Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | April 7, 2022

“The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree, … They will still yield fruit in old age; … To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”

Today’s devotion comes from Genesis 35:27-29.

“Jacob came to his father Isaac at Mamre of Kiriath-arba (that is, Hebron), where Abraham and Isaac had sojourned.

Now the days of Isaac were one hundred and eighty years.  Isaac breathed his last and died and was gathered to his people, an old man of ripe age;  and his sons Esau and Jacob buried him.”  Genesis 35:27-29.

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In addition to Isaac who died at a “ripe old age”, we read about the following saints who also died at a “ripe old age” 

“Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people.”  Genesis 25:8. 

“And Gideon (judge and deliverer of Israel) the son of Joash died at a ripe old age and was buried in the tomb of his father Joash, in Ophrah of the Abiezrites.” Judges 8:32. 

“Then he (King David) died in a ripe old age, full of days, riches and honor;  and his son Solomon reigned in his place.”  1 Chronicles 29:28. 

“Now when Jehoiada (the priest who helped repair the temple) reached a ripe old age he died;  he was one hundred and thirty years old at his death.  They buried him in the city of David among the kings, because he had done well in Israel and to God and His house.”  2 Chronicles 24:15-16.

We eagerly search out what the Scriptures state about long life.

“‘Honor your father and your mother, as the LORD your God has commanded you, that your days may be prolonged and that it may go well with you on the land which the LORD your God gives you.”  Deuteronomy 5:16.

“13 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
14 For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
15 She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
16 Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
17 Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
18 She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.” Proverbs 3:13-18.

“14 “Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name.
15 “He will call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
16 “With a long life I will satisfy him
And let him see My salvation
.” Psalm 91:14-16.

“12 The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree,
He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
13 Planted in the house of the LORD,
They will flourish in the courts of our God.
14 They will still yield fruit in old age;
They shall be full of sap and very green,
15 To declare that the LORD is upright;
He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him
.” Psalm 92:12-15.


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