The Biblical meaning of '40' Print
Written by Rev. Justin Lee Marple   

This is the fortieth anniversary of Roe vs. Wade. In Scripture the number forty signifies a time of testing or temptation. The most famous time of testing in the Old Testament was when the Hebrew people wandered in the desert or wilderness for forty years until an entire generation of the tribes counted in the census had died (save Joshua and Caleb). And so forty years has come to mean a generation. A generation of legalized abortion has meant that an estimated fifty five million children or more have been killed before they had a chance to take a breath on their own.

Many have succumbed to the temptation and the pressure to abort a child rather than to choose life. This estimate dwarfs the number of people who died wandering in the wilderness. But it is worth remembering too that often the next generation in Scripture passes the test and is faithful. This was true for the next generation that grew up in the wilderness. Will it be true for ours? Will ours be the generation that puts an end to this slaughter?