April 5, 2013
Genesis 5-Part 1
And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred sixty and nine years: and he died.
LET IT GLOW
How old is or was the oldest person you have known?
My aunt was 100 years old when she died. Her daughter celebrated her 90th birthday a few months ago. My grandfather was in his 90's when he died. These relatives are all on my mother's side of the family. (My aunt did not consider it a blessing to have lived so long.) I sure don't desire to live that long, considering all the aches and pains I have been experiencing lately, and I'm not 60 yet. A long life is considered to be a blessing from the Lord.
I remember a common saying, "That's as old as Methuselah." Apparently, the speaker consider something very old, or else they didn't realize how long Methuselah lived.
In chapter 5, we read of the longest living man-Methuselah, who lived 969 years. Who was this guy? He was the son of Enoch. They knew each other for 300 years. Isn't that amazing, to have such a long relationship with your father? Enoch had the right influence on his son because Enoch walked with God those 300 years.
What kind of influence are we having on our children and grandchildren? Are we showing them how to walk by faith in Jesus? Are we teaching them the Bible with our life?
LET IT GROW
Methuselah means "man of a dart," according to Strong's Concordance.
Matthew Henry said that the name could mean "he dies, there is a dart, or sending forth."
Liberty Bible Commentary states that the name means "when he is dead it shall be sent."
Arthur Pink said it means "when he dies, it shall come."
Anyway, it's a testimony of God's wonderful grace in blessing the godly line and people while upon earth. Also, it's a testimony of God's coming judgment unless men repent of their ungodliness.
(The Preacher's Outline and Sermon Bible)
Within 1600 years, men of the chosen lineage of the Savior became wicked (6:5).
Methuselah's long life was no accident, from eating health foods, or exercise. It was due to God's grace being extended. His grandson was Noah.
How did God warn these immoral, worldly, godless men of Cain and Seth?
- Adam taught, preached, and warned his descendants for 930 years.
- Enoch also preached and warned the world of their ungodly deeds and of the coming judgment of God upon all ungodliness (Jude 14-15).
- Methuselah probably preached about God's judgment coming, because of his very name.
- Noah was a preacher of righteousness, warning the people up to the very end (2 Peter 2:5).
In Genesis 6:3, the Lord said, My spirit shall not always strive with man.
When the Holy Spirit speaks, offering salvation, one should surrender to it right then. God's grace is extended on His timetable, not ours. Today if ye hear His voice, harden not your hearts. (Heb. 4:7, Ps. 95:7)
Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Jesus Christ is the only only way to heaven, to God our Heavenly Father. Have you believed on Him?
Have you asked Him to forgive you of your sins and be your Savior?
Friends, are we sharing the gospel of hope to a lost world?
LET IT GO
Walk by faith all the days of my life.
Show His grace and mercy.