John Calvin’s commentaries are rich in both biblical exposition and social commentary. In preparing to preach in Genesis 7 this coming Lord’s Day at Pottsville Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, I came across this comment regarding Genesis 7:6 which resonated with me.
Noah was six hundred years old when the flood of waters came upon the earth. Genesis 7:6
“It is not without reason that he again mentions the age of Noah. For old age has this among other evils – that it renders men more indolent and morose. Whence the faith of Noah was the more conspicuous, because it did not fail him in that advanced period of life.”
For more hard words about growing older, check out my review of A Word to the Aged by William Bridge.