Some notes on Methuselah:
Means: When he dies it will come or (He dies, there is a sending forth)
• “When Enoch had lived sixty-five years, he became the father of Methuselah.” (Genesis 5:21)
• The flood was coming because of men’s evil… “And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)
• “And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repents me that I have made them.” (Genesis 6:7)
• And… “The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence.” (Genesis 6:11)
Enoch was 365 when taken to heaven. (Genesis 5:23)
Methuselah was 187 when Lamech was born. (Genesis 5:25)
Lamech 182 when Noah was born. (Genesis 5:28-29)
Lamech was 777 when he died. (Genesis 5:31)
Methuselah 969 when he died. (Genesis 5:27)
Noah was 600 when the flood came. (Genesis 7:11)
Noah was 600 when Methuselah died (969 – 182 – 187 = 600).
[182 + 187 = 369, 969 – 369 = 600]
Noah was 600 when the flood came, (Genesis 7:11) the same year Methuselah died.
• Methuselah was the oldest man in the Bible, even Adam died younger at 930 year old. (Genesis 5:5). This shows God’s grace and he withholds the judgment for as long as possible.
• Jewish writers say that Methuselah died just 7 days before the flood…
• “And it came to pass after seven days, that the waters of the flood were on the earth.” (Genesis 7:10)
• If his name was prophetic God made sure it referred to himself and not his father Enoch by removing him from the the earth. (Genesis 5:23 & Hebrews 11:5).
• “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.” (Genesis 6:8)
• Methuselah lived for almost 1000 years, he was a symbol of God judgment and his grace.
• “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.” (II Peter 3:8, KJV)
• “For he says, “At the acceptable time I have listened to you, and helped you on the day of salvation.” Behold, now is the acceptable time; behold, now is the day of salvation.” (II Corinthians 6:2, RSV)