40 days and 40 nights :: God keeps his word (exactly)


The first time the Bible records the phrase “forty days and forty nights” is in the account of the universal flood during the time of Noah, but did you know that the are other accounts in the Bible wherein forty days and forty nights is mentioned. Though I must admit that I am not exactly sure as to what the explicit timeframe of “forty days and forty nights” signify, close scrutiny of the Scripture, reveals a lesson we can learn from each of the accounts in which this timeframe is mentioned.

This is part of the 40 days & 40 nights series.
The Bible records that it rained for forty days and forty nights as part of God’s judgment upon a violent and wicked generation during the time of Noah. God had told Noah that he was going to cause rain to fall for a period of forty days and forty nights (Genesis 7:4) and that is exactly what happened (Genesis 7:12), not a day more nor a day less. We can learn from this, that when God gives specific instructions, we can take him at his word, that it will happen exactly how he says it will be.

Points to ponder:
God can be taken at his word and he does exactly what he says he is going to do. Do you and I take God at his word, exactly?

Genesis 7: 4 & 12 (KJV)
4 For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth.

12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

Deuteronomy 7:9 (KJV)
9 Know therefore that the Lord thy God, He is God, the faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His commandments to a thousand generations,

Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?

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