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Lesson # Genesis 5:25-27
Study Material - Genesis 5:25-27
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25 And Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech. 26 Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters. 27 So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.
Ok. Now for Methuselah. What can we possibly learn from that man. Just three verses in this lesson. He had a son, Lamech, in the late 800's, that is after the creation of Adam. I should call that AC. Kind of like BC or AD, but we'll not try to confuse history record keepers or calendar buffs. Perhaps we could call it Julian dating, according to that calendar.
Anyway, Methuselah lived 969 years and was the oldest recorded person in history, and was probably the oldest person ever. He had lots of sons and daughters. Then he died.
We do not know what his occupation was. We do not know what his wife's name was. We do not know what his other children's names were, or what they did in life. Only Lamech's name is given. And Lamech is the ninth generation in the line of Christ. Methuselah was, of course eighth, and Noah will be the tenth generation.
If you printed out the generations chart, then notice that Adam, Methuselah, Noah, Shem, and Jacob are linked, or overlap in their life spans.
In the pre-flood era, Adam and Methuselah are the foundations of doctrine for the population of the world. Adam died and the miracle of Enoch brought reinforcement in faith. Methuselah was the son of Enoch, and became the second icon so to speak, holding people together in their faith and spiritual growth. Methuselah, was the foundation for Noah, who was the support for the faithful after the flood, then Shem, held the flag of faith until Jacob. After this Joseph was the rock, then his bones were the sign of Gods faithfulness during the period of their slavery. Then Moses came along the Mosaic Law held everyone's attention until the Cross. The completed Bible has been our point of reference since Christ's first advent. The rapture will be the rock for those who missed the boat and go into the tribulation. And Christ's second advent and rule will be the ultimate hero to look to during the millennium. Then, history will end and a whole new book will begin for our lives.
God has always had something or someone before us to give us strength through doctrine. There is always someone in history who is there to help us along in our spiritual lives. Whether it be a leader, or teacher, or both makes no difference. But there is always a strong person present. But too, that person or Law, is weak with the exception of Jesus Christ, of course. Our true strength comes from Gods Word. Our real hero is Jesus Christ. Our real source of spiritual growth is Bible doctrine resident in our souls.
Methuselah died just prior to the flood. He knew it was coming, and probably helped Noah and his sons build the ark, but Methuselah died, despite his age or influence, he still died. Man is weak and our ultimate destiny is physical death. During that last 120 years before the flood Noah would have received encouragement from Methuselah and continued in the construction of the ark. Believers should encourage each other. Times can be tough. Noah would have had lots of criticism. What is the boat for? And it is a long way from water. What is rain? This is a new concept since it had never rained before on the earth. We will see this later on. So with people laughing at him Noah no doubt received considerable moral and spiritual support from Methuselah.
Then Methuselah died. Noah would have had a funeral of some type. Lots of sadness and sorrow, but no time to waste because the hour of the flood was very near. Methuselah died in the year of the flood. The ark was nearly finished, and in those final days there was not time to feel sorry for ones self. Soon God would cover the earth with water, and Noah would be alone with his family in the ark. He had lost his support, Methuselah, and was now alone, except for God. And doctrine helped him get through this coming ordeal.
We may lose loved ones in our life, people who are close to us. We may lose a job we have had forever. We may suddenly lose our home, or something that has been significant in our lives. Remember, that things are just that, things. People are included in this 'things' concept. Nothing is forever, except doctrine. When we lose something or someone, we need to focus not on the loss, nut on the strength we receive from Gods Word resident in our soul. Without doctrine you would climb into a hole and feel sorry for yourself, then you would blame others, then you would become bitter, then you would want revenge, or cheer when someone else gets hurt. You would ruin your own life, from your own thought process.
Concentrate on doctrine and grow up spiritually, and stabilize your life for all that the world has to throw at you. Methuselah lived a long time but he still died. He could not help Noah after his death. Each of us has to be able to stand on our own feet and not lean on others as crutches for their support. Weak people need the support of others. Strong people use the support of God.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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