Moses Was An Old Dude

Oct 29, 2012

Did you know Moses was 80 when God called him to talk to Pharoah about freeing the Israelites?   Moses was an old dude, for sure.  Then God decided to give Moses a break, and He arranged for Aaron to come along and help Moses.  Guess what?  Aaron was 83!  Now I’m not so sure I would consider an 83 year old man to be much of a helper, but we all know God has a sense of humor.

Our pastor used this passage of scripture in Exodus as the text for his sermon this week.  Being someone who works with senior citizens every day, and someone who writes about senior citizens in both blog and book format, this little tidbit of information on Moses and Aaron caught my attention.

I think it is one of the ways God reminds us to recognize the benefit senior citizens have in our lives.  We are often quick to disregard their stories or ideas.  We seem to forget they have knowledge beyond anything we have experienced.  We ignore their education, both formal and informal.

God decided to call on the wisdom Moses had gained in his 80 years on Earth, and He enhanced that wisdom with Aaron and his talents garnered through 83 years of being alive.  If God looks this way on the senior citizens, shouldn’t we?  Hope that gives you Something To Ponder.

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Comment by Carol Howell on October 30, 2012 at 9:44am

Ahh, Peter - You make me smile!

Comment by Peter A Ferguson on October 30, 2012 at 7:22am

Funny how when I was a kid, 80 seemed ANCIENT. Now I know several people well into their 90s who exhibit great wisdom, strength, and ability. Moses was "seasoned" and ready for the challenge. I often wonder where my Aaron is ... but then I realize her name is Stephanie. 

Comment by Carol Howell on October 30, 2012 at 6:02am

Deborah - Old people rock! 

Comment by Debbie W. Wilson on October 29, 2012 at 8:56pm

Carol, I love that Moses worked for another 40 years after age 80 and climbed a mountain the day he died. "His eye was not dim, nor his vigor abated." I hope that can be said of me. Thanks for your thoughts.

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