14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful.
15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house.
16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.
Abram was 10 years older than Sarah (Genesis 17:17). God called Abraham to leave Ur, Mesopotamia for Canaan when he was 75 years old. Assuming Abraham lived in the Promised Land for just five years before the severe farming, Abraham would be 80 years old and Sarah 70.
So this Sarah lady, a septuagenarian enters Egypt and instantly causes a stir. The people of the world’s superpower at the time realised that Sarah is very beautiful. The princes think she is fit for no other person than Pharaoh, the King himself. They take her to the King and he grabs her with all speed and alacrity. He begins to treat her brother Abraham extremely well and showers him with lots of gifts (verse 16).
Friends, Bible says,
The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bear fruit in old age. (Psalm 92:12-14, ES)
One of my favourite scriptures says,
…And let him dip his foot in oil. Your sandals shall be iron and bronze; As your days, so shall your strength be. (Deuteronomy 32:24&25, ES).
Moses was glittering at 120 years old. Bible says, his eyes were not dim nor his natural vigour diminished (Deuteronomy 32:7).
Last but not least, Caleb, the man of faith was glittering at age 85. He had this to say:
And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive these forty-five years as He said, even since the Lord spoke this word to Moses, while Israel wandered in the wilderness. And now, lo, I am eighty-five years old today. As yet I am as strong today as I was in the day that Moses sent me. As my strength was then, even so is my strength now, for war, both to go out and to come in. And now give me this mountain of which the Lord spoke on that day. For you heard in that day how the giants were there, and that the cities were great and fortified. If the Lord will be with me, then I will be able to drive them out, as the Lord said. And Joshua blessed him, and gave Hebron to Caleb … for an inheritance. And Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb … to this day, because he fully followed the Lord, the God of Israel. (Joshua 14:10-14)
May we also glitter both now and in old age. No dementia! Nobody will have a reason to call you a witch or wizard due to old age and its accompanying characteristics. You won’t become a burden on anyone.
May we glitter as the stars of the sky and as the brightness of the firmament in the Name of Jesus. Amen