The fountain of youth is a myth.
Much has been written over the years about the legendary fountain of youth. Wikipedia describes the fountain of youth as, “A spring that supposedly restores the youth of anyone who drinks or bathes in its waters“. Of course the fountain of youth is a myth, but what people don’t know is that there is something which can give the same effects as the fountain of youth – and no it’s not the Holy Grail from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade! What I’m referring to is widely available and is actually already in many homes worldwide. Whether or not the people who possess it actually realise what it is, is another matter entirely though.
Is Jesus senile?
So just what is this fountain of youth? Jesus said in John 4:14 in the New Century Version, “Whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty. The water I give will become a spring of water gushing up inside that person, giving eternal life“. The spring or fountain of water that Jesus was referring to, is the Word of God. The Word of God is the real version of the fabled fountain of youth. We looked at how you can have the strength of youth in old age in my post, ‘Getting Older & Stronger‘, and now we will see how we can also have a lengthy life. But first I will deal with an issue that could enter your thoughts – “It’s all very well me being strong and living for a long time, but what if I become senile, or get dementia or Alzheimer’s?“. This question is easily answered: 1 Corinthians 2:16 says, “We have the mind of Christ“. Does Jesus have dementia? Does Jesus have Alzheimer’s? Is Jesus senile? No, of course not! Which means that you do not need to be either. Whether you develop these conditions is not down to chance, it is down to whether you stand on what God has already said about you.
Moses was not limited by any 70 or 80 years approximate limit.
So what does the Bible have to say about living a long life? Well in ‘Getting Older & Stronger‘, I mentioned Genesis 6:3 in the Common English Bible which says, “My breath will not remain in humans forever, because they are flesh. They will live one hundred twenty years“. I will now deal with perhaps the number one reason why people have trouble believing that 120 is really an realistic age to be expecting to live to – the very well known ‘threescore years and ten’ that Psalm 90 apparently assigns to us. However the context of this Psalm has been widely misunderstood. This is not one of David’s Psalms as you might assume. The title in The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition is, ‘A Prayer of Moses the man of God‘. Moses of course lived to be 120 years old and could presumably have lived longer, if he had not been denied permission to enter the Promised Land. The point is that Moses himself was not limited by any 70 or 80 years approximate limit.
Plenty of people live beyond 80.
So what did Moses mean when he wrote, “ The days of our years are threescore years and ten (seventy years)—or even, if by reason of strength, fourscore years (eighty years)“? To quote from the very enlightening footnote from The Amplified Bible, Classic Edition:
“Moses…is interceding with God to remove the curse which made it necessary for every Israelite over twenty years of age (when they rebelled against God at Kadesh-barnea) to die before reaching the promised land (Num. 14:26-35). Moses says most of them are dying at seventy years of age. This number has often been mistaken as a set span of life for all mankind. It was not intended to refer to anyone except those Israelites under the curse during that particular forty years.”
If you have been taught that the Bible says we can live 70 or 80 years, that teaching was in error. It is clear that plenty of people live beyond 80, and you can too (if you reach that age before Jesus returns for us).
Those are God’s words, so don’t dismiss them!
Let’s take a look at what the Bible has to say about long life. Psalm 91:14-16 in The Message translation says, “If you’ll hold on to me for dear life, says God, I’ll get you out of any trouble. I’ll give you the best of care if you’ll only get to know and trust me. Call me and I’ll answer, be at your side in bad times; I’ll rescue you, then throw you a party. I’ll give you a long life, give you a long drink of salvation!“. Those are God’s words, so don’t dismiss them with, “Oh, that’s nice!“, as though you don’t believe a word of it. Deuteronomy 5:32-33 in the Contemporary English Version also shows that the secret to long life is to trust God and to do what He says: “You must carefully obey the Lord’s commands. Follow them, because they make a path that will lead to a long successful life in the land the Lord your God is giving you“. More instructions showing how important obeying God is in relation to living a long and blessed life can be found in Proverbs 3:1-2 also from the CEV: ‘My child, remember my teachings and instructions and obey them completely. They will help you live a long and prosperous life‘.Verses like these are there for everyone who reads the Bible and has made Jesus their Lord and Saviour, but many people don’t pay any attention to them – don’t make the same mistake! Believe to live a long, strong, healthy and fulfilled life, either well beyond one hundred or until Jesus comes to take us to Heaven.
Of course if you want to live a long life you’ll need to stay safe. You can read more on this in my post, ‘An Angelic Security Force‘. Finally, as I mentioned at the beginning, a literal fountain of youth is a myth. However Ezekiel 47 foretells a time when there will be not a fountain, but a stream following from the new temple in Jerusalem. This stream will become a river and it will bring life wherever it flows.
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