A man at the age of 116 passed away in 2013. He was considered to be the oldest person in history. Is this really the case? Let's see what the Old Testament has to say. There are several individuals listed who lived much longer.
Before I tell you who these people are, I want to say a few words about the Old Testament. If you say this doesn't count as history then I can also choose not to believe our own history books. History is history, written, recorded, and passed down through generations, and must be accepted as such unless there is a very good credible and documented evidence to the contrary. Would you say that Abraham Lincoln was a mythical figure or that the U.S. Civil War was a fairy tale? Of course, you wouldn't. But this is what some people choose to do with stories in the Old Testament, with no literary bases.
When you see the ages of these people you will wonder, like I do, how they could have lived so long. Just because I don't understand something in history, doesn't mean it did not happen. There is also a spiritual blindness that makes it difficult for many people to accept the Bible as literally true. Also, in Old Testament pre-Noahic flood times, there was a totally different kind of living environment on planet earth which made long life possible. There are books on this subject, which explain it from a scientific and ecological point of view. Maybe following strict dietary laws also had something to do with it. So, with all of this said, you can believe what you want.
Here are some of the longest living people recorded in the Old Testament.
ADAM lived to be 930. (Genesis 5:5)
NOAH lived to be 950. (Genesis 9:29)
MOSES lived to be 120. (Deuteronomy 34:7)
ABRAHAM lived to be 175. (Genesis 25:7) Notice the ages of these two people, even AFTER the flood.
A man by the wierd name of Methuselah is the oldest person in recorded history. According to Genesis 5:27 he lived to be 969. Now, here are 3 significant things about this man. One, his name means "when he is dead it shall be sent." ("It" refers to judgment.) Two, the same year that he died was the same year the Noahic flood began. Three, his long life is an indication of the grace of God being prolonged before judgment, giving people a long time to repent.
I hope you have enjoyed this little bit of "history."
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