Substance

Genesis 5:25-27

25 Methuselah live a hundred and eighty-seven years and was father to Lamech[1]. 26 And, after becoming father to Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years and was father to sons and daughters. 27 And all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died.

Application

According to the Bible, Methuselah was the longest living person on earth, outdoing Jared by seven years.  Methuselah had a son called “Lamek” or “Powerful” at the age of a hundred and eighty-seven years old… and then he had other sons and daughters over the following seven hundred and eighty-two years.

Isn’t it funny?  We strive so hard to achieve long life on earth, and here I am, have just read about the amazing longevity of Methuselah, and, praying about what I can say about it, there’s nothing.   All I can take from this is that, without Jesus, the Christ and the provider of eternal life, this life is meaningless, regardless of how long it might be.

There appears to be no substance to life unless it has an eternal perspective.  Sure, there are great accomplishments that people make, but in the end, all that can be said is… “and he (or she) died.”  When Jesus said that he had come to give us life to the full, I feel certain he was talking about eternity, not just a better life here on earth right now… He conquered death.

Prayer

Father, I need You here on earth.  I so appreciate the things of the world that You have lavished on me… my family, my friends, health, money, a home, clothes, cars, food, work, favour… everything… and THANK YOU SO MUCH!! However, please help me to be focused on the “real” future, that of eternity spent with You.

In Jesus’ name.  Amen.


[1] לָמֶךְ – lamek – Strongs 3929 – (n . m proper) – “Lamek, name of a person, son of Methusael = ‘powerful’”