‘Dave the Save’ says, “40 Days and 40 Nights, or it’s the Wilderness for you lot. AGAIN!”

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    28th March, 2010

    Dave has gone all religious on us.

    As it is written in the holy handbook he must … er … mustn’t.

    General Election 2010: Conservatives have 40 days and 40 nights to convince public

    Conservative leader David Cameron, Photo: GETTY

    David Cameron told Conservative Party activists they had “40 days and 40 nights” to convince the public to ditch Labour at the General Election.

    My apologies if you’re touchy about the kind of teasing below, especially if you’re fasting for lent. It’s all meant in jest. I can, and do have a go at other religions too, just as airily.  Christians are big enough and tough enough to take it. So please don’t put a fatwa on me (or even a gentle Christian version.)

    David 1 … sorry … Matthew 4

    The Temptation of David

    Then David was led by the News of the World into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights he wondered if he looked as good as Tony Blair. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of Blair, inspire the voters to use that cross.”

    David answered, “It is written in The Sun and now the NOW: ‘Voters do not cast a cross by looks alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the King.”

    Then the devil took him to the marginal holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the polling booth. “If you are the Son of Blair, ” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:  ‘He will command his publicity machine concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a voter’.”

    David answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the King to the test.'”

    Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

    David said to him, “Get thee behind me, Murdoch! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your Blair and serve him only.'”

    Then the devil left him, and the voters came and attended the wake.


    The Number 40 is VERY, VERY important in the Bible, so it says here. I’m a bit rusty these days. In fact the only way I’m likely to get a rerun of my childhood Thursday night Bible Classes is if they ask me on to Desert Island Discs. Then I’ll get a Bible and Shakespeare’s works to browse through for the next … er 40 years or so.

    The thing about the Bible is that nothing ever seems to get resolved. There was Noah and that blasted rain.

    And Moses and The Promised land – 40 whats? Centuries? Still, for getting the commandments right he lived to 120, which was probably three times as long as most people. He needed that long to make the hieroglyphics decipherable.

    And of course there was Goliath taunting the Israelites for 40 days.  Deja vu all over again.

    More on the Biblical importance of 40

    It rained for 40 days and 40 nights when God wanted to cleanse the world and start over.
    (Gen 7:12 KJV) And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights.

    Noah waited another 40 days after it rained before he opened a window in the Ark.
    (Gen 8:6 KJV) And it came to pass at the end of forty days, that Noah opened the window of the ark which he had made:

    Embalming required 40 days (although this was an Egyptian custom, the Egyptians recognized the period of 40 for the preparation of going into a new life, what they called the afterlife)

    (Gen 50:3 KJV) And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him threescore and ten days.

    Moses was on the mountain with God for 40 days (TWICE)
    (Exo 24:18 KJV) And Moses went into the midst of the cloud, and gat him up into the mount: and Moses was in the mount forty days and forty nights.

    (Exo 34:28-29 KJV) And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the ten commandments.

    (Deu 10:10 NIV) Now I had stayed on the mountain forty days and nights, as I did the first time, and the LORD listened to me at this time also. It was not his will to destroy you.
    Moses’ face shone after the 40 days on the mountain.

    (Exo 34:29 KJV) And it came to pass, when Moses came down from mount Sinai with the two tables of testimony in Moses’ hand, when he came down from the mount, that Moses wist not that the skin of his face shone while he talked with him.

    It took the spies 40 days to search out the promised land and bring back fruit
    (Num 13:25 KJV) And they returned from searching of the land after forty days.

    The Israelites spent 40 years in the wilderness, one year for each day they explored the Promised Land.
    (Exo 16:35 KJV) And the children of Israel did eat manna forty years, until they came to a land inhabited; they did eat manna, until they came unto the borders of the land of Canaan.

    (Num 14:33-34 NIV) Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the desert. {34} For forty years–one year for each of the forty days you explored the land-you will suffer for your sins and know what it is like to have me against you.

    Goliath came for forty days before being killed by David
    (1 Sam 17:16 NLT) For forty days, twice a day, morning and evening, the Philistine giant strutted in front of the Israelite army.

    Elijah strengthened by one angelic meal went forty days to Mount Horeb where the Lord passed by and he heard the voice of God
    (1 Ki 19:8 KJV) And he arose, and did eat and drink, and went in the strength of that meat forty days and forty nights unto Horeb the mount of God.

    Jonah warned the City of Nineveh they had 40 days until God would overthrow the city. The people repented in those 40 days and God spared the city.
    (Jonah 3:4 and 10 KJV) And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown.
    And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.

    Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness
    (Mat 3:17 KJV) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
    (Mat 4:1-2 KJV) Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. {2} And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered.

    Jesus was seen in the earth 40 days after His crucifixion
    (Acts 1:3 NIV) After his suffering, he showed himself to these men and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God.



    Couldn’t resist linking to this –  ‘Tony Blair Agrees To Take Confession From The Pope’

    Quite right too.  Don’t you think?

    His Holiness HAS to be forgiven. After all Tony’s a little too busy to step into the breach right now if the Vatican gives the former Cardinal Ratzinger his marching orders.


    Oh and btw, even the normally well-balanced Michael White has put his foot in it with anti-Israel comments at The Guardian. See Cif Watch here.

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