Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lent 2010, Day 2

Immediately the Spirit drove Him into the wilderness. And He was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan, and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered to Him. Mark 1:12-13

Immediately after His baptism by John, Jesus spent forty days alone in the wilderness before beginning His public ministry. Throughout the Bible, forty days of preparation were often used before important changes or revelations.
* It rained forty days during the flood of Noah.
* Moses spent forty days up on the mountain before bringing the Ten Commandments to the Israelites.
* The Israelites spent forty days spying out the Promised Land before entering it.
* At the time of Jonah, God allowed the Ninevites forty days to repent and avoid judgement.

Following these examples, Christians spend the forty days before Easter each year to seek God, to conquer bad habits, and to gain new insights into the abundant life of the gospel. Lent is rich in graces; take advantage of it in a special way this year for yourself, your family, your church, and your country.

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