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Author Topic:   Why, if god limited man's life to 120 years, did people live longer?
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Message 104 of 230 (406543)
06-21-2007 1:32 AM

I am not sure what the problem is here. The context of Gen. 4-6 should be simple enough. The book of Gen. is outlined into 10 smaller books or genealogies or histories. Chapter 5 starts a new history (#2) hence "This is the book of the genealogy of Adam." In doing so it brings you from what was said before reguarding Creation and Adam to the focus of the new subject Adam and his descendants particularly Noah and the flood. The next history is the history of the sons of Noah and the events surrounding the Tower of Babel.
God told Noah when he was 480 that he had given mankind 120 years until HE would destroy the world with the Flood. The reason was mans wickedness - culminating in the events reguarding the "bene elohim" or sons of God.
Noah began to have his three sons when he was 500 and when he was 600 the flood came. This is not that difficult of a passage to exegete. It is not say man would from that point on live only 120 yrs (seeing Noahs sons lived longer than that) nor do we have to finagel it to mean an appoximate time. The truth is there for those who would seek in faith that the Word of the Living God is reliable and accurate in its details.
Note: Methusalah; meaning (his death shall bring) lived the longest - 969 yrs old (hence Gods grace). He died the year that the flood came in the 600th year of Noah.

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