything neither the less accept something that is not true right. But I always wonder why is it that people that don’t believe always try to make us believe or think the way you all do? Or why is there all ways counter attacking all Christian beliefs. ( excuse me for using some words that sound thought, it makes it hard for me to explain my self I don’t mean no disrespect). I think we are all free to choose what we want to believe and Not to. God made us that way! He never wanted to slave us to think is way. And in the bible it said that to some that don’t believe they were given the freedom to live lives with out remorse or conscience o right and Wrong doing. But what makes me believe in God is all the prophecies. Many years when our scientist in the US or Europe etc did not know there was a universe the bible states it clearly that there was. During the Christopher Colombus era when everyone thought the earth was flat, in the book of Job it clearly states it was round and held by nothing, a few years after they thought it was held by Atlas or on the back of turtles ( now that is something strange). But there are some many I could tell you and show you in the bible even scientist can’t explain themselves so they choose to not believe. Non believers is also a prophecy coming true even as a write this. So I wanted to share this with you not hoping to change your beliefs ( never) but to just give my belief which is based on one of the oldest book in history, and you might say well they changed it or wrote addition or took of some parts but that’s when faith comes in. I have understood something there is always gonna be people that will be against our faith or believes not only related to this topic but to everything. But I’m also sure there gonna be a couple maybe 2 or 50 or 40 (since were talking about 40) or billions, but there will be always people that honor and serve God.

    In conclusion lol you said something that caught my eye I quote “old myths die hard, but they do die, thank goodness”

    Well it has not died and maybe you will rest in peace, and it will not die, I will rest in peace and like i said before it will continue, there will be ppl that say it’s not true, but even in the darkest moments they will be ppl that fight for the truth.

    Big foot myth died.
    Logness monster myth died. (it’s misspelled I know lol)
    God truth is not dead until 2011.
    That leads me to believe it’s true. “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away .Luke 21:33” and that’s The Word Of God.

    well take care 😉

  13. the word of me says:

    Hello Me ;), thanks for writing

    You write:
    “I see you like to research and that’s real good, that way no one can make a fool out of you. As for myself I do the same thing. I don’t like to be told or even live in a lie. But I think you should think of Christianity with and open mind just by they title You give to your self (the word of me) it let’s me know your not only a bit closed minded.”

    Me, you have no idea of the time I have put in in the exploration of Christianity, and religion in general. If I sound closed minded it’s because I have explored ALL the different arguments for a Christian God and religion in general, and have found all of it to be fraud. **There is no truth to be found in the Bible…its myth, pure and simple. **

    ** Yes, I know some people and places in the book are real…but it’s mostly mythical stories written by goat herders who thought magic was real.**

    You write:
    “But it’s ok were not force to do anything neither the less accept something that is not true right. But I always wonder why is it that people that don’t believe always try to make us believe or think the way you all do? Or why is there all ways counter attacking all Christian beliefs. ( excuse me for using some words that sound thought, it makes it hard for me to explain my self I don’t mean no disrespect).

    I don’t know about any other atheists, but all I’m really trying to do is get the truth out there in general circulation. The Bible is full of lies and misdirection and is rapidly falling apart as science happens to investigate things that impinge on its veracity. Example: The continual finding of and excavation of tens of thousands of human bones and remains that are reliably dated many many thousands of years before the accepted time of Adam and Eve is putting to rest the idea that they were the progenitors of the human race. They didn’t exist. DNA evidence says the same thing.

    It’s not so much counter-attacking as it is telling the Christian believer the simple truth…that they are wrong. Christians have been proselytizing the whole world for a few thousand years…they deserve some payback. 🙂

    You write:
    “I think we are all free to choose what we want to believe and Not to. God made us that way! He never wanted to slave us to think is way. And in the bible it said that to some that don’t believe they were given the freedom to live lives with out remorse or conscience o right and Wrong doing.”

