“Age” is used to represent different periods of changes in the earth’s surface. However, Bible students sometimes use “Age” to represent different periods of changes in God’s governing of humanity. From the previous post, we discovered five Ages of Time related to the earth. Comparing them to Ages of divine government, we discover another layer in the Bible story of God’s relationship with humanity.
Age of Creation
The Earth’s Creative age has a dateless beginning; however, in relation to humanity, the planet’s elements were reformed for our original parents, Adam & Eve. We can date that time by following the Bible’s Timeline which is accurately preserved by the Jewish calendar. The current (2020/2021) Hebrew year is 5781. Our first parents were about 3761 years before Jesus Christ. The Age of Creation ended with the Fall of Man (Genesis 2:15-17 c/f 3:23-24).
Age of Conscience
Adam and Eve were forced out of the Garden of Eden. God allowed humanity to utilize its newly obtained knowledge of good and evil to guide their actions. Unfortunately, humanity gave way to evil with little regard to good (Genesis 6:5-6). A universal flood was sent to restart humanity (Genesis 1:28 c/f 9:1). Before the flood, individual conscience was the guide. After the flood, collective conscience was the guide. This ended with the establishment of Law.
Age of Law
The Creator designated a specific nation (Israel) to act as a guide for governing collective behaviour. There were given the Law which is summarised by The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:1-17). Mankind became separated into “Jews” and “Gentiles”. Jews were God’s chosen as an illustration to the other nations of divine expectation in relationships between fellow humans. The Age of Law highlighted human nature to justify itself by obeying its letter while ignoring its spirit related to God. This ended with the crucifixion of Israel’s promised Messiah being crucified.
These three Ages complete the Old Testament part of the human drama. In the next post, we will complete the story by looking at the three Ages reported in the New Testament.
Realizing the Creator has been governing humanity while respecting freedom to rebel against His rule demonstrates God’s love and grace. Life on earth is a space of time given us to repent of our sinful nature and accept God’s gift of eternal life through Jesus Christ’s death, burial and resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-3).