Friday, February 19, 2010

Why Lent is forty days?

Thanks to Taylor Marshall for this beautiful collection of Biblical passages of why Lent is 40 days.


In Sacred Scripture, the number forty is a sign of penance:

* God made it rain for forty days and forty nights in the days of Noah (Gen 7:4 - by the way they only ate fish on the ark, not meat)
* Moses spent forty days fasting on Mount Sinai with God (Exodus 24:18)
* The People of Israel people wandered forty years traveling to the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33)
* Elijah spent forty days and forty nights walking to Mount Horeb (1 Kings 19:8)
* Jonah prophesied forty days of judgment for Nineveh to repent (Jonah 3:4).
* Jesus fasted for forty days days in the wilderness, and was tempted by the devil (Matthew 4:1-2, Mark 1:12-13, Luke 4:1-2)
* Jesus was also in the tomb for about forty hours.

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