Yesterday I was relaxing and thumbing through my Bible and hanging out in Genesis for a bit. I wasn’t looking for anything in particular but I casually read through lineages and again noticed how long everyone lived. Wowzers…I can’t imagine what it would be like to live 800 or 900 years. It’s funny what will catch our attention at times. Of course, I came upon the infamous Methuselah, 969 years! Dang. Then I moved on to his son, Lamech – I don’t really know anything about him – and then comes Noah.
Screech! Hang on and back up a bit….Noah was Methuselah’s grandson?
Now, I’m getting curious. If Methuselah was the world’s longest living person and Noah was only a grandson, then surely Methuselah would have been around for the flood. So I pulled out a piece of paper and made a little timeline and well, whaddayaknow? Guess who died in the flood? THE flood?
Yep. Old man Methuselah probably would have lived longer, but he was caught up in the flood. I don’t know why, but that was a little shocker for me. I’ve read about Methuselah and I’ve read about Noah – but for a specific purpose, that being to know how long Methuselah lived and to read about the flood, but I’ve never connected the two.
Honestly, I’m embarrassed that I’m just now putting the two together. For as long as I’ve been reading and studying the Bible you would have thought I’d figure that out by now. 🧐
And then there’s Enoch
I’ve always assumed that Methuselah was a godly man simply because he was in the Bible. Whether he was or not, the Bible does not say. Perhaps he wasn’t. They clearly lived in turbulent times. The world was so evil, God was about to wipe it out completely. Why didn’t Methuselah board the ark?
I went back to see who his father was. It was Enoch. What?! So Methuselah’s dad was Enoch. You know, the guy who walked so close to God that one day he was just “gone”. He is only 1 of 2 people in the entire human history to not die (Elijah is the other). He was so close to God he was taken.
Enoch (righteous, taken by God)
Methuselah (nothing said)
Lamech (prophesied over his newborn son, Noah)
Noah (righteous, walked with God like Enoch did).
Lamech appears to be a righteous, God-fearing man as he prophesies over his newborn son, Noah, and the Bible clearly identifies Noah as another man who “walked with God” – the same wording used with Enoch. But it says nada regarding Methuselah.
I find it interesting that the Bible records the spiritual condition of Enoch, Lamech, and Noah, but not for Methuselah. A logical conclusion would be that Methuselah did not have the same fervor or belief that the rest of the family did. It’s not for certain, but it is probable.
SAME FAMILY, DIFFERENT DIRECTIONS
I wonder if Lamech spent a lot of time with his grandfather, Enoch. Watching him walk so closely with God. Enoch obviously paved the way for there to be a righteous “restart” here on earth. It isn’t a coincidence that Noah was the great-grandson of Enoch. Lamech obviously soaked in the influence of his grandfather and knew that when his own son was born, that Noah was the one that perhaps his grandfather told him about.
Noah obviously had similar characteristics as his great-grandfather as the Bible uses the same words to describe Noah as it does to describe Enoch.
Where was Methuselah in all of this? Did he succumb to the influences of the world at that time and reject the faith of his father? We won’t know on this side of heaven, but it reminds me that even with the best family, nothing is guaranteed. Blessings and faith can be spoken and modeled, but we each still have our own decisions to make.
I can only assume Methuselah died in the flood. As the rains fell (for the first time in history), what went through his mind? Was the ark, built by his grandson, the last thing he saw? Was he invited on their journey of faith – because boarding that ark was CERTAINLY a step of faith?
Or was Methuselah a man of righteousness as well and encouraged Noah in his endeavors, but was taken by the Lord before the rains came?
Either way, it is interesting to think about this unique family and the dynamics that happened there.
Don't take my word for it. Take God's Word for it. You can read about Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, and Noah in Genesis 5,6,& 7.