For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also—James 2-24,26
James reminds us what to do when we get old. Hugo McCord wrote in one of his last articles: “I am a wobbly has been on a walking cane with a failing mind, but hoping to be a nonagenarian June 24, 2001. I learned that big word to be ready to call Lois a nonagenarian on December 19, but on July 13, 2000, she departed “to be with Christ, which is far better” (Philippians 1:23). But as long as I “remain in the flesh” (Philippians 1:24), I believe there is something the Lord wants me to do everyday.” [nonagenarian means pertains to the nineties—Delbert].
“I am not as important as Jeremiah but the Lord, who knew Jeremiah before he was born about 642 BC (Jeremiah 1:5), had something for him to do even in his old age. Admirably, the weeping prophet (Jeremiah 9:1) kept nothing back in his preaching the word of Jehovah, but his listeners did not like his preaching (Jeremiah 42:7-10).”
Many assume they kidnapped him and forced him to accompany them to Egypt. There, according to various traditions, he met a martyr’s death being stoned by the Jews who resented him for his faithful reproofs. Whether he faced death in this manner the Bible does not say but it does state he was in Egypt where Jeremiah, a nonagenarian, preaches. “For I, Jehovah, will punish them that dwell in the land of Egypt, as I have punished Jerusalem, by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence. So that none of the remnant of Judah, which are gone into the land of Egypt to sojourn there, shall escape or remain, that they should return into the land of Judah, to the which they have a desire to return to dwell there: for none shall return but such as shall escape.” The people answer Jeremiah: “Then all the men which knew that their wives had burned incense unto other gods, and all the women that stood by, a great multitude, even all the people that dwelt in the land of Egypt, in Pathros, answered Jeremiah, saying, As for the word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the LORD, we will not hearken unto thee” (Jeremiah 44:13-16). Jeremiah then utters these famous words: “Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will give Pharaoh-hophra king of Egypt into the hand of his enemies, and into the hand of them that seek his life; as I gave Zedekiah king of Judah into the hand of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, his enemy, and that sought his life” (Jeremiah 44:30).