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Lifespan

Lifespan – Genesis 6:1-3 (120 years), Psalm 9:10 (70-80 years)

“Now it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the Earth, and daughters were born to them, (2) that the sons of God saw the daughters of men, that they were beautiful, and they took wives for themselves of all whom they chose. (3) The LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

God ordained the lifespan of man (human) to be 120 years old. Some may not reach that peak, and some may have a little bonus; God’s secret is why some may live over the upper limit of 120. A French woman lived 122 years and passed in 1997. That is a fact. How many lived that long out of the billions of people on Earth? Did she wish for it and was granted, or did it happen purposefully? That mystery only God knows, or miracles for people to seek for the revealed truth that humans can still live more than 120 years.

Psalm 90:10 is attributed to Moses. It is well known for its reference to human life expectancy as 70 or 80 (“three years and ten” or “if because of strength …). This lifespan was given to Jewish people. Moses died at 120 and was a Hebrew born in Egypt.

There were three kinds of people during ancient Israel: the Jews, the Gentiles, and the unbelievers. Abraham was the first Jew, Noah and his family were non-Jews (Gentiles), and both the Jews and Gentiles who did not believe were the unbelievers. We could then seek the truth that we are descendants of one of the three sons of Noah.

Abraham runs through the line of Noah’s son Shem (Genesis 11:10-28). Noah and his three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, with their wives, were saved from the flood, and in Genesis 9… “Then God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.” The Earth was repopulated,

DNA testing is far from getting closer; the sample available is up to 200 years old. We will never find out who we descended from in our lifetime. The best advice is to refocus on getting our priorities right while enjoying our fellowship with our loved ones and remaining focused on the more promising glory that awaits us. With these two focuses, we deal with our present physical happiness and, simultaneously, our joy with the spiritual, which is the thing to come.

Since we have been justified by faith and sanctified to have peace with God through the victorious mission of the Son Jesus, the Chosen One, we have gained God’s grace for the extension of life on which we now stand, and through His mercy, our lives have been redeemed from the evil eye of Sin.

According to Psalm 90:10, “The measure of our life is seventy years; and if through strength it may be eighty years, its pride is only trouble and sorrow, for it comes to an end and we are quickly gone.” Basic English Bible (WEB).

When we call the name of the one true God, our LORD, faithful to His word and will never change His merciful nature, can change the circumstances. Adam and Eve were spared instead of physical death and expulsion from the garden, which cost them spiritual death. Adam lived a long life and died when he was 930 years old. “

Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD, and he and his family from a physical death during the deluge that wiped out all the flesh on the face of the Earth. Noah believed and trusted God, and he was a righteous man. He lived 950 years and died.

When King Hezekiah pleaded that his life would be prolonged, the Lord said, “I will heal you: . . . And I will add unto your days fifteen years.” 2 Kings 20:5-6.)

“The grace of life can be extended up to 120 years like the extension of life given to the people during Noah’s time. When humanity sinned considerably, and the Earth had become corrupted, God said before the deluge, ‘My spirit shall not abide in man forever, for he is flesh; his days shall be a hundred and twenty years.’ Nevertheless, life will end eventually, as it is written that all have sinned and are short in honoring the one true God- Romans 3:23. The wages of Sin is death. Therefore, death is the payment to end Sin.

The discussions of Psalm 90:10 continue, claiming that it was written for the Jews only and could be accurate, but then again, those who were justified, according to John 3:16, could be spared. As we are witnessing, there are people with longer ages but hardly meet the 120 years; the pains and sufferings of those people are not worth to be envied. E.g., extended fear due to violence, food shortage (overpopulation, no land to cultivate), abusive behavior of the powerful (power of money), diseases, and many more are all living factors of fear in having extended stay on Earth.

Fear can cause stress that leads to inflammation in every cell of our body, leading to chronic disease when the body attacks our immune system. This type of disease, especially the irreversible, could be unbearable.

Pain is suffering, and because of faith, Christians consider it an opportunity to persevere; perseverance can change our character and attitude and may lead to a greater hope that no matter how long it takes, we believe hope will never put us to shame. Hope produces faith in God and acknowledges Him to run our lives. We believe He will reward us with eternal life in a glorified body; God is our hope and partner here and after this purposeful life.

Thank you, Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit, three in one in wholeness and richness; we thank you for being part of your family. Your protection, guidance, and tender loving care assure us we will be with you now and forever. 💕

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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