    Yes, it’s called “free will.” Thankfully we got away from letting religion decide what we can believe and think about religion. Think back to the Dark Ages that Europe went through when Christian religion would kill you if you disagreed with it. Regarding remorse and conscience I have lived without recourse to so called “Biblical morality” at all, and I find my life is great and I don’t go out raping and killing as some Christians seem to think us atheist are prone to.

    You write:
    “But what makes me believe in God is all the prophecies. Many years when our scientist in the US or Europe etc did not know there was a universe the bible states it clearly that there was. During the Christopher Colombus era when everyone thought the earth was flat, in the book of Job it clearly states it was round and held by nothing, a few years after they thought it was held by Atlas or on the back of turtles ( now that is something strange).”

    What you are talking about here are not technically prophecies, they are observations of the natural world. Prior to the early 1900’s scientists knew there was a universe…they just underestimated its size by a few trillion times. The book of Job calls it a circle. Stand in the middle of a really big field and turn around 360 degrees…it looks like a circle. The ancient peoples used to think of the earth as being covered by a translucent bowl and God would open “windows” to let the rain in. By the time of Columbus naturalists (early scientists) were beginning to understand that the earth was a “sphere” and that you could not sail off the “edge”.

    I have looked at a number of the “prophecies” from the Old Testament that are supposed to foretell Jesus and I found the majority of them really straining my credibility as to their supposed interpretation. Of course the Jews still think the Messiah hasn’t come yet. Remember also that the Orthodox Church had uncontested possession of all the Biblical writings for over a thousand years…they only showed what they wanted to, and they burned and destroyed whatever they chose. Maybe they even rewrote some stuff.

    Here’s a list of thing that are pretty much wrong about the Biblical stories.
    • The earth is 4.5 billion years old—not 6,000
    • There was no Adam and Eve as portrayed in the Bible…no “original sin”
    • There was no world-wide flood
    • There was no “Tower of Babel
    • There was no Hebrew “Exodus” out of Egypt
    • “Moses” did not write the Pentateuch.
    • Jesus (if he existed) was not “God”
    • Paul invented “Original Sin”
    • Much of the Bible is not written by who they say they were.
    • There are MANY discrepancies in the Bible…some are irreconcilable.

    Understand this please…all I am doing here is giving you factual information for you to think about and investigate and research if you choose to.

    The “Bigfoot” myth is alive and well in most of the country.
    Loch Ness monster has been shown to be a fake.
    Yes, the Jesus and God myth still lives, but it is slowly dying away as science learns more.

    Humans have been roaming the earth for 200,000 years…where was God all that time before the Hebrews invented him about 1000-1500 BC?

    You take care also “Me ;)” Don’t be a stranger.

    • Anonymous says:

      Just because you don’t believe in God doesn’t mean that other people can’t. They can’t force you to believe in Him just like you can’t force them NOT to. To each, his (or her) own. Just don’t be rude by calling it a myth. Instead, maybe say something like, “I think that God is a myth.” Many people, myself not included, could take offense to your blatant denial of the possibility of there being a God. And, if I may give my opinion, there are may things that we don’t yet know or understand about this universe, and maybe in the future we will find some conclusive proof of whether or not there is a God. But until then, and I know you’ve been told this already, but keep an open mind, or at least don’t be rude to those who do believe. Thanks!

      • the word of me says:

        Hello Anonymous, thanks for writing.

        You write:
        “Just because you don’t believe in God doesn’t mean that other people can’t. They can’t force you to believe in Him just like you can’t force them NOT to. To each, his (or her) own. Just don’t be rude by calling it a myth. Instead, maybe say something like, “I think that God is a myth.”

        I believe that people can believe anything they want as long as that belief does not somehow impinge on my own rights and liberties.

        With that in mind, and in respect for our freedom of speech, you are free to inflict your beliefs on me (and people like you have done this for the last 2,000 years), and I figure I have the right to respond in any way I choose. Remember there are no longer any church driven Blasphemy or Heretical laws anymore.

