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There is a man in the Old Testament that is commonly known for his length of age and is recognized by most as being the longest-lived man in history. His name is Methuselah and he lived for nine hundred and sixty nine years. When Methuselah was two hundred and thirty five years old something occurred in his family that none of us have experienced- though we may have colorful tales to tell about our family history- this one has it’s proper place in time that may be tough to beat.
By the time it happened, Methuselah (who was the 8th generation from Adam) was married and had a family of his own. The rest of his long-lived Grandfathers were still on the earth with their families, Adam, Seth, Enos, Cainan, Mahalaleel, Jared, and his own father, Enoch. The Bible does not go into great detail about the incident, but if it occurred today it would make the headline news.
Back in Methuselah’s time there were no news outlets or written forms of communication to spread the news. The way news spread was by word of mouth, and since Methuselah and his grandfathers and their families lived such a long time, everyone within hearing distance would eventually have knowledge of what happened, and all news, especially news like this would be passed from generation to generation. The scripture references come from Genesis 5, Hebrews 11, and Jude 1 for those who would like to verify this news.
Perhaps some of Methuselah’s family or even Methuselah himself was not surprised by the occurrence, but as we see in scripture some folks were having a hard time believing what happened the day that Methuselah’s dad, Enoch, disappeared from the face of the earth.
Enoch disappeared? Yes, indeed.
Methuselah’s Father and the Grandfather of Methuselah’s children, Enoch, disappeared from the face of the earth.
Does that sound like something from Star Trek or a science fiction movie? The truth is much better than any fiction, and I will go into more detail next time about the history and the cause of the disappearance of Enoch, Methuselah’s father.
Until next time, God bless you and your loved ones.