5) Gen 5:25–27: Methuselah experienced the longest recorded life in the Bible. Based upon the genealogy in Gen 5, the patriarch who lived on earth for the shortest period of time produced the biblical person who dwelt upon the planet the longest.
In the Old Testament, longevity typically signifies divine favor (Ps 91:14–16; Deut 6:1–2; Prov 10:27). However, even the oldest patriarch lived less than “a day” (yom) by the Lord’s accounting (Ps 90:1–6). This prevented these men from achieving a God-like status (Gen 3:17–19; Gen 5:5).
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Read Gen 5:25–27. In contrast to the account of Enoch, how does the record of Methuselah remind us of the effects of sin upon humanity?
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Hamilton, The Book of Genesis, Chapters 1–17, 257–8.
Waltke and Fredricks, Genesis: A Commentary, 115.