Friday, November 1, 2013

40 Days

Ezekiel 4:6 "After you have finished this, lie down again, this time on your right side, and bear the sin of the house of Judah. I have assigned you 40 days, a day for each year.
Genesis 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights
Genesis 50: 3 taking a full forty days, for that was the time required for embalming. And the Egyptians mourned for him seventy days.
Exodus 24: 18 Then Moses entered the cloud as he went on up the mountain. And he stayed on the mountain forty days and forty nights.
Numbers 13: 25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.
Matthews 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.
Exodus 34: 28 Moses was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights without eating bread or drinking water. And he wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant--the Ten Commandments.
1 Kings 19:8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.
·         Horeb is thought to mean glowing/heat, which seems to be a reference to the sun, while Sinai may have derived from the name of Sin, the Sumerian deity of the moon, and thus Sinai and Horeb would be the mountain of the moon and sun, respectively.
·         Horeb (a.k.a. Sinai, and the Mountain of God) is the mountain where Moses fasts for two times forty days back to back, as he receives the Law (Exodus 3:1). Later the prophet Elijah also spends forty days fasting on Horeb (1 Kings 19:8), after which he has his famous conversation with God in the cave (19:9-18).
·         The name Horeb comes from Horeb (hareb) meaning to dry up, be in ruins, lay waste.
Jonah 3: 4 On the first day, Jonah started into the city. He proclaimed: "Forty more days and Nineveh will be overturned."
·         Nineveh is the capital of Assyria, built by Nimrod (Genesis 10:10). It's also the city to which Jonah was sent (Jonah 1:2)
·         In cognate languages the city of Nineveh was known as Nina, Ninua or Ninu, so the Hebrew rendering of Nineveh should be expected to be a meaningless transliteration more than a deliberate name. However, the form Nineveh may have reminded a Hebrew audience of a combination of nin (nin) and nawa (naweh):
·         nin (nin) means offspring, from the root nun (nun) meaning propagate, increase. nun (nun).
·         nawa (naweh) means dwelling, from the root nawa (nawa) meaning keep at home.
Forty is the only number which, when spelled out in full, has its letters in alphabetical order. Forty is a composite number, an octagonal number, and as the sum of the first four pentagonal numbers, it is a pentagonal pyramidal number. Adding up some subsets of its divisors (e.g., 1, 4, 5, 10 and 20) gives 40, hence 40 is a semiperfect number.
·         A composite number is a positive integer that has at least one positive divisor other than one or itself.
·         An octagonal number is a figurate number that represents an octagon.
·         A pentagonal number is a figurate number that extends the concept of triangular and square numbers to the pentagon (Having “5” sides).
·         In number theory, a semiperfect number or pseudoperfect number is a natural number n that is equal to the sum of all or some of its proper divisors.
·         In science it is the atomic number of zirconium. (Zirconium is a lustrous, greyish-white, soft, ductile and malleable metal which is solid at room temperature.)
·         In astronomy, the planet Venus forms a pentagram in the night sky every eight years with it returning to its original point every 40 years with a 40 day regression.
·         In religion, the number 40 is used in Jewish, Christian, Islamic, and other Middle Eastern traditions to represent a large, approximate number: "umpteen".
·         a number equal to four times 10
Four: Genesis 1: 1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light "day," and the darkness he called "night." And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day. 6 And God said, "Let there be an expanse between the waters to separate water from water." 7 So God made the expanse and separated the water under the expanse from the water above it. And it was so. 8 God called the expanse "sky." And there was evening, and there was morning--the second day. 9 And God said, "Let the water under the sky be gathered to one place, and let dry ground appear." And it was so. 10 God called the dry ground "land," and the gathered waters he called "seas." And God saw that it was good. 11 Then God said, "Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds." And it was so. 12 The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening, and there was morning--the third day. 14 And God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth." And it was so. 16 God made two great lights--the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night. He also made the stars. 17 God set them in the expanse of the sky to give light on the earth, 18 to govern the day and the night, and to separate light from darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening, and there was morning--the fourth day.
Before God put any kind of creature on the Earth, it was prepared. God planted “seeds” that bore more “seeds”. He supplied water and light, which this light is mention in two parts of Genesis. Verses 3 and 4, the light is separated from the darkness. Verse 14 thru 18, the light was given to govern the day and night, in the expanse of the sky. It is also utilized to give signs of seasons, days, and years.
Ten: “10” is the first number after all the single digits. When separated it has one and nothing.
·         A collection of ten items (most often ten years) is called a decade.
·         The ordinal adjective is denary.
·         Increasing a quantity by one order of magnitude is most widely understood to mean multiplying the quantity by ten.
·         To reduce something by one-tenth is to decimate. (In ancient Rome, the killing of one in ten soldiers in a cohort was the punishment for cowardice or mutiny; or, one-tenth of the able-bodied men in a village as a form of retribution, thus causing a labor shortage and threat of starvation in agrarian societies.)
·         With ten being the base of the decimal system, a scale of 1 to 10 is often used to rank things, as a smaller version of a 1-to-100 scale (as is used in percentages and wine-tasting). Hence, something that scores perfectly is "a perfect ten". A person who is attractive and physically flawless is often said to be "a ten", from the idea of ranking that person's appearance and sex-appeal on a 1-to-10 scale.
