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Genesis 25:7-8b

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[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:7 . .This was the total span of Abraham's life: one hundred and seventy-five years.[/B]

Abraham resided in Canaan for 100 years; and outlived Sarah by 48. That's not the way it usually happens here in modern America. Wives typically outlive their husbands; and if you don't think that's true, just visit any one of a number of retirement communities. Men over 80 who can still walk on their own, and drive a car, are like the proverbial fox in a henhouse. As of 2009, the male/female ratio for people aged 85 and older was twice as many women as men.

[B][COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:8a . . And Abraham breathed his last,[/B]

Abraham lived to see Jacob's and Esau's fifteenth birthday. The twins were born when Isaac was sixty. And Abraham died when Isaac was seventy-five. So the boys got to know their grandpa pretty good before the old master passed on.

Abraham lived a very brief life in comparison to his forebears. From Noah's point of view, who lived to 950, Abraham practically died as a child. Out ahead in the new world, a man of a hundred years old will be considered just a kid. (Isa 65;19-20)

The human life span has steadily declined since Noah's day, and now the average American, even with all the food, and the most advanced medical care in the world, only lives on average about 77 years.
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[COLOR=#ff0000]†.[/COLOR] Gen 25:8b . . dying at a good age, old and contented;[/B]

Too many people die at a bad age; viz: too soon-- for example all the teen aged boys who died in the Viet Nam war and the ones currently being killed in Afghanistan.

The word for "contented" is from [I]sabea' [/I]saw-bay'-ah) which means: satiated. In other words: Abraham didn't die unfulfilled; he lived a very satisfying life: he touched all the bases.

Thoreau once said that the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation. Well; that doesn't fit Abraham. He never wished his life had turned out differently.

"Piety with contentment is great gain." (1Tim 6:9)

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