And immediately the spirit drives him into the wilderness.…
The number forty seems to have had a special mystical meaning. Nine instances in the Bible of events which occurred for forty days or years.
1. The Flood.
2. Bodies embalmed forty days before burial.
3. Israel's wanderings.
4. Goliath's defiance of Israel.
5. Elijah fasted.
6. Ezekiel bore the iniquity of Judah.
7. Repentance of Nineveh.
8. Our Lord's temptation.
9. Interval between resurrection and ascension.
(H. J. Wilmot Buxton, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.