The Apple Of God's Eye

April 27, 2010

God Condemns The Rich Man

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The title to this posts may be somewhat ambiguous, so let me explain.

None of us know what tomorrow may bring – only God does. We are totally helpless. In fact, He says our life is like a vapour, here a little while and then gone. That really puts the atheist point of view into perspective. What is our purpose and our meaning in life? Does the atheist know? Are we here merely to exist for a brutally brief period of time and then vanish as if never being here at all?

Some may say yes, and try to build their legacy in this lifetime. All that is irrelevant. Name me some important bankers of the 1920’s or 1930’s. At the time, they were important, well established and recognized men in their community and even within their country if the bank was big enough. Now, no one even knows their names. In fact, even in the very banks they worked, it is hard to find present day employees who are versed on these men.

So now the question of relevance becomes somewhat more important than legacy. I’m sure in their lifetime, these men were movers and shakers, making long-term plans for business. But God says:

“Go to now, you that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such a city and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: whereas you know not what shall be on the morrow… (more…)

April 4, 2009

Why Did People Live Longer Before The Flood Of Noah's Time?

 

According to the Bible, people once lived for hundreds of years. Adam lived 930 years. Methuselah lived the longest of any person mentioned. He died at 969 years of age (see Genesis 5). Shortly after the Flood, however, we find people living much shorter life spans. Abraham, for example, lived 175 years (Gen. 25:7). A few generations later, Joseph lived “only” 110 years (Gen. 50:22). We are told in the Psalms that 70 years is considered to be a good long life (Ps. 90:10). David died at that age and was described as being an old man full of years (I Chron. 29:28). That was about 1000 B.C. 

Before the Flood
 
 
Biblical Patriarch Life Span Age at Birth of First Son
Adam 930 130
Seth 912 105
Enosh 905 90
Cainan 910 70
Mahalealel 895 65
Jared 962 162
Enoch 365 65
Methuselah 969 187
Lamech 777 182
Noah 950 500
 
After the Flood
 
 
Biblical Patriarch Life Span Age at Birth of First Son
Shem 600 100
Arphaxad 498 35
Salah 433 30
Eber 464 34
Peleg 239 30
Reu 239 32
Serug 230 30
Nahor 148 29
Terah 205 70

 

Chart Source: Biblestudy.org

There have been many speculations concerning the great shortening of human life spans. The Bible, however, does not directly explain how or why this came to be. Possibly, God simply determined that about 70 years is sufficient time for a person to fulfill his purpose. Those who are called can prepare in that length of time to receive immortality at the return of Christ. Those not yet called can learn that the ways of man do not bring satisfaction or fulfillment. Thus, when they arise in the judgment they will be able to choose God’s way.

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