Friday, February 17, 2017

A Ripe Old Age

O. T. #928  "A Ripe Old Age"
Feb. 6, 2017
1Chronicles 2-Part 5


He died at a ripe old age. I wondered what age that would be. So I Googled-King David died a 69 or 70. Oh, well that doesn't seem old to me, since it is less than 8 years away for me. Guess it depends on your perspective of "old." (When I was a teenager, 70 was old, but now, not so old.)

David asked the people to bless (too bend the knee) the Lord and they did, along with bowing their heads and worshiping (to prostrate oneself) the Lord. The next day, they brought a 1,000 of each- bulls, rams, and male lambs for burnt offerings. Also, Israel brought drink offerings and sacrifices in abundance.
They feasted and drank in the LORD's presence with great joy that day. (verse 22)
God loves a cheerful giver.
Do you think He was pleased that day? Do we give God the credit for His provisions?

For a second time, Solomon was anointed king of Israel. Probably this was a public ceremony, subsequent to the private one of 1 Kings 1 in response to Adonijah's conspiracy. Zadok, David's high priest, was loyal to both father and son, thus he remained as high priest during Solomon's reign.


The LORD magnified Solomon exceedingly in the sight of all Israel, and bestowed upon him such royal majesty as had been on any king before him in Israel.  (verse 25)

Do you recall how long David had reigned as king over Israel? It was a total of 40 years, with 7 years in Hebron and 33 years in Jerusalem.

Look what Ezra wrote about David in verse 28: He died in a good old age, full of days, riches, and honor: and Solomon his son reigned in his stead.

NLT says it this way: He died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed a long life, wealth, and honor.

Well, whether he died at a good old age or a ripe old age, he still died like those before him and those after him, plus like we will do one day.
You know, David had limitless riches, but they never captured his heart. He fought other battles, but never greed or materialism. Can they say the same of us?

Nothing of God dies nor does His principles die when a man of God dies.  (Swindoll)

Folks, whether we are enjoying a life full of days, riches, or honor, let us live for the honor of Jesus.
And enjoy our life He has given.
I want to be rich in faith and obedience, fulfilling God's purpose for my life.
What's your purpose? Do you know?
What kind of impact are we having on the next generation?


Be rich in faith, not materials or money.

Be thankful that I have lived this long.


  1. Yesterday I was pondering when we went from living several hundred years to an average of just over 80. Had to laugh; our daughter who is 8 months pregnant had a check up yesterday. Since she has been induced with all six of her other kiddies, the Dr told her that due to her being of a mature age, she can be induced a week before her due date. She is 34.

    I did not know David had died so young.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a great weekend.

  2. Blessing on mother and baby coming and grandma who takes care of the family.
    During pre-flood days people did live extremely long times. Maybe God did it to repopulate the earth, or it is His grace that we DON'T LIVE THAT LONG.
    Noah lived 950 years, with 600 being faithful to God, then fell into sin.
    I prefer to die younger and stay faithful than old and not remain faithful to God.