Since Elijah had already gone one day into the Negev when he had the angelic encounter at the broom tree, and since he travelled another 40 days and 40 nights, that would be 41 days total. King James Version (KJV). From north to south, the modern state of Israel is only 290 miles long, and its width varies between 9 miles and 85 miles. Walking 40 days and 40 nights doesn’t mean that he walked every day. According to 1 Kings 19:3-4: Elijah was afraid and fled for his life, going to Beer-sheba of Judah. Sinai. Using the numbers above, Elijah’s travel speed would have been 6.3 miles per day (260 / 41 = 6.3). viz., that it is said that Moses and Elijah and our Lord Jesus Christ Himself fasted for forty days. Moses fasted for many days. Forty days and forty nights - As did Moses, the giver of the law, and Elijah, the great restorer of it. Horeb: It’s something like 11 days under normal travel conditions, not 40 days and 40 nights. Moses and Elijah each fasted for the same length of time.
The same applies to the author of 1-2 Kings (they were originally one book), who was clearly literate and who records the finding of “the book of the Law” in the temple in 2 Kings 22:8-10. In 1 Kings chapter 19,The prophet Elijah walks 40 days and 40 nights to Mount Horeb, fasting from food along the way. View all posts by todd. The other night we saw Moses was forty days and forty nights on the mount without food. What is not taken into account here is Elijah’s age. 19:12 LXX). According to Google, the distance from Be’er-Sheva to Mt. He was afterward hungry - And so prepared for the first temptation. Not only would many in the audience (particularly those from Judea) have known the approximate distances and travel times, many would have known Deuteronomy’s statement! The author of 1-2 Kings would be expected to indicate such extraordinary conditions, and he doesn’t.
The fact that the text says Elijah travelled day and night would presumably indicate at least 10-12 hours a day, leaving time for breaks and sleep.
Wicked Queen Jezebel threatened to kill the … What was Jesus’ purpose during those 40 days? And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Unless otherwise noted, all Bible quotations on this page are from the World English Bible and the World Messianic Edition. So Elijah fled from Jezebel (queen of the northern kingdom of Israel) down to Be’er-sheva, which was on the southern border of Judah. 40 days requires 40 x 85 ≈ 3400 grams ≈ 3.4 kg of body mass. 19:8), saw the Lord on the mountain, not in fire, as the elders of Israel had earlier (Exod.
Throughout the Bible we have many examples of great releases and victories through fasting and prayer that changed the course of history: Moses twice fasted forty days (Deuteronomy 9:9,18) till his face shone with the glory of God. He fasted 40 days. He would thus be able to do 260 miles in between 7 and 9 days. We may deduce from the scriptures that Elijah was hungry,and it could be either spiritual hunger for food. In other places, we insist on a literal, word-for-word interpretation. It was a period of spiritual exaltation, of meditation and prayer, of preparation for his work, and it is hardly probable that he felt the need of food. At the close of this period nature began to assert her demands, and hunger was keenly felt. This is also significant because the ancient audience would have known that. Thanks Jimmy for your info and may I comment as follows: Since Elijah had already gone one day into the Negev when he had the angelic encounter at the broom tree, and since he travelled another 40 days and 40 nights, that would be 41 days total. 3And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Answer: ... (1 Samuel 17:16). So thw number might had not necessarily meant it was fourty days,but maybe it could have meant a perfect number,when he could have gained spiritual maturity and experience,where he was able to subject his free will to God without complaints. Horeb (1 Kings 19:8). Planning on becoming a Protestant seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. Beings of greater awareness have greater power. (Exodus12:17-18)
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These translations have no copyright restrictions. Elijah asked for his death since he had lost his knowledge of his emotional guidance system and was unable to tell when he was downstream or upstream. 2And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. When Elijah fled from Jezebel, he traveled 40 days and 40 nights to Mt. in the strength of that food. 4:2 Having fasted - Whereby doubtless he received more abundant spiritual strength from God.
People in the Bible were often alone for a long time. The precise location of Kadesh-barnea is also debated, but it is clear that it was on the southern border of Israel, placing it near Be’er-Sheva.
This would hardly be day and night travel, and that suggests that the description of it as taking “40 days and 40 nights” is a stock description meant to indicate a long journey and not meant to be taken literally.
God is always associated with life and once we talk of death,then we seem to be off the mark,i.e in Ezekiel,he states he is not pleased with a sinner’s death and thus the prodigal son’s story from the gospels. Elijah, when he too had fasted forty days (I Kgs. With distances like that, a journey of 40 days and 40 nights is remarkable. Check with your health care provider. Whenever our carnality are on play,it could mean we have run out of spiritual strength and unable to bear fruits since we are only radiating negative energies to the brains,which cannot create,due to lack of thoughts on purpose.