Methuselah

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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 65 when Methuselah was born. (Genesis 5:21)
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)

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A Study of the Book of Galatians

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Les Wheeldon's study of the book of Galatians is a 31 page document which looks at the letter as a whole noting the following structure:

  • Gal 1:6-12 – His purpose in writing: To combat the corruption of the Galatian believers from the simplicity of the gospel.
  • Gal 1:13-24 – Paul's testimony: Salvation from the emptiness of man centred religion.
  • Gal 2 – Paul's authority: The gospel he preached and his relationship with the other apostles.
  • Gal 3 – Blessing and curse: The cursed emptiness of self effort  compared with the blessedness of a life of faith in the power of the spirit.
  • Gal 4 – Man's infancy:  Life under the law, compared with the glory of the new covenant that makes us sons of God.
  • Gal 5 – The choice: Spirit or flesh, a life of love or a life of sin.
  • Gal 6 – The freedom to serve: Free indeed at last, and truly free.
  • Gal 6:11-18 – Paul's passionate appeal: Paul is consumed with the cross and its effect on his life.

Can you think of a book or a sermon that has changed your life?  I do not mean  influenced your life, I really mean changed you.  These 6 little chapters have that power, to transform you and your whole approach to Christ and christian life.  This little book can open up  a world of love, joy and peace in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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Old Things Have Passed Away, Behold, All Things Are Become New

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In a series of posts to a forum on http://www.sermonindex.net Ron Bailey wrote about the “Baptism in the Spirit”, this study contains some of extracts from those posts.

In his introduction Ron writes, "In this study we will try to build 'from the ground' up, rather than reacting to contemporary views or definitions of the 'Baptism in the Holy Spirit'. Suppose you were in a closed country with no access  to denominational or historical sources. Your only source is the scripture which you 'search diligently' to know what Christ expects of you and what you may expect of Him; this is my attempt  to answer the last half of that search."

This study covers:

  • The Old Testament's Hidden Baptisms
    • The Flood
    • The Crossing of the Red Sea
    • Naaman's Baptism
    • Isaiah's Baptism
    • Ezekiel's Baptism
  • The Jewish Baptism of Proselytes
  • John Baptist's Testimony
  • The forgotten baptism
  • New Testament use of the word
  • What really happened at Cornelius' place

I hope you enjoy it.

Gary

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