Methuselah & the Meaning of Names

I started watching the movie Noah again. Now, I know that it is very Hollywood-ized. It is helpful to note that the director used the Book of Enoch for most of the narrative. That’s why the Watchers are mentioned (even though not exactly the correct way. That’s a topic for another journal entry).

There is a scene where Methuselah is killed in the flood. So of course, that got me thinking. Did that happen? I don’t know if we will ever know for sure, but here is something I did find out from a quick research: Methuselah did die in the same year as the flood. (lots of math involved). However, we aren’t given an exact month/day. But an interesting idea is formed when you look at the meaning of Methuselah’s name and a bit of Jewish culture

Methuselah = “At his death [something] was sent”

And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Of every clean beast thou shalt take to thee by sevens, the male and his female: and of beasts that are not clean by two, the male and his female. Of fowls also of the air by sevens, the male and the female; to keep seed alive upon the face of all the earth. For yet seven days, and I will cause it to rain upon the earth forty days and forty nights; and every living substance that I have made will I destroy from off the face of the earth. And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him. Genesis 7:1-5

The seven day period could have been a Shiva. In Jewish culture, the shiva is the traditional seven-day period of mourning, following the burial, when mourners stay at home and receive guests to offer them comfort and participate in daily religious services. At Methuselah’s death, God gave Noah seven days for mourning, and then sent the flood.

Also, I found another theory that compares the Pre-flood situation to Sodom and Gomorrah. Abraham begged God to spare the cities if at least 10 righteous were found to live there. That way God wouldn’t destroy the righteous along with the wicked.

…32 And he said, Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten’s sake. 33 And the Lord went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place. Genesis 18:32-33

After the death of Methuselah and Lamech (Noah’s father died about 5 years before the flood), there were only 8 people left who went into the Ark. These were Noah, Shem, Ham, Japheth, and their wives. Less than 10 righteous people left on the face of the earth. 

Again, this is all speculation. We won’t know for sure until the time when Yeshua reveals the scriptures to us. 

Ok, back to the meaning of Methuselah’s name. Actually, let’s go further than that. I never understood the importance behind all the genealogical chapters in the Bible, beyond showing that Yeshua was born from the line of David. But when we dig into the Hebrew meaning behind these names, we get an amazing message. For this journal entry, I am only going to look at the names from Adam to Noah:

Hebrew = English

Adam = Man

Seth = Appointed

Enosh = Mortal

Kenan = Sorrow

Mahalalel = The Blessed God

Jared = Shall come down

Enoch = Teaching

Methuselah = His death shall bring

Lamech = The Despairing

Noah = Comfort (or Rest)

That’s rather remarkable:

Man (is) appointed mortal sorrow; (but) the Blessed God shall come down teaching (that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.”

How beautiful! Right there, hidden in the names, is the message of Salvation!

“Man (is) appointed moral sorrow”Because of Adam and Eve’s sin, “mortal sorrow” death entered the world.

16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:16-17

“(but) the Blessed God shall come down ” – Yeshua came down to earth in the form of a baby. 

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Matthew 1:23

Yeshua , the Light of the World, our God, came down to earth in the form of a man. 

That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.10 He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.11 He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. 14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John 1:9-14

(that) His death shall bring (the) despairing rest.” Yeshua’s sacrificial death brings salvation from death. We now have rest in Him.

28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30

18 For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: 19 By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; 20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. 21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ: 22 Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

1 Peter 3:18-22

Come as You Are

by Crowder

….So lay down your burdens

Lay down your shame

All who are broken

Lift up your face

Oh wanderer come home

You’re not too far

So lay down your hurt

Lay down your heart

Come as you are

Come as you are

Fall in his arms

Come as you are

There’s joy for the morning

Oh sinner be still

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t heal

Earth has no sorrow

That heaven can’t heal

Hallelujah! Salvation in Yeshua!  שָׁלוֹם לְךָ Peace to you. 

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