When you look at the lineage, some striking things stand out as the time of Noah draws close. 1st, Noah’s great granddad, Enoch only lived on earth 365 yrs–the significance is not how long he lived–it is how long he lived on earth. You see Enoch never died–God was so close to him that he simply took him home, without his experiencing death–What a testimony of a life of devotion. In addition, Enoch literally named his son “When he dies judgment will come”–Methuselah.
Methuselah has the amazing distinction of being the longest living human to die–He was a picture of God’s devotion to his father and also God’s devotion to man. Methuselah was a true illustration of God withholding judgement–He did so for close to 1000 years. By that time, men were turning terrible and this family–a line of faithful men, were standing out. Interestingly, merely a year after Methuselah’s death, God sent his judgement–It would be the beginning of a different world.
We see very few that live past 100 years old. To understand that a father and son live for that length of time shows a love and devotion between God and them. It would be so great to have that kind of relationship with God–We do, we will live with him for eternity. It will be a world without sin and a life without disease or sickness–the kind of life God intended. I simply pray that I will have the love for him and the connection that these great men of God had!
God Bless You
21 When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. 22 After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. 23 Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. 24 Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away.
25 When Methuselah had lived 187 years, he became the father of Lamech. 26 After he became the father of Lamech, Methuselah lived 782 years and had other sons and daughters. 27 Altogether, Methuselah lived a total of 969 years, and then he died.
28 When Lamech had lived 182 years, he had a son. 29 He named him Noah[c] and said, “He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed.” 30 After Noah was born, Lamech lived 595 years and had other sons and daughters. 31 Altogether, Lamech lived a total of 777 years, and then he died.
32 After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.