The apostle Luke wrote the book of Luke and continued his writing in the book of Acts. Luke speaks of all those to whom He presented Himself alive, after His suffering by many infallible proofs. He was seen by numbers of people during the forty days before His ascension.
Jesus spoke to the people He trusted with His message. Every word He spoke pertained to the kingdom of God. From His resurrected body came the most wonderful promise:
“You shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
The whole book of Acts pertains to living life empowered by the Holy Spirit. The apostles were accustomed to having Jesus in the flesh, God Incarnate right by their side. This was the beginning of a new day, a new way of living the Christian life.
There are several times the Bible speaks about forty day periods. These key passages all represent increments of time significant to those who are Christ followers.
When God was sorry He made man. Genesis 7:4 “For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”
Exodus 34:28 Moses on the mountain with God. “So he was there with the Lord forty days and forty nights; he neither ate bread nor drank water. And He wrote on the tablets the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”
1 Kings 19:8 Speaking of Elijah as he ran from King Ahab. “So he arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.”
Matthew 4:2 speaking of Jesus when He was tempted by Satan in the wilderness…..“And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.”
Obviously there must be something significant about a forty day period. Every situation represents a time of the completion of a trial or time of testing.
Prayer in Motion:
Lord, thank You for every forty day period of time recorded for us. Each one was and is powerfully significant to my life today. Thank You for the example of much prayer and supplication going on during each time frame. I love You Lord Jesus! It’s in Your precious Name I offer up this prayer