But Fifty? Yikes! I Missed That!

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Numbers 8:25

But at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer.


Torah law required a male Levite to retire from his lead position in the ministry at fifty! He could continue to assist in the work, but the lead positions were yielded at the age of fifty by Jewish law. This was mandated by God directly to Moses.


When I read this law, my first response is thank God for GRACE! Of course, that’s my response, I’m now in my sixth decade of living and still working it by the GRACE of God. Although Jesus was crucified at a young age, St. Paul was probably around sixty-three years of age when he was martyred, and he lived hard and wrote brilliant letters to the end. John died at an approximate age of ninety-three, and he too was still working hard for Jesus. The New Testament mandate given by our Lord did not stipulate an age to retire but was simply stated by Him, “As long as it is day, we must do the works of him who sent me. Night is coming when no one can work” (John 9:4). In the heart of Jesus, there was always a mission of working to save those who were lost and without faith. Work is our worship unto the Lord. I know one day we’ll all have to hang it up, “But fifty? Yikes! I Missed That!”


Dear Jesus,

I can hardly remember being fifty. That only means that You have spared me and given me good health and a will to work. I can never thank You enough for all of Your blessings to me. Amen

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