Originally posted by DetectiveT
Actually, I think the origins go back even more than that to Sumeria.
Enki/Ea was sometimes represented by the ideogram for the number 40. One of the translations for his title was also Lord of the Earth.
So, Jesus spends 40 days and 40 nights in a desert to be tempted by and to become essentially Lord of the Earth. All a little too coincidental for me.
edit on 25-11-2012 by DetectiveT because: (no reason given)
Why in the world would you find cuneiform texts in ancient Sumer which is basically ancient Babylon the center
of Baal worship of Satan set up by Noah's grandson, Nimrod trustworthy? He attempted to build the tower Ba Bal to oppose GOD so that he would rise
above any flood waters that GOD might send.
GOD confused the language.
40 was the prescribed amount of days of fasting in the Bible when in deep prayerful meditation and healing.
Satan chose to approach Jesus at that time and tempt him first with food to break his fast.
Then he offered him all sorts of things in which to sway him away from doing something in sacrifice to GOD to treating himself and bringing pleasure
to himself to honor Satan. Satan is all about the do as thou wilt thing, yuo know. One thing to note: Jesus did not deny when Satan showed him all
the kingdoms then and now were in his hand. He simply rejected these counterfeit kingdoms to have dominion over.
He knows what they are based on as well as we do.
Who would wish to be king over a corrupt, brutal and greedy kingdom? Not a rhetorical question.