Monday, January 22, 2018
Block 91 Methusaleh
“Gray hair is a crown of splendor.” Proverbs 16:31
Methusaleh was old. Very old. Unbelievably old. At 969, Methusaleh was the oldest man in the Bible. The great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Adam and grandfather of Noah, Methusaleh died the year of the great flood. But how could it be true? Genesis 5 describes nine men who lived 777 years or more. This seams impossible compared to today’s life expectancy standards. Some have speculated that these “years” could be translated as months, which would make Methusaleh 78 years old when he died. Certainly this is more reasonable. Still others have speculated that the ages of these men were multiplied by 10, which would make Methusaleh 96 years old when he died. But what if these speculations are wrong? What if the ages were accurately reported? How could this be?
Some have argued that these aged men can attribute their advanced years to their holiness and virtue — their closeness to God. But this argument fails when we consider that Adam lived to be 930 years old (Gen. 5:5). Others have argued that these early men lived in a world that was disease free, leading to advance age. And finally, some have argued that God had intended to give man everlasting life on earth, but Adam destroyed this possibility. With each generation, as the degree of sinfulness increased, God reversed the plan, destroyed the world with the great flood, and changed the life expectancy to 120 years, when the “Lord said, ‘My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.’" Genesis 6:3. God reduced life expectancy once again in Psalm 90:10, "The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty, if we have the strength; yet their span is but trouble and sorrow, for they quickly pass, and we fly away."
While we know little about Methusaleh other than his genealogical link between Adam and Noah, he will go down in infamy for his longevity. The phrase “as old as Methusaleh” is often used to describe someone who is quite elderly. It is important to remember that we can age gracefully with Jesus in our hearts. Each day that we live provides with another opportunity to know and love God more. Wow! Methusaleh had over 900 years to grow in God’s love. Lucky guy!
I chose a variation of Old Mail to represent Methusaleh because he was the OLDest MALE in the Bible.