If I live to be a thousand years old, I hope that I am in good health.
Yeah–I know. It will be nearly impossible to live to be 1,000. After all, no one that we know of has done it. Even good, ‘ol Methuselah checked out at 969. I wonder if he lived a hundred good, active years and then spent the rest of his 869 years in a rocking chair or riding around on a Jazzy-type contraption pulled by a mule.
To tell the truth, I have never thought much about Methuselah and what he was like as the years kept going by. But here are a few things I believe that he was as he headed past the big 9-0-0.
1. Smelly. I’m almost certain that if I lived to be past 500 that I would stop caring so much about personal hygiene. Instead, I would be focused on the important things like breathing and not dying. Plus I’m certain that they didn’t have Axe back then. But they probably had Old Spice.
2. Cynical. I can imagine Methuselah sitting around, listening to the plans of the younger guys and thinking, “Yeah–I remember being that naive when I was 600-years-old, too. Morons.”
3. Bad with names. I have five kids and I am pretty sure that my youngest thinks her name is No-Bra-Jo-Ma-Mary Hope. Can you imagine what Methuselah may have called his great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great, great (I’m getting tired of typing great), grand-children with all of the names he had to remember swirling in his head. “Hey, Sha-She-Je-Ne-Kal-Tre-Phe-Cra-Ba-Ze-Pol-Sol-Ra-Dru-Me-Smo-Gre-Shi-Ple-Xe-Ho-Le-Tra-Ne-Fra-Awwwww–forget it.”
4. Uninhibited. It seems that as people get older they become more apt to freely share their opinions on just about everything. I would say that everyone knew exactly where they stood with Methuselah. And his wife probably quit asking him if every dress made her look fat long before he hit 900.
5. Bald. Even if Methuselah had a luxurious mane of hair for years and years, I would say that it would all eventually disappear. Of course, by that time his ear-hair would have been long enough to have the most amazing comb-over that the world has ever seen.
It is quite possible that Methuselah was none of these things. I have no idea, really. I do know that I will never reach 969-years-old.
At least not in this present world.
But I will in the world to come.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are not promised another day, another hour, another second. None of us really know when our time here will be over.
However, those of us who follow Christ know that when our time here is done, our time There will just be beginning.
So, I won’t reach 969 years old here.
But I will live forever in the presence of my King.
And that is far better.
What do you think Methuselah was like?
What are some of the things that your are looking forward to about Heaven?