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by Vernon Dunning, 12-30-09
Vernon Dunning

I have always loved everyone especially older people. My grandparents were my first inspiration in life.

The Bible encourages the younger to respect the older. Lev. 19:32 reads: “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.” Prov. 16:31 continues: “The hoary head is a crown of glory, if it be found in the way of righteousness.” Prov. 23:22 tells us: “Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.” Eph. 6:1-2 reads: “Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)” 1 Tim. 5:1 tells us: “Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father; and the younger men as brethren”.

Our senior members are very important to God. God has always used his older servants in his service.

  A. Noah was 600 years old when God told him to build the ark.
   1. He was 950 years old when he died.
   2. Two thirds of his life was lived before the Lord gave him this assignment.
  B. Noah was highly respected because of his life.
   1. He was in fellowship with God. Gen 6:8-9 tells us: “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
   2. He was an obedient man. Gen. 6:22 reads: “Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.”
   3. He was a man of faith. Heb. 11:7 continues: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

II. ABRAHAM WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD.   A. Abraham, at the age of seventy-five was instructed to begin a journey. Gen. 12:1-3 tells us: “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
  B. God knew he could count on Abraham.
   1. Abraham was obedient. Heb. 11:8 reads: “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
   2. Abraham was a man of faith. Gen. 15:6 tells us: “And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.”
   3. Abraham was a worshipful man. Gen. 22:5 lets us know: “And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.”
   4. Abraham was generous, courageous and a friend of God. James 2:23 reads: “And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.”

  A. He was eighty years old when God called him from the burning bush.
   1. He was called to lead Israel out of Egyptian bondage. Ex. 3:10 reads: “Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.”
   2. Moses was faithful. Speaking of Jesus Heb. 3:2 reads: “Who was faithful to him that appointed him, as also Moses was faithful in all his house.” Verse 5 continues: “And Moses verily was faithful in all his house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken after”.
   3. Moses was a humble man. Num. 12:3 tells us: “(Now the man Moses was very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth.)”
   4. Moses was a leader.

IV. THE APOSTLE PAUL WAS A SENIOR SERVANT OF GOD. He was probably in his forties when Jesus made him an apostle and in his seventies when he died.
  A. The Apostle Paul considered himself a senior servant. Paul writes in Philemon 9: “Yet for love's sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”
  B. Paul served God until he was called to rest. 2 Tim. 4:6-8 reads: “For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

  A. Teaching godly lessons. Titus 2:1-5 tells us: “But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.”
  B. Setting godly examples.
   1. Paul writes in Phil. 3:17: “Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.”
   2. Heb. 13:7 reads: “Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.”
   3. Matt. 5:16 tells us: “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
  C. Living godly lives
   1. We are all important to one another and to God.
   2. The way we live influences others at any age.
   3. Young people need role modesl that they can look up to.

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