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Stories for the Ages

According to the Bible, we can serve God regardless of our age. Paul told Timothy, "Don't let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers" (1 Tim. 4:12). Similarly, God has no mandatory retirement age. Joshua conquered the Promised Land when he "was well-advanced in years" (Josh. 13:1). Can you guess the ages of the following people when God used them?

1. How old was Moses when he led the Israelites out of Egypt? (Extra points if you know how old he was when his mother placed him in the Nile.)

A. 40 years

B. 60 years

C. 80 years

D. 120 years

2. What was the approximate age difference between Jesus and John the Baptist?

A. 6 months

B. 9 months

C. 12 months

D. 2 years

3. Methuselah, the oldest person in the Bible, died when he was how old?

A. 123 years

B. 635 years

C. 872 years

D. 969 years

4. Israel's youngest king, Joash, inherited the throne when he was how old?

A. 5 years

B. 7 years

C. 10 years

D. 12 years

5. How old was Noah when he entered the ark?

A. 120 years

B. 250 years

C. 600 years

D. 750 years

6. At what age did Caleb conquer the giants in the Promised Land?

A. 85 years old

B. 65 years old

C. 90 years old

D. 110 years old

7. How old was Jesus when Simeon and Anna prophesied that He was the promised Messiah?

A. 40 days

B. 12 years

C. 8 days

D. 7 years

1. C. 80 years (Ex. 7:7). Moses was chosen for God's purposes at 3 months of age when he was placed in the Nile (Ex. 2:2). He fled from Egypt when he was 40, returned when he was 80, and led the Israelites for 40 more years. He died at the age of 120, "yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone" (Deut. 34:7).

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