Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and became the father of Lamech. Then Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years after he became the father of Lamech, and he had other sons and daughters. So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years, and he died. (Genesis 5:25-27)969 years. Out of all the people who have walked on this earth, Methuselah has, by far, lived the longest of any recorded man in history. His 969 years is comparable with only a few men. Jared, mentioned in Genesis 5:20, lived 962 years. And Adam, the first man, lived for 930 years (see Natural Death - Genesis 5:4-5).
969 years. It's hard to grasp. In an age when a person is fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on how you look at it) to live 100 years, it's strange to realize that 5 millennia ago, a person 100 years old would be considered youth.
969 years. They were cut short by a catastrophe— a massive flood sent by God which covered the whole planet. Adding up the years in the genealogy in Genesis 5 reveals an interesting piece of information: Methuselah died in the same year that God sent the flood! It is unknown whether Methuselah died before the flood or in the flood. However, since Methuselah's name means, "man of a dart," some additional insight can be gathered. Some commentators suggest that this "dart" refers to the flood— that Methuselah's name was a prophesy of the judgment to come.
969 years. It may be over 10 times the lifespan in this current period of history. It may seem like an eternity, but it's not. Man is like a mere breath; His days are like a passing shadow. (Psalm 144:4) Relative to 100 years, 969 years is a long time, but relative to eternity, it's virtually nothing. Man is nothing but a speck on the timeline of eternity:
State of the World (2948 BC): Noah's Birth - Genesis 5:28
Genealogy Timeline - Genesis 5
The Genealogy Introduced - Genesis 5:1-2
The Genealogy: Adam to Noah - Genesis 5
Enoch: A Prophet in the Pre-Flood World - Genesis 5:21-24