Deuteronomy 32:7 – Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.
In Leviticus, the Lord gives a command. Remember, a commandment from the Lord is an order about which there is not choice and from which there is no turning. This is a commandment. It says, “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.” One of the great lessons I have learned about any commandment from the Lord is so powerful that it is beyond natural thinking. In the natural world, commands are given that may be beneficial to the person to whom they are given, but in general, benefit the organization, the company, the team, or the operations unit from whom the orders flow. But in the kingdom of God, EVERY commandment given by the Lord to His church flows from ONE motive – LOVE. And that love is His love for the person to whom the commandment is given.
God commands obedience, not only because it’s right, but to be a blessing to the obedient. God commands worship, not only because it’s right, but to be a blessing to the worshipper. God commands us to tithe and give, not only because it’s right, but to be a blessing to the tither/giver. No matter what commandment He has given, it is ultimately for the blessing of the obedient vessel. That is the very heart and nature of God. That is Who God is. Now take another look at our Text for Today.
In this day of the upwardly mobile young, and plans for early retirement by so many of them, the older generation, those called “senior citizens,” can be so easily pushed aside. It is not always done in an ugly manner. It is often made to bee a kind gesture to put the older person out to pasture. The problem here is that people are not horses. They do not need to be “put out to pasture.” Man is much more than a creature or instinct. He is a vessel “made” in the likeness of God, and placed BY God in position of royalty as His children. My friend, an old horse that has won the triple crown of horse racing CANNOT IN ANY WAY inform a younger horse, even one of its offspring, how to win even one of the triple crown races. Our Text for Today is a command from God on how the older, more mature, wiser, more experienced believer should be treated, honored, and blessed by the younger ones. Don’t lose or cast aside the enormous wealth of revelation, wisdom, knowledge, and faith that “senior saints” possess.
Manna for Today – Psalm 118; Deuteronomy 32:1-15; Genesis 9:5; 1 Chronicles 16:12; Psalm 77:6-11; Proverbs 4:20-23; Isaiah 43:26; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34; Philippians 2:1-11; Romans 12:1-2; Leviticus 17:11; Hebrews 12:24; Leviticus 19:32; Proverbs 16:31