Bible Question:

What is the significance of some of the sacred numbers such as 3, 7, 12, and 40? A new believer asked me what the significance of the number 40 meant. I could only think of Moses' life was in segments of 40 years and the Jews wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. It rained for 40 days and forty nights. Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for 40 days. And Jesus was with the people for forty days after his resurrection. Are there any other exapmples and what is the significance? Is it like the number 7 which is a number of completion? Or about a season in one's life, or testing? Thanks for the response.

Bible Answer:

God does use some numbers repeatedly. We see patterns in scripture. Some of the key numbers are 3, 7, 12, and 40. The following table gives an short explanation of some of the sacred numbers


These different numbers are used by God repeatedly. We are not really sure about the meaning of these numbers. Scripture does not tell us.