Sunday’s readings contain an interesting illustration of the way that the Bible can use numbers.
In the Old Testament reading, Elijah is on the run from the evil queen Jezebel and he goes out into the wilderness and asks God to let him die.
Instead, God sends and angel who makes Elijah eat and drink two times in order to strengthen him for a journey.
Then we read:
He got up, ate, and drank; then strengthened by that food, he walked forty days and forty nights to the mountain of God, Horeb.
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