Today is Sunday! And it is Senior Sunday! So, it is fitting that I have a thought about age and endurance. Here is Job. He lived to see the four generations of his family. But, he started after he lost his first ten children, so he had a late start. He lived a long time, and God used him greatly. Here is the truth:
FOUR GENERATIONS- Job 42:16 says: "After this lived Job an hundred and forty years, and saw his sons, and his son's sons, even four generations." So, how old was Job? Well he was old enough to have ten fully grown children before they were killed and probably if he followed the pattern of Issac would have been about 40 when he married and perhaps 60 when he had his first child. Throw in about 16 years to have ten children and he was perhaps 70 or even 80 before his children died. Then another year to put all of the suffering into, and then another 16 years to have seven sons, and three daughters, and then.... add 140 years! What do you get? Well, I come up with about 226 or 236! Older than Abraham who died at 175. You see, this is just another reason some say that Job was the oldest patriarch mentioned in the Bible after the tower of Babel. He knew God and loved God, and God allowed him to be used to teach us so many, many lessons. Perhaps God would like to use our lives as well? Let us let Him!
Hope this is an encouragement. Have a wonderfully blessed day.
Pastor Mike Mutchler