This is a story I have read my entire life. I could tell you the story of Exodus backwards. So, thinking of a question was really difficult. I couldn’t think of a question, but I did make an observation I had never paid much attention to, numbers. There are many numbers that a repeated in Exodus. After doing a little research, I found out there is a study of numbers.
The number forty is used 146 times in both the Old and New Testaments. Now, I have learned something from being in school my entire life; if something is repeated multiple times, it is probably important.
- “The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a habitable land; they ate manna, until they came to the border of the land of Canaan.” (Exodus 16:35)
- ” Moses entered the cloud and went up on the mountain. And Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.” (Exodus 24:18)
The number forty in numerology signifies reason, order, measurement, and judgment.
In Exodus, the numerology fits the situations in which the number forty is used. The Israelites were in the wilderness because Yahweh passed judgment on them for being “stiff-necked.” Yahweh also gave Moses and the Israelites the Ten Commandments to keep order and law within the nation.
The number ten shows up a few times.
- The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20)
- The Ten Plagues ( Exodus 6-11)
The number ten in numerology signifies leadership, success, determination.
The numerology fits the situations in which the number ten is used in Exodus. The Ten Commandments is a way that Yahweh shows the Israelites that He is in control. The plagues shows the success of Yahweh over Pharaoh.