Five Patriarchs Lived Over 900 Years

The Bedouin shepherd lives in shabby box tents that dot the hillsides throughout Israel. When compared to our lives saturated with modern conveniences it seems as though they live a very difficult life. However, an interesting fact is that their average life span is more than 100 … More

Longevity

Many people find the tracing of their family tree an interesting study. Some find among their ancestors military heroes, famous politicians, judges, lawyers or individuals famous for some historical deed. Others may find that their line includes: robbers, murderers or other wicked  characters. Bible genealogies also include both good and bad.

Dr. Ryrie says that a record must have been kept on the events which occurred, beginning  with Genesis 2:7 and this was the source Moses  used in writing Genesis. It is interesting to note that five of the first seven patriarchs listed lived more than 900 years. This list reads as follows:

* Adam lived 930 years and he died (v. 5).

* Seth lived 912 years and he died (v. 8).

* Enos lived 905 years and he died (v. 11).

* Kenan lived 910 years and he died (v. 14).

* Mahalalel lived 830 years and he died (v. 16).

* Jared lived 962 years and he died (v. 20).

* Enoch lived 365 years and he was translated (vv 21-24).

How are we to understand this extreme longevity? It is impossible to indicate how these patriarchs could have lived so long. Whitcomb and Morris in their book say that the canopy of waters above the atmosphere prior to the flood filtered the solar rays and thus caused the sun to have no adverse effects on the longevity of man. We can’t be sure this is a fact but we know that God’s original plan was for man to live forever but because of his sin his life span was shortened. 

Application

It is not how long I live that really counts but what I do with the life that God gives me.

Genesis 5:1-24 (English Standard Version)

This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. The days of Adam after he fathered Seth were 800 years; and he had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days that Adam lived were 930 years, and he died. When Seth had lived 105 years, he fathered Enosh. Seth lived after he fathered Enosh 807 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Seth were 912 years, and he died. When Enosh had lived 90 years, he fathered Kenan. Enosh lived after he fathered Kenan 815 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enosh were 905 years, and he died. When Kenan had lived 70 years, he fathered Mahalalel. Kenan lived after he fathered Mahalalel 840 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Kenan were 910 years, and he died. When Mahalalel had lived 65 years, he fathered Jared. Mahalalel lived after he fathered Jared 830 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Mahalalel were 895 years, and he died. When Jared had lived 162 years he fathered Enoch. Jared lived after he fathered Enoch 800 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Jared were 962 years, and he died. When Enoch had lived 65 years, he fathered Methuselah. Enoch walked with God after he fathered Methuselah 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Thus all the days of Enoch were 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.

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