by Roger Thomas

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Series: Family-Raising the Future
Roger Thomas
Leviticus 19:32

Introduction: Today I want to take the occasion of this Memorial Day weekend (or Decoration Day, as they called it when I was a kid) and the middle of our Season of the Family to honor the older folk among us. For our purposes today, I want to define older folk as anyone over the proverbial three score and ten, or seventy years old. How many do we have present today in their 70's? In their 80's? Anyone in their 90's?

Seniors, we want to honor you today. That verse from Leviticus calls for respect and honor for those who are older. It says, "Rise in the presence of the aged." May I suggest that for a moment we do just that? I would invite all of you under seventy to stand in honor of our older folk. Let's give them a "hand" as a symbol of our respect and honor. Thank you!

That little verse from Leviticus 19 may seem strange and out of place to some. Leviticus, as you may remember, is named for the Old Testament tribe of Levi. Levi was the family group from which the priests and servants in the tabernacle were to come. The book of Leviticus contains the rules and regulations for the conduct of the Jewish priests, the construction of the tabernacle, and the various offerings and sacrifices that were offered to God. This particular chapter provides an overview of basic Old Testament morality. It is sort of a commentary on how to apply the Ten Commandments. Then in the middle of all of these assorted regulations, seemingly out of nowhere, verse 32 says, "Rise in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly..."

That "out of nowhere" admonition might be confusing enough, but note how the verse ends, "and revere your God." I am the LORD." This little verse in the middle of this chapter reminds us that respect for our elders and reverence for our Creator often go hand in hand. I think it is demonstrably true. A people that app ...

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