There is a phrase, endures forever, in scripture that occurs 51 times in the New KJV and 50 times in the KJV (although it is endureth in the old English) that always grabs my attention every time I read it. After a wee bit of study I learned a few other things about this phrase.
[1 Peter 1:25 NKJV] 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you.
[Psalms 117:2 NKJV] 2 For His merciful kindness is great toward us, And the truth of the LORD [endures] forever. Praise the LORD!
[Psalms 119:160 NKJV] 160 The entirety of Your word [is] truth, And every one of Your righteous judgments [endures] forever.
[Psalms 135:13 NKJV] 13 Your name, O LORD, [endures] forever, Your fame, O LORD, throughout all generations.
His Word, His Truth, His righteous judgements and his name will endure forever!
Then, 4 times we hear:
[Psalms 111:3, 10 NKJV] 3 His work [is] honorable and glorious, And His righteousness endures forever. …
10 The fear of the LORD [is] the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do [His commandments]. His praise endures forever.
Then, I learned his righteousness and his praise will endure forever. And, finally we are told 42 times (though I didn’t list them):
[Psalms 107:1 NKJV] 1 Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for [He is] good! For His mercy [endures] forever.
His mercy endures forever – in 42 separate and distinct verses!
Coincidently, there were 40 sockets of silver and 2 sockets per board for each side of the Tabernacle (Exodus 26).
Coincidently, Moses was given 2 tablets of stone with the 10 commandments written on them after 40 days and nights on the mountain (Deuteronomy 9).
Coincidently, there were 42 stations between Egypt and Canaan (Numbers 33).
Coincidently, there were 42 cities given to the Levites in the promised land (Numbers 35).
Coincidently, Ishbosheth, Saul’s son, was 40 years old when he began to reign as King but only reigned for two years (2 Samuel 2).
Coincidently, Jesus is the 42 generation from Abraham and he secured mercy and grace for us through his sacrifice on the cross!
Coincidently, the gentiles will trample the holy city for 42 months (Rev 11).
Coincidently, the beast will be given 42 months to speak great things and blasphemies (Rev 13).
Our God is an amazing God! Everything revolves around Jesus and what He did for us! Look at the amazing work he has done to weave all this to point to the Holy Anointed One!
Thank you Father for Jesus! Thank you for your Word – your Word that became flesh and dwelt among us! Thank you for revelation and your rhema word! Thank you Lord for your mercy! We adore you and love you with all our heart and soul, all our mind and all our might! In Jesus’ matchless name! Amen!