I am once again embarking on a journey through a book of the BIble and you are invited to journey with me. Please don’t expect perfection here because you won’t find it. You will, however, find my thoughts and many unanswered questions, as I seek to understand and live out what Dr Luke has written about Jesus and his disciples.
“After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.”Acts 1:3 NIV
I wanted to know the significance of the forty days and found this on a Jewish / Hebrew site.
‘Forty appears many times in the Bible, usually designating a time of radical transition or transformation. Among the most famous examples are these: It rained for 40 days and 40 nights during the Flood (Genesis 7). Exodus records that Moses spent 40 days on Mount Sinai with God. Forty is the number of years the Israelites were required to wander in the wilderness until they were allowed to enter Canaan. Corporeal punishment in the Torah involved 40 lashes. Elijah fasted for 40 days prior to receiving his revelation on Mount Horeb. Multiples of 40 are also common: 40,000 men rallied to Barak in the book of Judges.’ http://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/judaism-numbers/
Jesus spends 40 days preparing his disciples and followers for a new era that is going radically change the earth and change the face of faith and religion as the disciples had known it. The book of Acts is a story of what transpired following Jesus years on earth and his 40 days prior to being taken back to heaven.
The 40 days is the Segway into a new era- an era where the disciples move from followers to leaders, observers to literally walking the earth as Christ did. The forty days is an opportunity for Jesus to give instructions and create an expectation for all that had happened. He leaves promises and instruction to help his followers transition because the earth is about to explode with the miraculous and transition into thousands being added to the church.
The disciples had no idea how long Jesus was God to be around and thought he was going to remove the Romans from power and take up his kingly rule on the earth. The disciples had no idea what the Holy Spirit was and how he would come. They had no idea what the church was and what this new era would look like. They had a handful of promises, three years of following and observing Jesus and seeing him rise from the dead amd 40 days mod listening to him talk about the kingdom of God and an instruction…wait in Jerusalem then when you receive what you need…GO
I wonder if Jesus got frustrated with the disciples asking questions that they didn’t need to ask because they simply need to experience what he’s was promising..
How often do I just not get wha Jesus is saying and explaining to me because I actually simply need to experience what he is promising.
Dr Luke notes the forty days as significance because they were…