Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. Proverbs 4:7

This week one of my members shared with me the following information that I thought was worth sharing:

“This is interesting!

The official COVID-19 lockdown started March 23 and will likely end May 1st. That is EXACTLY 40 days. 

The Latin root of the word “quarantine” is “forty.” So, what does the Bible say about 40?

The flood lasted 40 days. 

40 years Moses fled Egypt.

40 days Moses stayed on Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments.

Exodus lasted 40 years.

Jesus fasted for 40 days.

40 days for a woman to rest after giving birth.

Optimum number of weeks for human gestation is 40.

A group of theologians thinks the number 40 represents “change.” It is the time of preparing a person, or people, to make a fundamental change.

Something will happen after these 40 days. Just believe and pray. Remember, whenever the number 40 appears in the Bible, there is a “change.”

Please know that during this “quarantine” rivers are cleaning up, vegetation is growing, the air is becoming cleaner because of less pollution, there is less theft and murder, healing is happening, and most importantly, people are turning to Christ. The Earth is at rest for the first time in many years and hearts are truly transforming.

Remember we are in the year 2020, and 20 + 20 = 40.

Also, 2020 is the year of the United States Census. Jesus Christ, the savior of the world, was born during a census.

Lastly, 2020 is perfect vision. May our sight focus on the Lord and living according to His perfect vision for us knowing He holds us in the palm of His hand.

May these days of “quarantine” bring spiritual liberation to our souls, our nation, and our world.”

(Unknown, 2020)

I close with this scripture reminder:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Amen! Jeremiah 29:11 

Pastor Willie F. Peterson is the pastor of The New Birth Kimmelbrook BC, and the CEO/President of the Center for Community Empowerment both in Youngstown.
 
He is also a professor at Youngstown State University, a member of Citizens for Community Values’ The Joseph Council, and The Woodson Center’s 1776 Unites project in DC.

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