In Genesis chapter 5 we find the generations of Adam. It runs the line of Seth all the way
down to Noah. Out of the ten names mentioned in chapter 5 there are three we will look at.
The first is Enoch. Verse 22 says that Enoch walked with God for 300 years AFTER his son
Methuselah was born. In Hebrew, the name Methuselah means, "When he is dead it shall be sent."
Some Bible Scholars believe that God told Enoch that He was going to destroy the inhabitants
of the earth when Methuselah died and this is why Enoch walked with God. It seems to me,
though, if God confided this information to Enoch, he must have already been walking with God!
Heb.11:5 says Enoch was translated from this world to the next without physical death because
of his great faith.
Methuselah is the second man in chapter 5 we will look at. Methuselah lived longer than any
other person we have record of: 969 years. Again, some speculate this is because God was going
to destroy the earth after Methuselah died and He was prolonging his life, giving man more time
for repentance. (Wouldn't that be so much like our wonderful, loving Father?) Methuselah was
Noah's grandfather and some believe he may actually have died in the flood. Certainly, it is
a possibility. Methuselah was 187 years old when his son, Lamech was born. He lived 782 years
after Lamech was born. Lamech was 182 years old when Noah was born, so Methuselah would have
been 369. Noah was 600 years old when the flood started, so Methuselah would have been 969 at
the beginning of the flood. So Methuselah either died just prior to the flood as was mentioned
before or he died IN the flood. Personally, I do not believe he died in the flood. The Bible
tells us that Noah was a righteous man who found grace in the Lord's eyes. He had enough faith
to work for 100 years building a boat in obedience to God's command. He surely learned some of
his belief in God at home from his parents and grandparents. Lamech, Noah's father, died 5
years before the flood. I believe, had Methuselah been alive when the flood of waters started,
he would have been on the ark!
The fifth chapter ends with Noah and his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Noah is the third
man mentioned in Chapter five that is worthy of a closer look. The next four chapters are
devoted to Noah, his experiences and his family. I am looking forward to examining these
scriptures with you in the next few weeks. Be sure to bookmark this site so you can come back
and study with me. I look forward to hearing your comments!!!
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
1) Do you think Enoch knew God was going to destroy the earth when Methuselah died? If not,
why do you think he gave his son this name?
2) Why do you think Methuselah lived so long?
3) Do you think Methuselah died in the flood? Explain.
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