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man was learning his values, and Barzillai  The Example of Paul
        had confidence in recommending him as a   Paul’s advice to Timothy was to read and
        servant to David. Likewise the apostle Paul   meditate upon the scriptures. “Meditate
        could recommend Timothy to the Philip-  upon these things; give thyself wholly to
        pians: “For I have no man likeminded,   them; that thy profiting may appear to all”
        who will naturally care for your state”   (1Tim 4:15, KJV). The exhortation was for
        (Phil 2:20, KJV). “But ye know the proof   a serious commitment of time each day
        of him, that, as a son with the father, he   to study the Scriptures. The Psalmist also
        hath served with me in the gospel” (Phil   reminds us of the godly man, “But his de-
        2:22, KJV). It is important that we not only   light is in the law of the LORD; and in his
        provide examples of ethical behavior, but   law doth he meditate day and night” (Psa
        also display values and convictions to   1:2, KJV). Senior years must schedule time
        those who learn from us.             each day to read the Scriptures consecu-
          Barzillai leaves us another example of   tively, and also to pursue a personal study
        senior impairment in that he felt that his   of some subject or theme. Paul evidently
        powers of discernment had diminished   instructed Timothy, in light of his own
        and consequently  his contributions to   passing and the emergence of Timothy as
        David’s program would be insignificant.   a leader of God’s people, to commit the
        While it appears that his days of service   truth of God to younger men so that the
        were finished, his sons would eat at Solo-  testimony would continue unabated after
        mon’s table (1Kings 2:7) and later genera-  he was called home.
        tions came up with Ezra and Zerubbabel
        from Babylon. It is good when we leave a   The Example of Jacob
        posterity who remain faithful to the Lord    “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying,
        and to the assembly. Senior believers   blessed both the sons of Joseph; and wor-
        should mentor younger believers, as Moses   shiped, leaning upon the top of his staff”
        did with Joshua.                     (Heb 11:21, KJV). Jacob’s life was inconsis-
        The Example of Anna                  tent in some ways, but his last days were
          Anna exemplifies another endeavor in   triumphant. He was able to demonstrate
                                             his apprehension of the will of God in
        which seniors can be engaged: “And there   relation to his progeny, and he was able
        was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter   to worship God although in perhaps a
        of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher: she was   weakened physical condition. The wor-
        of a great age … which departed not from   ship of senior men in the assembly can be
        the temple, but served God with fasting   a desirable asset in the experience of any
        and prayers night and day” (Luke 2:36,37,   company of God’s people.
        KJV). What a legacy to leave for others to
        follow! Her life was filled with prayer and   Conclusion
        worship. It was not a casual exercise, but   While most of us wistfully look back
        rather a dedicated and serious use of her   with regrets regarding our contribution to
        time to worship God and intercede for oth-  the assembly testimony, and feel that we
        ers. We must schedule our days to spend   could have accomplished so much more for
        time in prayer and thanksgiving to God.   God, there is still an opportunity to serve
        Other things must be sacrificed to provide   as examples of students, intercessors, and
        time for this valuable exercise.     worshipers until the Lord comes.

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