5727 old age, attitudes to
Old age is generally held in honour and the aged in society are to be respected. Because of the wisdom associated with their advancing years elders had an important role of authority and guidance in Israelite society and the NT speaks of the leadership of elders within the church.
Old age is to be held in honour
Old age is associated with wisdom
Deferring to the wisdom of the aged Job 32:6-7 See also 1Ki 12:6-8 pp 2Ch 10:6-8 Rehoboam rejected the advice of elders and rebellion ensued; Job 12:12; Job 15:10; Phm 9 Paul refers to his age to add authority to his words.
Showing disrespect for the elderly is a sign of evil days
The role and status of elders
Elders in Israel Israel’s elders were probably the heads of families, qualified to lead by virtue of age and experience: Ex 3:16-18; Ex 4:29-31; Ex 19:7
Nu 11:25 The number of elders is reduced to 70 who are anointed by the Spirit for leadership alongside Moses. Town elders were responsible for apprehending murderers and settling matrimonial disputes: Dt 19:11-12; Dt 22:15-18; Dt 25:7
2Sa 5:3 Israel’s elders accept David as king; Mt 26:57 pp Mk 14:53 Jewish elders were among those who tried Jesus Christ. By NT times they had become involved with religious as well as civil affairs and their title related more to their role than to age.
God as the “Ancient of Days”
God as one “advanced in years” Da 7:9 This description of God as the “Ancient of Days” implies that he possesses the respectability, authority and wisdom to judge that accompanies age. It also points to his eternity. See also Da 7:13,22; Rev 1:14
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