December 6, 2012

I have heard it said over and over, that we are only given 70 years. Today I read the verse that assumption is based upon.

Psalms 90:10, “The days of our years are threescore and ten (seventy years) – or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years); yet is their pride [in additional years] only labor and sorrow, for it is soon gone, and we fly away.”

Amplified Bible Notes: “This Psalm is credited to Moses, who is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Numbers 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years. Seventy years never has been the average span of life for humanity. When Jacob, the father of the twelve tribes, had reached 130 years (Genesis 47:9), he complained that he had not attained to the years of his immediate ancestors. In fact, Moses himself lived to be 120 years old, Aaron 123, Miriam several years older, and Joshua 110 years of age. Note as well that in the Millennium (The period of a thousand years during which Christ will reign on earth. Revelations 20:1-7) a person dying at 100 will still be thought a child (Isaiah 65:20).”

So, to my friend, Larry, who turned 70 yesterday, I ask, “What are your goals for the next 30 years?”

That also applies to the two men, who are closer to 60 than 50, that we will be celebrating their birthdays tonight, “What are your goals for the next 40+ years?”

What are mine?


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