Originally, Lent was designed as a time of preparation and worship for the believer. The forty days before Easter were set aside for penitence, prayer, and self-denial. Beginning on Ash Wednesday (which falls on February 22nd, this year), many people decide to give something up for this season of preparation.
The number forty has repetitive significance in the Bible.
It rained for 40 days when Noah was on the ark (Genesis 7:17). Moses spent 40 days on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 24:18). The Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness before entering the Promised Land (Numbers 14:33). Elijah spent 40 days walking to Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8). Jesus fasted for 40 days and was tempted by Satan (Matthew 4:1-2). God can do amazing things in increments of forty.
This year, I am diving into the Gospel of John for the forty days of Lent. Each Wednesday you’ll find a new blog post with new insights I’ve found or interesting passages I want to dive into from John’s Gospel. I would love for you to join me.
If you are searching for a Bible Study to go through during Lent, consider going through Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Book of John. In six weeks, you’ll dive into the Gospel of John and see glimpses of Christ through the Scripture that you may have missed before. The sixth week of the study-which lines up with Easter-looks at the resurrection of Jesus Christ and raises the question, do we really believe?
To purchase Pursuing God’s Beauty: Stories from the Book of John: 6-session DVD and Workbook, click here. I would love for you to join me on this Lenten adventure to see what God has in store for us as we dive elbow deep in the Gospel of John.
To learn more about this study and more, visit the www.margaretfeinbergstore.com. If you’d like to receive a DVD sampler featuring clips from all of Margaret’s studies, simply email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send one in the mail to you.
What are you hoping to learn during this season of Lent?
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