In our OT passage today we see how quickly humanity became utterly depraved to the point that God destroyed the entire planet, with the exception of Noah and his family. Fewer than 10 people survived the flood. That is staggering!
I found this image which show the lifespans of the patriarchs from Adam to Noah, with the jagged line representing the flood.
With how long they lived, Adam was still alive during Lamech's (Noah's father) lifetime. How his heart must have broken to see the degeneration of mankind - what a far cry from the perfection of Eden!
Methuselah died the same year as the flood - as he was the son of Enoch, a very godly man, likely he did not die in the flood, but rather before the flood. There is some suggestion that his name may mean "when he dies, it will come" as a prophecy of the flood, though that cannot be certain. Interesting to speculate, though.
This verse jumped out at me in Romans 2....
3 Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance?
Mankind in general definitely presumes upon the goodness of God. We have become so used to His grace, in particular common grace (things such as sunshine, rain, etc), that we've actually relegated God as irrelevant unless an emergency arises, at which time we pray for a miracle from our wish-granting genie, and become angry if He doesn't give us what we want or need. We blame God for the bad things in our lives, but give Him no credit for the good things.
The truth is, every single good and perfect gift is from Him. Everything. Every breath we take is an act of His grace. A huge reminder not to take His mercies and grace for granted.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage passage: Genesis 7-9, Romans 3