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THE APPEARANCES OF OUR LORD DURING THE
T. V. MOORE, D. D.,
PRESBYTERIAN BOARD OF PUBLICATION,
NO. 821 CHESTNUT STREET.
Entered according to the Act of Congress, in the year 1858, by
JAMES DUNLAP, Treas.,
in the Clerk's Offioe of the District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The number forty occurs so often in Scripture, especially in designating time, that we can hardly suppose this occurrence to be merely accidental. Especially is this true of the period of forty days. In the Patriarchal Dispensation, the flood was forty days in reaching its height, and forty days in abating. In the opening of the Legal Dispensation, Moses spent forty days in the Holy Mount before he came forth to deliver the law to the people. At this period the number appears with great frequency in designations of years. The life of Moses was included in three periods of forty years each; the people wandered in the desert for forty years; and the public life of Joshua began at the age of forty years. There would seem to be a period of forty days, just preceding the entrance into Canaan. We learn from Deut. i. 3, compared with ch. xxxi. 2, and xxxiv. 7, that Moses died the day he was one hundred and twenty years old, the first day of the eleventh month; and that the people mourned for him thirty days. We learn from Joshua iv. 19, that they passed through the Jordan, and entered Canaan on the tenth day of the first month. Hence there must have been precisely forty days interval between the end of the days of mourning for Moses, and the entrance into the land of Canaan under Joshua. When we reach the great representative of the prophetic era, Elijah, we find him led for forty days in the wilderness of Horeb.