Seventy in the Bible

I am fast approaching the age limit. Ten more days and I will have reached what the Bible states as the years of our life, but I pray for vitality to make it to 80 or 90!

The years of our life are seventy, or even by reason of strength eighty; yet their span is but toil and trouble; they are soon gone, and we fly away. Psalm 90:10

70 blessed yearsReflecting on 70, I thought it would be interesting to see the times 70 is mentioned in the Bible. Here is my study and some personal thoughts to go with it. You will find a file in PDF to print at the end of the study.

Palm trees at Elim – 70
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water. Exodus 15:27

And they set out from Marah and came to Elim; at Elim there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they camped there. Numbers 33:9

Palm trees have a very specific significance for me. I saw them in my vision when Jesus called me to bring His Gospel to the children. I waited 30 years until I came to Miami, Florida and saw them. Thousands of royal palm trees!

When I needed a name for my translation business, the most natural thing was to call it Royal Palm Translations. Now I work under the name Royal Palm World Mission.

Elim is the name of the church where I was baptized, in Örebro, Sweden.

I see myself resting under the palm trees in Elim!

Palm with Psalm

The descendants of Jacob – 70
And the sons of Joseph, who were born to him in Egypt, were two. All the persons of the house of Jacob who came into Egypt were seventy. Genesis 46:27  All the descendants of Jacob were seventy persons; Joseph was already in Egypt. Exodus 1:5

Your fathers went down to Egypt seventy persons, and now the Lord your God has made you as numerous as the stars of heaven. Deuteronomy 10:22

Days the Egyptians wept for Jacob – 70
Forty days were required for it, for that is how many are required for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days. Genesis 50:3

Elders to support Moses in his ministry – 70
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Gather for me seventy men of the elders of Israel, whom you know to be the elders of the people and officers over them, and bring them to the tent of meeting, and let them take their stand there with you.” Numbers 11:16

So Moses went out and told the people the words of the Lord. And he gathered seventy men of the elders of the people and placed them around the tent… Then the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to him, and took some of the Spirit that was on him and put it on the seventy elders. And as soon as the Spirit rested on them, they prophesied. But they did not continue doing it. Numbers 11:24,25

When I was starting with the English ministry of Royal Palm World Mission, God put 70 people on my heart to write to and invite to come on board. I called them THE SEVENTY. What resulted from that letter is the wonderful help I have of my friend Nancy Crowson. I send her Google-translated stories (from Spanish to English) and she figures them out and does a wonderful job. For my 70th birthday I will be publishing on-line story #70 in English. In Spanish it will be 314. This is nothing I had planned but by God’s grace it will be 70 on my 70th! As for THE SEVENTY I believe that when the time comes to launch a full-blown English on-line ministry, I will count on a team of 70. At present we form a hand: Kerstin, Cristina, Absalom, Nancy and Ximena. God has THE SEVENTY on his mind, I know!

Kings with thumbs and big toes cut off – 70
Judah went up and the Lord gave the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand, and they defeated 10,000 of them at Bezek. They found Adoni-bezek at Bezek and fought against him and defeated the Canaanites and the Perizzites. Adoni-bezek fled, but they pursued him and caught him and cut off his thumbs and his big toes. And Adoni-bezek said, “Seventy kings with their thumbs and their big toes cut off used to pick up scraps under my table. As I have done, so God has repaid me.” And they brought him to Jerusalem, and he died there. Judges 1:4-7

Sons of Gideon – 70
Now Gideon had seventy sons, his own offspring, for he had many wives. Judges 8:30

Pieces of silver with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows to follow him – 70
Now Abimelech the son of Jerubbaal went to Shechem to his mother’s relatives and said to them and to the whole clan of his mother’s family, “Say in the ears of all the leaders of Shechem, ‘Which is better for you, that all seventy of the sons of Jerubbaal rule over you, or that one rule over you?’ Remember also that I am your bone and your flesh.” … And they gave him seventy pieces of silver out of the house of Baal-berith with which Abimelech hired worthless and reckless fellows, who followed him.

Number of his brothers that Abimelech killed – 70
And he went to his father’s house at Ophrah and killed his brothers the sons of Jerubbaal, seventy men, on one stone. But Jotham the youngest son of Jerubbaal was left, for he hid himself. … Thus God returned the evil of Abimelech, which he committed against his father in killing his seventy brothers. Judges 9:1,2,4,56

Abdon’s forty sons and thirty grandsons each had a donkey – 70
He had forty sons and thirty grandsons, who rode on seventy donkeys, and he judged Israel eight years. Judges 12:14

Men struck because they looked upon the ark of the Lord – 70
 And he struck some of the men of Beth-shemesh, because they looked upon the ark of the Lord. He struck seventy men of them, and the people mourned because the Lord had struck the people with a great blow. Then the men of Beth-shemesh said, “Who is able to stand before the Lord, this holy God? 1 Samuel 6:19,20

