Why are days are short on the Earth

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08.11.2015 Old Testament: Psa 90.7–9

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 90–92 on August 11, In the year of our Lord 2015

By Don Ruhl

Just before Moses pictured the typical lifespan of humanity, he explained why that lifespan only averages between 70 and 80 years of age,

For we have been consumed by Your anger,
And by Your wrath we are terrified.
You have set our iniquities before You,
Our secret sins in the light of Your countenance.
For all our days have passed away in Your wrath;
We finish our years like a sigh.
(Psalm 90.7–9) 

The sins of mankind, starting with Adam and Eve, have limited our time on the Earth. Initially the Lord would allow humanity to live forever on the Earth, but that changed after the first humans sinned. Nevertheless, from Adam to Noah, people lived for centuries. However, man’s endless pursuit of evil brought the Great Flood, and thereafter the average lifespan decreased rapidly until it reached the level of Psalm 90, a level that still holds true.

We think that sin is not all that bad, but if we would read the Bible, we would discover that it is devastating to us. Even if God forgives us, the lasting affects of sin linger.

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