All through Genesis, remarkable stories of how God launched out with men can be seen. Some of them include Adam, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and many others. Apart from the Patriarchs of Israel, there are a few notable people that not much is mentioned about them. On the other hand, there are people like Noah and Joseph who do not appear among the Patriarchs but certainly had outstanding achievements in their generation. Among those that had little achievements include Methuselah.
The Oldest Man That Ever Lived
Genesis 5:21 records that Enoch (the man who never died) was the father of Methuselah. Methuselah is said to have lived for 969 years after which he died (Genesis 5:27). From Biblical records, 969 is the longest that any man has ever lived on the earth. So from the time of Adam till date, Methuselah still holds the record of the longest person that ever lived. It's obvious that nobody will ever outlive him in terms of years but we can outlive Methuselah in other ways.
How can we outlive Methuselah?
It seems ironical that we can outlive Methuselah when even the oldest living person in the world today hasn't reached 200 years.
1. To outlive Methuselah, we have to look beyond the age
Focus on the achievement. The Bible only records that Methuselah lived 969 years and died. Nothing else is said of him. However, we should strive to make meaning out of our life even if we die young. Jesus Christ died at 33 years but he had accomplished the purpose for which He came. At the end of the day, it's not about how long we live but how meaningful we were in our generation.
2. Strive to live a lasting legacy
Nothing much is known of Methuselah after his death. However, we should desire to live fulfilled lives by making impact while we are still alive. The achievements we make should outlive us rather than die with us. For example, Abraham is still remembered in many nations and religions today although he died a very long time ago. Others include Moses, David and Jesus Christ. They are remembered for their outstanding achievements while they still lived. What will your generation remember you for?
3. Live a life of purpose
Purpose entails the reason for your existence. It is what you were born to do. When you discover purpose, you will be self driven and you will strive to achieve your goals in pursuit of that purpose. In this way, you will be better than Methuselah whose only remarkable achievement was to live long.
As I conclude, I would like to point out that despite having achieved less in his lifetime, Methuselah became one of the ancestors of Jesus Christ. At least he is listed in the lineage of Jesus Christ (Luke 3:37). We are not simply being critical of him rather we are learning from his story.
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