Musings on the Number Forty

It’s Lent – forty days of preparation for Easter (Sundays don’t count.)

Forty’s kind of an interesting number:

Why is it spelled “Forty” and not “Fourty”?

Noah’s flood lasted forty days and forty nights.

The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years after scouts spied in the Promised Land for forty days. (With the exception of Joshua and Caleb, the spies were a bunch of wimps. God Himself said that they would successfully conquer the land, but the other scouts were too scared to try.)

Jesus fasted for forty days in the desert.

Jesus stayed on earth forty days after his resurrection.


And for some of us, sixty is the new forty!

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