The period between youth and old age. Middle age is marked by physical strength and experience and should bring maturity and stability. Many of God’s servants began ministry in middle age, often after having been prepared in their youth. Middle age may also bring complacency and the temptation to leave the devotion and commitments of youth.
The need to train for serviceNu 8:24The period from 25 to 30 (see Nu 4:3) may have been a period of apprenticeship. See also1Ch 23:27 In later years the apprenticeship may have started at 20; Nu 11:28
The start of service in middle ageNu 4:3See alsoAc 7:23 Moses showed concern for his fellow Israelites at age 40; Jos 14:7 Caleb was 40 when he explored Canaan; 1Sa 7:3-4 Samuel became judge over Israel in his thirties; Lk 3:3 John the Baptist began his public ministry at about 30; Jn 8:57 Jesus Christ had not achieved the status of wisdom and authority associated with old age in Israel; 1Ti 3:1-13 The mention of families in the instructions to elders and deacons suggests that these leaders were of middle age.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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