Reflection. The Bible and old age. By Fabian Massa.

Translated from Spanish to English with Google translator.

Specially prepared for "Faro del Sur".


Does the Bible speak of the 3rd Age?

Of course it does and much, for example the word "Elderly" appears 205 times, most of them calling this way older people in authority who composed the Governing Council of the City, community or the Church in the New Testament. And because? Simply because older people have a wealth of experience and wisdom of life important to bequeath to the younger ones.

"The Old Man is a source of advice for the younger ones"

God commands honor the elderly

The Bible acknowledges, grants and recommends honor for the elderly when he says. "Before the hoary head thou arise, and honor the face of the old man" This is a command that must be obeyed. Leviticus 19:32.

"In the ancient it is wisdom,
  And in length of days understanding. "Job 12:12
"Crown of glory is old age
Which is in the way of righteousness. "Proverbs 16:31
According to the Word of God, the elderly should be valued for their wisdom, experience, knowledge, and knowledge.



God's word of encouragement for the elderly

Remember, dear reader, the Lord will not give you a test that is superior to your strength. fully trust Him and say like King David:

"The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;
Thy mercy, O God, is forever;
Not abandon the works of your hands "Psalm 138: 8.


In Isaiah 46.4 The Lord does great promise for those who seek:

And to old age myself, and to gray hairs will I carry you; I did, I take, I will bear and deliver you.



The Bible and Social Justice

God is a God of justice. In fact, "all his ways are justice." (Deuteronomy 32: 4). So the Bible teaches, both in the Old Testament (Deuteronomy 10:18; 24:17; 27:19) and the New, to take care of the weaker or socially disadvantaged such as orphans, widows and foreigners. In our society today we can also include older people who are at risk.
In the New Testament, in the parable of the Sheep and Goats (Matthew 25.31-46) Jesus teaches us that everything we do for someone in need, is how to care for and protect him.

And in the Epistle of James, the nature of the "true religion" 27 Pure and undefiled religion before God exposed our Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from corruption world (James 1:27), ie the needs of those in a position of weakness.


So if by "social justice" we mean that society has a moral obligation to care for those less fortunate, then it is right the subtitle of this paragraph. God knows that due to the fall, would widows, orphans, foreigners and people at risk in society therefore left provisions in the Old and New Testaments to care for them. The model of such behavior is the same Jesus who reflected the sense of justice of God, by bringing the Gospel message even to the outcasts of society.


Week 70 is about to begin, we take care of the weakest we have close family or neighborhood. If everyone does a little, the result will be very large.


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