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Old and Full of Years

My husband will tell you that I have a fascination with the towering trees on a walking path near our home. How old are they? What stories could they tell? How has the landscape changed around them over time? And yet they stand like faithful sentinels at their post. Year after year after year.
 
In the Biblical account of the deaths of Abraham and Isaac – two of the patriarchs of our faith – we see old age, but we see something else.
 
“Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people” (Gen 25:8). “And Isaac breathed his last, and he died and was gathered to his people, old and full of days…” (Gen. 35:29).  
 
I love these descriptions. Being “gathered to their people” shows the strong sense of community and family. And that’s a precious thing. But Abraham and Isaac were not just racking up years and lineage. The account says they died old and full of years/days. It’s one thing to die old. It’s quite another, I think, to die full of years. May we live well and finish well, in light of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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A Week in the Word

1 Peter 2:2-3
Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.
 
If you think of the imagery of Peter’s simile in the verse above, it is not hard to work out what he is getting at. For the most part, you don’t need to convince infants to eat. When they’re feeling the weakness of hunger, they scream to be fed. They crave it. They seek it. They need it. Peter is imploring his persecuted audience to think about growth into Jesus Christ the same way. Crave it. Seek it. Need it.
 
But he does offer one clause to the command: crave it only if you have tasted that the Lord is good. Now, Peter is not saying that those who don’t know the Lord don’t need His Word. Rather, he’s instructing Christians to nourish their new life with the words of Scripture because they have seen that God is good. The words of the Bible are meant for our good (2 Tim. 3:16). If you have experienced the glory of God is some small way, why would you not crave more? If you have seen your weakness in light of God’s incredible strength, what would keep you from going back again and again? Even a small taste of God’s goodness is a significantly more compelling reason to enjoy Him than a sense of duty ever will be.
 
So let the words of Peter encourage you to dig into Scripture this week. Open your Bible and read it. If you have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, what would keep you from it? And if you haven’t, then heed the admonitions of a man who gave His life to follow Jesus. Peter knew the importance of God’s Word. I wonder what incredible things God will do once we agree with him.

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