Sons of Ahab that Jehu Slaughtered – 70
Now Ahab had seventy sons in Samaria. So Jehu wrote letters and sent them to Samaria, to the rulers of the city, to the elders, and to the guardians of the sons of Ahab … Then he wrote to them a second letter … Now the king’s sons, seventy persons, were with the great men of the city, who were bringing them up. And as soon as the letter came to them, they took the king’s sons and slaughtered them, seventy persons, and put their heads in baskets and sent them to him at Jezreel. … And when he came to Samaria, he struck down all who remained to Ahab in Samaria, till he had wiped them out, according to the word of the Lord that he spoke to Elijah. 2 Kings 10:1,6,7,17

 Years of exile in Babylon – 70
And they burned the house of God and broke down the wall of Jerusalem and burned all its palaces with fire and destroyed all its precious vessels. He took into exile in Babylon those who had escaped from the sword, and they became servants to him and to his sons until the establishment of the kingdom of Persia, to fulfill the word of the Lord by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed its Sabbaths. All the days that it lay desolate it kept Sabbath, to fulfill seventy years. 2 Chronicles 36:19-21

This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the Lord, making the land an everlasting waste. Jeremiah 25:11,12

“For thus says the Lord: When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will visit you, and I will fulfill to you my promise and bring you back to this place.” Jeremiah 29:12

Years the nations will serve the king of Babylon – 70
In that day Tyre will be forgotten for seventy years, like the days of one king. At the end of seventy years, it will happen to Tyre as in the song of the prostitute: … At the end of seventy years, the Lord will visit Tyre, and she will return to her wages and will prostitute herself with all the kingdoms of the world on the face of the earth. 23:15,17

This whole land shall become a ruin and a waste, and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years. Then after seventy years are completed, I will punish the king of Babylon and that nation, the land of the Chaldeans, for their iniquity, declares the Lord, making the land an everlasting waste. Jeremiah 25:11,12

In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel, perceived in the books the number of years that, according to the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet, must pass before the end of the desolations of Jerusalem, namely, seventy years. Daniel 9:2

Then the angel of the Lord said, ‘O Lord of hosts, how long will you have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which you have been angry these seventy years?’ Zechariah 1:12

Weeks decreed upon the holy city – 70
“Seventy weeks are decreed
about your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to put an end to sin, and to atone for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal both vision and prophet, and to anoint a most holy place. Daniel 9:24

Elders of the house of Israel – 70
And before them stood seventy men of the elders of the house of Israel,
with Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan standing among them. Each had his censer in his hand, and the smoke of the cloud of incense went up. Ezequiel 8:11

How many times to forgive – 70 x 7 or 77
Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Matthew 18:22

Jesus answered, “I tell you, you must forgive him not just seven times, but seventy times seven times [or seventy-seven times; the Greek can mean either 490 or 77; the point is unlimited forgiveness]!” EXB

Appointed by Jesus to go ahead of him two by two – 70 or 72
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. Luke 10:1

After this, the Lord chose [appointed] seventy-two [the number may reflect the 70 nations listed in the “table of nations” in Genesis 10 (the Greek text of which reads “72”) and so foreshadows the mission to the Gentiles] others and sent them out in pairs ahead of him into every town and place where he ·planned [was about] to go. EXB

The seventy-two returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!” Luke 10:17

Horsemen sent with Paul to Caesarea – 70
Then he called two of the centurions and said, “Get ready two hundred soldiers, with seventy horsemen and two hundred spearmen to go as far as Caesarea at the third hour of the night. Acts 23:23

That was a lot of soldier to protect Paul. Look up Acts 23 and read the story. Paul was a prisoner, but he was a roman citizen, and the Romans had to protect their own, even a prisoner. Paul was a prisoner for the Name of Christ. God was protecting his own!

How I praise God for being with me these 70 years. I fall on my knees and worship Him for allowing me to be his servant since my youth. I hope He gives me many more years to serve Him. And then I have eternity.

I praise God that we are made for eternity. Are you ready to meet your Maker the day your time on Earth is complete? Receive Jesus as your Lord and Savior! Nothing compares to Him! He is the Lover of my Soul!

Made for eternity

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About kelund

My name is Kerstin Anderas-Lundquist. I was born in Sweden to Per & Brita Anderas, on March 6, 1946. In 1948 we left to begin a missionary life in Chile; in 1956 we moved on to Peru. On May 1, 1969 I married an all-Swedish guy from Karslkrona: Bengt Göran Emanuel Lundquist. God blessed us with two daughters: Eva-Marie Elizabeth and Ruth Carina. We served as missionaries in Peru and Bolivia. In 1988 we moved to the United States to work at Life Publishers in Miami, Florida. I was to assist in developing the line of Sunday School Curriculm in Spanish known as Vida Nueva. I live in Springfield, Missouri, and am retired from work at the Assemblies of God Headquarters. My husband and daughter Eva-Marie have been promoted to Heaven. Carina is married to Thom Cole and they have given me four gourgeous grandchildren, even five (teen-age John). I will be writing about my life, past and present, blended with visions for the future. My deepest desire is to spread the “seed of love”–inspiration to serve God and our neighbors with love and compassion.
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