Methuselah has the impressive distinction of being the oldest man on earth. He lived more days than any other person and in so doing proved the kindness and patience of our Lord.
Methuselah’s name means “after me comes judgement.” Methuselah’s grandson was Noah. 1 Peter 3:20 says that “God’s patience waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared.” Indeed His patience waited 969 years before He judged the world with water during which time He worked a plan of salvation for mankind through the safe passage of 8 people on a boat.
1 Peter 3:18 speaks of God’s broader plan of salvation for mankind. “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.” Each day of our life is a testament to God’s kindness and patience. Each passing day can be THE day of salvation for those who trust in Him to provide safe passage from death unto life.
“Day by day and with each passing moment,
strength I find to meet my trials here;
trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
gives unto each day what He deems best—
lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
mingling toil with peace and rest.”
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