But what is involved with this “40 days”? The number forty is used by God to represent a period of testing or judgment (the length of time necessary to accomplish some major part of Gods plan in his dealings with various portions of mankind). The 40 days of rain in the days of the flood were the judgments of God. The 40 day periods of fasting, testing, and communing with God that were faced by Moses and Jesus were a form of God's judgments. The forty years that the Israelites spent in the wilderness were also the judgments of God. Various leaders in Israel who reigned for 40 year periods were put there BY God according to His Will and Judgments. Egypt was left desolate for 40 years because of God's judgments.
Matthews 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread." 4 Jesus answered, "It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.' " 5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 "If you are the Son of God," he said, "throw yourself down. For it is written: " 'He will command his angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.' " 7 Jesus answered him, "It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' " 8 Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9 "All this I will give you," he said, "if you will bow down and worship me." 10 Jesus said to him, "Away from me, Satan! For it is written: 'Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.' " 11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
Hebrews 4: 15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin.
Genesis 1: 1 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" 2 The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.' " 4 "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. 5 "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." 6 When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves.
1 Thessalonians3:5 For this reason, when I could stand it no longer, I sent to find out about your faith. I was afraid that in some way the tempter might have tempted you and our efforts might have been useless.
Deuteronomy 8: 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.
John 4: 34 "My food," said Jesus, "is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.
Psalms 91: 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; 12 they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
Dueteronomy 6: 16 Do not test the LORD your God as you did at Massah.
In 1 Chronicles, chapters 19 thru 21, David had to deal with his kindness being taken for granted. People humiliated him and it enticed him to react. When he began to react it enticed the seed planted to grow inside of him. Before he realized it he was going up against God. 1 Chronicles 21: 1 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of Israel.
Job 1: 6 One day the angels1 came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan2 also came with them.3 7 The LORD said to Satan, "Where have you come from?" Satan answered the LORD, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it."4 8 Then the LORD said to Satan, "Have you considered my servant Job?5 There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God6 and shuns evil."7 9 "Does Job fear God for nothing?"8 Satan replied.
Matthews 16: 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Mark 4: 15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the word that was sown in them.
Luke 10: 18 He replied, "I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven.
Luke 13:16 Then should not this woman, a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has kept bound for eighteen long years, be set free on the Sabbath day from what bound her?"
Luke 22: 3 Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.
This is a form of “demon possession”, which is actually “feeding on the fruit’s of evil”
Romans 16: 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
God will put Satan under our feet if we do not feed on the fruits of evil, but allow them to fall by the way side. Bad fruits usually decay and rot and then become food for the soil. We then can walk on this soil to facilitate the firmness of our walking path.
2 Corinthians 2: 11 in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes.
At times the fruits of evil look good on the outside, but when we bite into them we find the bitter taste it has from decaying on the inside.
2 Corinthians 11: 14 And no wonder, for Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light.
Again, it is not always what you see is what you get. We have to analyze what we see to ensure it is what it is.
2 Thessalonians 2: 9 The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders,
Revelations 12: 9 The great dragon was hurled down--that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Although satan comes to tempt us and work the miracles in our presence, we have been design to process what he does. Satan makes things look desireable but we have to take into consideration, what is involved in the presentation. God stands in the forefront of what happens in our lives but what we choose to do has to be in accordance to God’s Will. When satan brings it to be me, my reaction must be what is this, first. Understand what is here and thien make a sound decision how to best deal with what is brought to me. I cannot react like the animals do because I have the ability to analyse and use my senses to get a better understanding. Satan’s revelations are just that, what I see, or what is revealed through my senses. My job is to find out what it is and handle it in an orderly fashion

For 40 years, I have come under a lot of attacks that enticed me to react. When I look back on my life I see that what those things were didn’t cause me to react the way I did but I didn’t utilize my God-given talents to deal with those situations properly. All my biblical instruction could have been used to handle the situations, I encountered, on a more manly manner. Instead I reacted like a mitch and the outcomes were not the best. I still, to this day, suffer due to how I handled my past situations. I thank The Almighty for still allowing me to come to this point in my life because He really didn’t have to let me live. But because He has I try to improve my self by studying His Word and manifesting myself in Him.

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