As I wait for my flight to leave, I decide to Google the significance of the number 40 in the Bible. I chose 40 days to do this journey, so I wonder does it have any meaning ?
The number appears everywhere. I am a bit taken aback. It suggests, I may be in for a bumpy ride !!!.
It rained for 40 days and nights causing the great flood. Jesus was tempted for 40 days and nights; Moses spent 40 days and nights on Mount Sinai for the 10 Commandments; the Israelite`s spent 40 years wandering the desert; 40 lashes for punishment; 40 weeks of childbearing and so on. Its all a bit heavy ! However, if you get through it all….
Moses and his family, then had the world to themselves. Jesus was prepared for his ministry and saved us all !. Moses got the 10 commandments !. The Israelite`s got the promised land !. So there is a positive here !!!
As its my intention to be good and as I feel I have the childbearing area covered. I am going to follow the advice of the learned scholars who suggest that 40 denotes a period of preparation, for some special action of the Lord .
Oh Lord be kind, your servant is weak !
As the flight lands in Seville, the pilot says “Welcome to Seville, the temperature is 32c, but feels like 40c”. However he is wrong, temperature is 47c. All the restaurants have mist sprays , watering their patrons like exotic orchids.