The Norman Transcript

Religion

March 8, 2013

Forty days

NORMAN — Why is the season of Lent 40 days long?

Consider various events in the Bible associated with the number 40. The Flood was 40 days and nights in length. Moses was on Mt. Sinai for 40 days to receive the 10 Commandments. Israel wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Jesus was tempted by the devil in the desert for 40 days. After his resurrection, Jesus appeared to his disciples over a period of 40 days.

Every time there is a period of 40 days, when those days are completed, God begins a whole new chapter for the people or person involved.

In Jesus’ case, after he was baptized and after the 40 day temptation by the devil in the desert, he then commenced his three year public ministry.

What was really happening? As the first Adam in the Garden of Eden fell prey to the three temptations of the devil, now the second Adam (Jesus) in the desert defeats the three temptations of the devil.

The devil tempted Adam and Eve to doubt God’s word and said, “Did God really say…?” They fell for this temptation and doubted God’s word. The devil tempted the second Adam Jesus by saying, “Didn’t God say the angels will bear you up… so throw yourself down from the temple…” Jesus did not fall for this temptation nor throw himself down.

The devil tempted Adam and Eve to eat the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. They gave in to the temptation and ate. The devil tempted the second Adam Jesus to turn stones into bread to eat. Jesus did not give in to this temptation and did not eat.

The devil tempted Adam and Eve to eat so they could be like God and becomes “gods” themselves. They ate and then realized their idolatry and guilt. The devil tempted the second Adam Jesus to bow down and worship Satan and become a “god” who would possess the kingdoms of this world. Jesus would not bow down in idolatry to Satan, since God was the only true possessor of all the world’s kingdoms.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Religion
  • Hnsen Luger Kate Hansen still riding the Olympic cloud

    Not many people can say they actually accomplished their lifetime dreams. Even less can say they did it before turning 22....

    March 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lexington High graduate to serve two-years for LDS

    Lexington High School graduate Thayne Winterton left April 9 to serve a two-year mission in the California Fresno Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints....

    April 24, 2014

  • Church will host assembly

    First Christian Church Norman will be host to about 300 Oklahoma Christian (Disciples of Christ) member gathering for the biennial assembly May 2 to 3. In the theme of “Growing in Grace,” the assembly will include worship, study, music and ...

    April 24, 2014

  • Lebanese Festival planned for two days

    Food, music, dance, culture and traditional home-cooked Lebanese food once again comes together in Norman in the form of Middle Eastern hospitality. The third annual Lebanese Heritage and Food Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday at ...

    April 24, 2014

  • How does one banish bad thoughts?

    Be mindful of your thoughts Lama Chuck Stanford, Rime Buddhist Center: We aren’t able to control the thoughts that arise in our mind any more than we are able to stop breathing. Both are inherent to our humanness....

    April 24, 2014

  • Conference set

    Following a diocesan-sponsored national conference on violence, “Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace,” the Episcopal Church Women of St. John’s Norman will host an Oklahoma diocesan-wide women’s conference and Bishop’s day on April 25-26....

    April 18, 2014

  • Muslim group urges re-education

    LOS ANGELES — Seeking a way to prevent violence like last year’s deadly Boston Marathon bombing, an Islamic advocacy group Monday announced a plan aimed at helping U.S. mosques identify and re-educate radicals....

    April 18, 2014

  • This is ... Friday ...

    It’s Good Friday. Good Friday? What could possibly be “good” about Good Friday? Think about it … this is the day in which the Lord Jesus was beaten and crucified. He hung on a cross between two thieves. Abandoned, betrayed and denied, by ...

    April 17, 2014

  • Why do we always test God?

    ‘Do not put the Lord God to the test,’ Jesus said, but don’t we do this all the time? Human nature The Rev. Holly McKissick, Peace Christian Church UCC: It’s human nature: testing the limits of God’s peaceful creation....

    April 17, 2014

  • Girl told not to say prayer

    OVIEDO, Fla. — The 5-year-old who said she was told not to pray over her lunch visited the school Monday and identified the staffer in a line-up, her family’s lawyer said....

    April 11, 2014