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Topic Revisited

July 26, 2005

A long time ago I brought up the topic of "Is retirement a godly thing to do?"  Didn’t get too much of a response (okay, no response), so the ‘conversation’ never went anywhere.  Didn’t think too much else about it.  Then yesterday I was reading in Numbers 8 and came across Numbers 8:23-26:

The LORD said to Moses, "This applies to the Levites: Men twenty-five years old or more shall come to take part in the work at the Tent of Meeting, but at the age of fifty, they must retire from their regular service and work no longer. They may assist their brothers in performing their duties at the Tent of Meeting, but they themselves must not do the work. This, then, is how you are to assign the responsibilities of the Levites."

So, thoughts?  Implications?  Principles?  I’m still trying to figure it out.  In a system where service to the Lord was very specific (outlined) for these folks, retirement is obviously spelled out for them.  But can/does that apply to you and me under the new covenant in which there is no physical tabernacle to service?

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  1. July 26, 2005 12:58 pm

    Should the younger generation pick up the labor of their elders and care for them in their old age? Should said elders step aside for the good of the next generation, even though they might remain capable a little longer? Yep.

    Does God bless this practice? I think so. He said something about the respect/instruction relationship I think.

  2. July 31, 2005 10:33 pm

    Good call Fogey. So we retire for the betterment of the younger generation, not because we have earned it and want to travel or play lots and lots of bingo.

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