40- is such a theme throughout the bible!
You are very right f4ischer!
The Number 40:
There are in fact several numbers that are a running theme throughout the Holy Scriptures and each has a different meaning, but every time God is preparing someone for something important He seems to use the number 40 to do it. Look at the life of Moses for instance, whose life was divided into three equal groups of 40. For 40 years he lived as an adopted son of Egypt and then for 40 years he lived in freedom as the son-in-law of the Hebrew Jethro. And then for the last 40 years of his life he wandered in the wilderness after saving his people from bondage of Egypt, thus living a full life of man of 120 years such as God spoke of in Genesis 6:3.
The number 40 is actually a composition of multiples of 4 though the character ‘mem’ (40) מ should simply be sufficient as the Hebraic written language uses aleph-beyt (Alphabet) characters to represent numbers. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that both the Hebrew people as well as Oriental cultures used to use 4 and 40 as well as 7 or 70 as a type of round number like the number 10. But perhaps it also has a bit to do with the significance of the power in the number 4 itself. Let me explain. Continue reading