Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Did you know that there are 40 parables in the bible? In reading the gospels, Jesus spoke in lots of parables. Interestingly, it was a total of 40. This number seems to pop up a lot in significant events in the bible.
Jesus fasting for 40 days/nights. Noah's ark was in the flood rain for 40 days/nights. Moses stayed up in the mountaintop w/ God for 40 days/nights. Moses also fell prostrate before the Lord for 40 days/nights. The people of Israel walked in the desert for 40 years. Elijah traveled 40 days/ nights to reach Horeb, the mountain of God. And speaking of dead people in the blog b4 this, it takes 40 days to embalm a dead person. Am sure there are many other 40# references. Just a few I observed.

I thought I heard someone mentioning why God used that 40# often, but can someone explain? point of this blog was to get your input on which of the 40 parables you like the most and why? Thanks!


Danger Ashley said...

Mitch and I talked about a couple of 40's in the Bible last night after midweek. We talked about Jesus fasting for 40 days and being tempted. We also talked about some 40 year periods and Moses. Psalm 40 is one of my favorite Psalms. U2 wrote a song "40" which is based on Psalm 40. We sang it a couple years ago at a singles conference. I think my favorite parables are about the lost coin, lost sheep, and the lost son.

Tera Chau said...

Hmmm interesting bout 40... I think the meaning of 40 was mentioned in one of the books I read, I'll look it up tonite!

I think one of my fav parables is the lost son too, AND the one we read the other day bout the talents... there is so much substantive detail in that one parable (the talents), I love it!

Tera Chau said...

A 40 time period, whether days, months, or years is always a period of testing, trial, probation, or chastisement (but not judgment) and ends with a period of restoration, revival or renewal. :)