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Old as Methuselah
Posted By: Carolee
8/20/2013 8:56:37 AM


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And I, for another, am thankful that one of those wretched lost sheep that the Good Shepherd went after was named Carol.

Reply # 1 - ReplyTo ID: 10163

Posted By: TomLaMendola -
Date: 8/21/2013 8:33:56 AM
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Comments: Amen Wendy. I myself are a prodigal son and now first hand of the mercy and grace of our God!
Reply # 2 - ReplyTo ID: 10162

Posted By: GaleWare -
Date: 8/20/2013 7:05:54 PM
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Comments: I loved this article Wendy, but everything you write is excellent. Now I can't wait to get the book of Enoch to read for myself.
Reply # 3 - ReplyTo ID: 10161

Posted By: WarrenBowdoin -
Date: 8/20/2013 2:41:10 PM
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thanks Wendy!  In light of this it is interesting how many folks look to Noah and his boat as as type of the rapture of church.  it seems too clear that Noah survived the judgment but Enoch didn't even see it... 

oh the arguments that must go on over these types of nuggets...

God Bless!!!  I can't wait to see my Savior.

When i saw the tytle of this i thought you were going to discuss the "oldest star" that they recently dated.  Older than the galaxy in which it resides...

Reply # 4 - ReplyTo ID: 10160

Posted By: Kerry -
Date: 8/20/2013 11:40:25 AM
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Thanks again Wendy for another great article.

Reply # 5 - ReplyTo ID: 10159

Posted By: GeorgiaMiller -
Date: 8/20/2013 10:47:49 AM
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Thanks, Wendy.  Another great teaching today.

Reply # 6 - ReplyTo ID: 10158

Posted By: Mark R -
Date: 8/20/2013 10:29:03 AM
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Comments: Awesome AGAIN Wendy!!!...here's Chcuck Missler's take, is also pretty cool:

The Flood Judgment

Methuselah comes from muth, a root that means "death";1 and from shalach, which means to bring, or to send forth. The name Methuselah means, "his death shall bring".2

Methuselah's father was given a prophecy of the coming Great Flood, and was apparently told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld; but as soon as he died, the flood would be brought or sent forth.

(Can you imagine raising a kid like that? Every time the boy caught a cold, the entire neighborhood must have panicked!)

And, indeed, the year that Methuselah died, the flood came.3

It is interesting that Methuselah's life, in effect, was a symbol of God's mercy in forestalling the coming judgment of the flood.

Therefore, it is fitting that his lifetime is the oldest in the Bible, speaking of the extensiveness of God's mercy.

The Other Names

If there is such significance in Methuselah's name, let's examine the other names to see what may lie behind them.

Adam's name means man. As the first man, that seems straight forward enough.


Adam's son was named Seth, which means appointed. Eve said, "For God hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew."4


Seth's son was called Enosh, which means mortal, frail, or miserable. It is from the root anash, to be incurable, used of a wound, grief, woe, sickness, or wickedness.

It was in the days of Enosh that men began to defile the name of the Living God.5


Enosh's son was named Kenan, which can mean sorrow, dirge, or elegy. (The precise denotation is somewhat elusive; some study aids unfortunately presume that Kenan is synonymous with Cainan.)

Balaam, looking down from the heights of Moab, uses a pun upon the name of the Kenites when he prophesies their destruction.6

We have no real idea as to why these names were chosen for their children. Often they may have referred to circumstances at birth, and so on.


Kenan's son was Mahalalel, from Mahalal which means blessed or praise; and El, the name for God. Thus, Mahalalel means the Blessed God. Often Hebrew names include El, the name of God, as Dan-i-el, "God is my Judge", etc.


Mahalalel's son was named Jared, from the verb yaradh, meaning shall come down.7


Jared's son was named Enoch, which means teaching, or commencement. He was the first of four generations of preachers. In fact, the earliest recorded prophecy was by Enoch, which amazingly enough deals with the Second Coming of Christ (although it is quoted in the Book of Jude in the New Testament):

Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, "Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against."
Jude 14, 15

Enoch was the father of Methuselah, who we have already mentioned. Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah.8 Apparently, Enoch received the prophecy of the Great Flood, and was told that as long as his son was alive, the judgment of the flood would be withheld. The year that Methuselah died, the flood came.

Enoch, of course, never died: he was translated 9 (or, if you'll excuse the expression, raptured ). That's how Methuselah can be the oldest man in the Bible, yet he died before his father!


Methuselah's son was named Lamech, a root still evident today in our own English word, lament or lamentation. Lamech suggests despairing.

(This name is also linked to the Lamech in Cain's line who inadvertently killed his son Tubal-Cain in a hunting incident.10)


Lamech, of course, is the father of Noah, which is derived from nacham, to bring relief or comfort, as Lamech himself explains in Genesis 5:29.

The Composite List

Now let's put it all together:

Hebrew English
Adam Man
Seth Appointed
Enosh Mortal
Kenan Sorrow;
Mahalalel The Blessed God
Jared Shall come down
Enoch Teaching
Methuselah His death shall bring
Lamech The Despairing
Noah Rest, or comfort.
That's rather remarkable:

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.

Reply # 7 - ReplyTo ID: 10157

Posted By: Unknown -
Date: 8/20/2013 9:55:46 AM
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Comments: And Steve, too! Thank you, Lord! This was an excellent study Wendy. I appreciate your writings! God bless! Keep looking up!
Reply # 8 - ReplyTo ID: 10156

Posted By: Michael -
Date: 8/20/2013 9:22:10 AM
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Comments: Well OK, but I feel the need to ponder this one for a while.

Thank you again, Wendy.