40 DAYS — Time with God
Biblically speaking, the number 40 holds huge significance. During the time of Noah, it rained for 40 days and 40 nights (Genesis 7:12).
The Israelites wandered in the wilderness for 40 years (Joshua 5:6).
Jesus spent 40 days and 40 nights fasting in the desert being tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:2).
It was after this period that He began His ministry on earth.
Jesus remained on earth for 40 days after His resurrection (Acts1:3).
It is also interesting to note, during this surreal time in our world’s history because of Covid-19 and people having to quarantine worldwide, that the word ‘Quarantine’ stems from a Venetian dialect of the Italian ‘quaranta giorni’ which means 40 days.
To quarantine is the practice of isolation to prevent the spread of an epidemic disease, and was first mentioned during the Black Death (the devastating global epidemic of bubonic plague that struck the world in the mid-1300s). 40 days was the period that ships had to isolate offshore before passengers and crew could go ashore. This book was written prayerfully, with hope. The title ‘40 Days – Time with God’ was chosen with care.
‘40 Days – Time with God’ can be used in many ways: for example, during the 40-day preparation for Easter, or, whenever Christians want to take stock of themselves and be encouraged, or, as content for fellowship/study groups. It can also be used to establish and/or continue times together as a family.
We are further hoping that the lock-down that we are experiencing internationally can be used productively for Christians to grow in faith.
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