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Answer to Bible Riddle

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Steven Switzer

This is the answer to the riddle given below.

Excluding immortals and supernatural beings (i.e. God, Jesus, Satan, angels, demons, etc.) what three mortal human beings were the longest lived of all in the entire Bible?

We excluded Melchizedek as the longest lived, because he neither had mother or father according to Hebrews 7:1 and thus was not born.

If you said that Methuselah was the longest lived of all mortals, he was actually the third longest lived. Of course, he lived 969 years according to Genesis 5:27, and he died. But take a look at Methuselah’s father Enoch. Enoch lived 365 years, and then according to Gen. 5:24, God took him. In other words, Enoch did not die, all the others were said to have died, except Enoch. Enoch is the first oldest human mortal. He was born according to Gen 5:18, and as a mortal certainly capable of dying, but he simply did not die. God took him out before he could die. The second oldest is Elijah. In 2 Kings 2:11 it says that Elijah was taken up into heaven in a flaming chariot, and thus was only the second person in the entire Bible who was said to never have died, but was taken up into heaven bodily. And even though Elijah was said to have lived long after Enoch, if Elijah is still alive, he would be far older than Methuselah.