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The Significance of 40 In The Bible

The number 40 is mentioned over 145 times in scripture, depending on the translation. The symbolism of 40 in the Bible generally symbolizes a period of testing, trial and then, finally, triumph. Well, then isn't it interesting that a complete pregnancy is considered to be 40 weeks?

Through hardships lasting 40 days (or weeks) or years, we endure to become more spiritually aware of our need for God. If we use the time of our pregnancy to draw nearer to God, to grow into a deeper and more intimate relationship with our Creator as we ourselves help create our own child, how much more transforming and sanctifying can this journey become?

Whether it's your first or fifth pregnancy, each time is unique and presents its own sets of challenges and opportunities to lean on our Heavenly Father.

What if we saw these "40" weeks as a test, trial and ultimate TRIUMPH with our reward birthing our baby in the way God has intended? We might face our fears, our aches and yes our pains as bringing us one step closer to triumph. There is growth happening. As you watch your body growing to make room for your baby, note and embrace the spiritual growth that is inevitably and simultaneously happening within.

Some references to the number 40 in the Bible:

- The Israelites wandered the desert for 40 years

- God flooded the earth for 40 days

- King Saul, David and Solomon each ruled for 40


- Jesus fasted for 40 days and 40 nights during

His greatest temptation

- Moses was on Mt. Sinai on 2 occasions for 40 days and nights

- Goliath mocked the Israelites for 40 davs

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