+ 40 Days +

Forty Days appear again and again in the biblical record of salvation history. For forty days the Israelites spied out the land of Canaan, and for their refusal to go in as the Lord commanded, He had them wander in the wilderness one year for each day. Forty days from his birth, the infant Jesus was presented in the Jerusalem temple. The forty days of Lent (excluding Sundays) are drawn from Jesus’ forty days in the wilderness, fasting and being tempted by Satan for our sakes.

Come meditate on what these events have to teach us of our Christian pilgrimage.

Forty Days weaves together a threefold theme:

(1) The Passion of Our Lord, read in five parts;

(2) A forty-day period in salvation history;

(3) The Chief Parts of the Small Catechism

DateThe Passion of Our LordForty-Day EpisodesCatechism
3/13I.
The Lord’s Supper
Elijah strengthened with food and drink on Mt. Horeb (1 Kings 19)Sacrament of the Altar
3/20II.
Gethsemane
David slays Goliath (1 Samual 17)
Jesus resists the tempter (Matthew 4)
Creed; Prayer
3/27III.
Palace of the High Prist
Moses up on the mountain with the Lord to receive the Torah (Exodus 24)Ten Commandments
4/3IV.
The Praetorium
Jonah’s warning to Nineveh, and Nineveh’s repentance (Jonah 3)Confession & Absolution
4/10V.
Calvary
The Great Flood (Genesis 7)
Ezekiel lays on his right side (Ezekiel 4)
Jesus shows Himself alive (Acts 1)
Baptism; Creed