120 Years Question

I mentioned before that our family decided that we would, as a family, strive to read through the Bible chronologically this year.

Mike made it a point to let the kids know we could stop anytime during the reading if there were questions, but sometimes the answer would be “I don’t know.”

We’re starting a bit late, but we’re going to attempt to log some of their questions here and do our best to give theories or answers. Hence the new category: “Family Bible Questions.”

If you want to add your two cents to any of the questions, please do! This year is a journey for us, and our thoughts might change as we go too!

So on to this week’s big question from the kids:

If God said man can’t live longer than 120 years, how did Abraham and Isaac and a bunch of other guys get away with it?

There is a theory that when God said that he was actually referring to it being 120 years until the big flood.

One theologian analyzed the passage and said that time elapsed between each verse.  That in Genesis 6:3 when we read, “And the LORD said, “My Spirit shall not strive with man forever, for he is indeed flesh; yet his days shall be one hundred and twenty years.”

This theologian started doing the math from details in the passages following. Like it mentions how old Noah was when he had sons and through logic, the theologian estimated how old the sons would have to be before being allowed to find a wife and how old the sons were after the flood…. When he did the math he though it fit with 120 years from verse 3 until the actual flood.

Others point out that God didn’t say that his spirit would stop striving with man starting that exact moment, it said that it wouldn’t strive with man forever.  And after the flood, the amount of years men lived gradually shrunk down until Moses, who lived 120 years.

In Psalms 90: 10 it says, “Our days may come to seventy years, or eighty, if our strength endures.”  So clearly, everyone did stop living so long eventually.

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