        I think if you were to learn about all the evidence… you would agree that God is a myth as I do. Remember Christians have been proselytizing us heathens for so long…now it’s our turn to proselytize them (You) 🙂

        You write:
        ” Many people, myself not included, could take offense to your blatant denial of the possibility of there being a God.”

        The only ones I worry about are the Muslim radicals…they believe in the same God we do (so they say) and will kill you for Blasphemy or being a heretic. Something is wrong there.

        You write:
        ” …but keep an open mind, or at least don’t be rude to those who do believe. Thanks!

        Was I rude to you?

    • Anonymous says:

      Oh, and by the way, the stories in the Bible are meant to be viewed not as a literal history, but from a faith perspective. And the book of Genesis, as well as other stories mixed in throughout the Bible, was not meant to be taken as literal truth. It was all symbolism. No, there was no Adam or Eve, the people. But they were meant to represent humanity as a whole, Adam obviously representing men and Eve representing women. However, the Exodus did actually take place at a real point in history. Maybe not exactly in the way set down in the Bible, but it did take place. And, saying that Jesus was not God is your opinion, not a literal fact.

      I also think you may be wrong about Paul inventing Origina Sin. He may have been the first to call it that, I don’t know. However, I think it has probably been going on since life has exited, in some form or other.

      By the way, just so you know, this is coming from a person who has known all her life that Nessie isn’t real, Bigfoot, and yetis are not real. They go in the same category as “the world is flat” and “the sun goes around the Earth”. However, because most of the things written in the Bible are subjective things such as beliefs, not objective truths like how Bigfoot doesn’t exist, you cannot place them in the same category.

      • the word of me says:

        Hello again Anonymous,

        You write:
        “Oh, and by the way, the stories in the Bible are meant to be viewed not as a literal history, but from a faith perspective. And the book of Genesis, as well as other stories mixed in throughout the Bible, was not meant to be taken as literal truth. It was all symbolism. No, there was no Adam or Eve, the people. But they were meant to represent humanity as a whole, Adam obviously representing men and Eve representing women.”

        I am well aware that the Bible (most of it anyway) is nothing but myth, but we have those pesky fundamentalist Christians to contend with and they insist that the Bible is 100% truth and totally correct in everything it says. Well it isn’t, and that’s a fact.

        Yes Adam and Eve is pure myth and it has been proven by archaeology and DNA science. Modern humans have been roaming the earth for 200,000 years and by 15,000 years ago (maybe earlier) Humans were on every continent (except Antarctica), in the world.

        You write:
        “However, the Exodus did actually take place at a real point in history. Maybe not exactly in the way set down in the Bible, but it did take place. And, saying that Jesus was not God is your opinion, not a literal fact.

        I’m sorry to inform you, but the Exodus never did happen as it was written in the Bible. There was never a million plus Hebrews moving through the Sinai desert for 40 years. Archaeologists have been searching for evidence of this myth for over a hundred years and have found…zilch…absolutely nothing to back up the story. They have also proven that Joshua never knocked down the walls of Jericho, or any of the other (save one) Biblical attested cities he was supposed to have conquered.

        The first 5 books of the Old Testament (Torah) were very probably NOT written by Moses either. Way to much evidence against it.

        The bit about Jesus probably being merely human is brought about by the knowledge that Adam and Eve never existed (a fact that Paul never knew) and he put the whole “original sin”
        onus on them and our consequent need of a ‘Saviour’ to expiate non-existent sins.

        “Original Sin’ is never mentioned in the Old Testament and roughly 500-600 years went by before Paul finally got hold of the Septuagint and invented it for his version of religion.

        You write:
        “However, because most of the things written in the Bible are subjective things such as beliefs, not objective truths like how Bigfoot doesn’t exist, you cannot place them in the same category.

        For 2,000 years now Christians have said the things in the Bible are Gods truth and now we know for a fact that a lot of it is pure myth…so I AM placing what is know to be myths in the same category as Santa Claus, the Tooth Fairy, Bigfoot, etc., etc.

        If enough of the Bible is proven myth…what does that say about your religion?

        Do you believe in magik?

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